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Chambers 2022 rankings

DS Burstall LLP has been ranked in Chambers 2022 rankings for commercial and corporate law and for Alberta.

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Sundial Growers Completes the Acquisition of Spiritleaf Retail Cannabis Network

Calgary, AB (July 20, 2021) — Sundial Growers Inc. (Nasdaq: SNDL) (“Sundial” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce the completion of the previously disclosed arrangement (the “Arrangement”) whereby Sundial has acquired all of the issued and outstanding common shares of Inner Spirit Holdings Ltd. (CSE: ISH) (OTCQB: INSHF) (“Inner Spirit”) (“Inner Spirit Shares”) for consideration per Inner Spirit Share consisting of (i) $0.30 in cash and (ii) 0.0835 of a common share of Sundial.

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DS Lawyers Canada and Burstall LLP Announce Landmark Merger

QUÉBEC CITY, MONTRÉAL and CALGARY, July 5, 2021 – DS Lawyers, an international business law firm with its Canadian headquarters in Québec City and Montréal, and Burstall LLP, a highly respected boutique business law firm based in Calgary, have come to an agreement to combine their teams, expertise and business. Effective July 1, 2021, Burstall LLP has merged with DS Lawyers (DS Avocats) and changed its name to DS Burstall.

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COVID-19: DS Burstall LLP Message to Our Clients and Community

Dear clients and friends,

The COVID-19 virus, which has been declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization, continues to spread in Canada and around the globe. DS Burstall LLP is committed to ensuring the health and safety of our staff, clients and community as the impact of the COVID-19 continues to present new challenges to worldwide. We recognize your need for continued high quality counsel and services during this time and have implemented business continuity policies to ensure that we continue to operate with as little disruption as possible. We are working hard to ensure that you have all the necessary resources, and that we continue to provide you with effective and efficient service.

We have implemented a number of measures in our office to ensure everyone’s health and well-being through this outbreak. Specifically, we have taken the following steps:

  • Continued Client Service – We have implemented processes so that our team is able to work remotely, so travelling to and from the office will not be required. Effective March 16, 2020, our office will remain open with limited personnel, but we have mandated that staff and lawyers work from home. Our technology, systems and data are secure and we will continue to test our protocols to ensure continuity of service.
  • Sanitization – We have ensured hand sanitizer is available throughout our office to staff and clients, including a hand sanitizing station in the elevator lobby.  We are continually using disinfectant to wipe down public areas in our office, and have cleaners attend our offices numerous times a day to further wipe down door handles, elevator buttons and other high traffic areas.
  • Travel, Meetings and Events – We have mandated that all non-essential firm travel will be cancelled.  For meetings we have implemented various forms of video and phone conferencing to accommodate continued service for our clients while limiting the need for in person meetings.  Finally, for the health and safety of our guests, we have postponed planning our annual firm reception.

We will continue to monitor updates provided by Alberta Health Services and the World Health Organization and will act in accordance with all new information and guidance from health authorities.

These measures will ensure we are able to continue to provide the highest level of client service while ensuring the health and well-being our staff, clients and community. We are committed to remaining responsive to our clients during the COVID-19 pandemic.

We also understand the impact that COVID-19 is having on business and the markets in which our clients operate. Our expertise can help you navigate the legal and business implications of COVID-19 and manage the issues it presents. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us to discuss any areas of concern.

If you have any questions, please email us at info@burstall.com or contact any of our professionals directly.

Dale Burstall,
Managing Partner


Victor Frank Burstall
(August 11, 1931 – July 27, 2020)

It is with sadness we announce the passing of Mr. Victor Frank Burstall.
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(January 15, 1975 – May 20, 2020)

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our partner and friend, Darren M. Smits.
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How we define ourselves – Who We Are – Our Service Approach

We know business. We have implemented a fresh forward-thinking approach that differentiates us from any prior experience you may have had with other law firms. We’re markedly different because we:

Deploy our team of experts to develop innovative strategies predicated on accomplishing a well-defined mission in a critical path time frame.

Concentrate on developing fast-track solutions rather than dragging matters out. Your goal is to be back in charge of what you do well. Our objective is to ensure you are leading your company by focusing your energy, time, and resources on your business agenda to market your brand instead of fighting a rear guard action. See us as part of your team rather than acting out of self-interest.

Rely upon a business model formulated on ‘low overhead’. We avoided creating unnecessary bricks and mortar infrastructure or replicating identical units of skill sets in our locations. We don’t over lawyer. We see ourselves as a special forces unit able to dispatch its members to the field to get the job done. Your expectation is to acquire the best intellectual capital. We’re not out to impress you with anything more than our talent.

Partner with you to achieve your success by offering a variety of innovative flexible billing arrangements to support your end game. We share your interests. We understand the value of money, the importance of cost-certainty, and the need to avoid surprises resulting from unpredictable spikes in fees.

The combined strengths gained from the creation of our national boutique law firm allows us to provide entrepreneurs and business leaders with the following legal advisory services:

  • Banking
  • Bankruptcy, insolvency and restructuring
  • Commercial Real Estate
  • Corporate Finance, Capital Markets and Securities
  • Corporate Governance, compliance and due diligence
  • Corporate and commercial litigation
  • Development Law
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Employment
  • Energy
  • Franchising
  • Government Procurement
  • Intellectual Property
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Securities Litigation and Securities Fraud
  • Tax Law

Our Commitment: In all subject matter areas, we pledge to provide our clients with innovative and strategic counsel to eliminate constraints and barriers and which allow you a more comprehensive way of managing your risk and achieving your business goals.

Our Vision: Our team of award-winning lawyers excels at applying its collective legal and business acumen to identify innovative and forward thinking approaches for business leaders.

Our Mission: We implement our vision by listening to our clients and offering strategic counsel that helps them manage risk, reach their business goals and accomplish their ambitions.

Our Values: We define our firm by our integrity and trust that allows us to relinquish personal constraints and focus our skills on delivering services and products that far surpass client expectations.

Areas of Practice

Our Services


We have substantial experience acting for chartered banks and financial institutions, as well as corporate and institutional borrowers…

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Dispute Resolution

We advise and represent clients involved in the litigation, mediation, conciliation and commercial arbitration of disputes arising…

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Intellectual Property

We advise and represent clients involved in the development and commercialization of intellectual property, the procurement…

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Business & Corporate Commercial

Our corporate and commercial lawyers are experienced with all types of business organizations, documentation reflecting…

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We understand that employment disputes, from the perspective of both the employer and the employee, can have a dramatic…

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Mergers & Acquisitions

We have experience and expertise in a broad variety of negotiated and contested mergers, acquisitions, divestitures…

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Corporate Finance, Capital Markets & Securities Regulation

Burstall LLP has extensive experience in all aspects of equity and debt financing…

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Burstall LLP has expertise in all facets of energy law enabling us to respond effectively to the varied and changing…

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Our experienced tax counsel will help ensure that you have the information you need to make informed and intelligent tax…

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Contact DS Burstall LLP for Focused, Personalized Legal Guidance for Your Business Needs

The Calgary lawyers at DS Burstall LLP share an uncompromising dedication to professional excellence based on providing strategic, innovative, and practical legal solutions and commitment to exceptional client service. Contact us at online or at (403) 234-3339.

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