Knowledge & Innovation

Leveraging knowledge for innovation

Stikeman Elliott innovates through bespoke legal solutions, turning legal expertise and knowledge into business advantages for clients. This proactive, creative and solution-driven way of approaching our clients’ challenges is supported by evolving processes and technology.

Legal, process & technology innovation

The goal of our innovation initiative is to seek out fresh ideas and productive tools and methods to serve clients better.

In developing custom, practical solutions for clients, we:

  • Use the full extent of our legal expertise to discover solutions that may not be apparent to others.
  • Proactively identify opportunities for clients arising from changes in the law.
  • Approach old issues in new ways that reflect changes in business practices.
  • Help clients explore new opportunities and untapped potential.

In seeking to serve clients better, Stikeman Elliott makes use of process improvements, new technologies and original approaches. We monitor new technologies and methodologies to spot those that would support our practices. Before implementing any new technology or process, we conduct a pilot to ensure it will make a meaningful difference to our clients through improved efficiency or client experience.

Knowledge Management (KM)

Stikeman Elliott has made significant strategic investments in a dedicated Knowledge Management team as well as KM systems. This group consolidates and disseminates the insights of individual lawyers and deal teams. The team then captures and develops leading-edge intellectual capital, making it accessible firm-wide.


STELLA KM is our leading enterprise search platform. Stikeman Elliott lawyers and students use it to gain powerful access to our rich KM collection, closing books, internal experts and body of expertise by context as well as organized by practice group, legal topic and industry. This bilingual tool is so evolutionary, it was shortlisted for the 2016 Innovative Project of the Year by ILTA. These state of the art systems support efficient research, collaboration and information delivery while KM lawyers and our professional library team help lawyers and students make the most of the firm’s resources.

Knowledge Hub

Our Knowledge Hub – a key component of the Stikeman Elliott website – focuses on significant developments in Canadian business law. Featuring expert analysis across more than 20 curated topic areas, the Knowledge Hub is user-friendly, timely and fully searchable. It includes our current and historical blog posts, client updates and legal guides and is a valuable resource for our lawyers, students and clients.