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From Canada to Chile… to the rest of the World.

Coulson Aviation is one of those surprising and extraordinary companies you learn about every now and then. They are based in a small town in British Columbia - but have become an international powerhouse in the aerial firefighting industry, protecting the world from forest fires.

They are also a long-time client of our Vancouver firm, Lindsay Kenney LLP (LK) and will seek their recommendation for lawyers in other jurisdictions.

When Coulson was offered an opportunity to work in Chile, Angela Thiele, Partner at Lindsay Kenney had no hesitation in recommending Juan Tagle, Partner at MI’s Chilean law firm, Prieto Abogados.

Angela had initially met Juan at the Mackrell International conference in Chile – and it gave Coulson extra confidence that Angela shared that she had not only met Juan, but also his family, toured his firm and met many of his fellow lawyers; she had full confidence in making the referral.

Chile was going through some difficult times when Angela got in touch and it was great not just to reconnect but to know he and his firm would benefit from a new referral at that time.

Prieto initially helped Coulson Aviation negotiate a joint venture agreement and now they have plans to consolidate this business on a permanent basis, as there are lot of opportunities to grow and even to take it to other countries in the Latin America region.

Just another example of Mackrell International lawyers making connections that go beyond the legal and ultimately, smoothing international business.

Angela Thiele

Lindsay Kenney LLP

Juan Tagle

Prieto Abogados

You can’t stop sport – you can’t stop us - Mackrell International Sports Law Specialists in action

As the recent Nike ad aptly put it, “You can’t stop sport – you can’t stop us.”

So even with all the sporting restrictions caused by the pandemic, sport rolls on, deals are still being done and lawyers are there to smooth things between players, agents, clubs and countries.

Just recently, the Sports Lawyers at Mackrell.Solicitors in London and van Cutsem-Wittamer-Marnef & Partners in Brussels made just such a deal possible, working fast and effectively at short notice and exceeding expectations.

As Mohit Pasricha (who jointly heads up the Sports Law Practice Group from Mackrell.Solicitors reported:

“We were contacted by an English footballer who was seeking help transferring to a Belgian football club. We were formally instructed at 11pm and MI Brussels firm, van Cutsem-Wittamer-Marnef & Partners carried out a high-level review of the client’s Belgian playing contract by 11am the following morning. Hans Van Der Mullen provided ongoing assistance throughout the day (mostly at short notice) and ultimately we helped the client meet his deadline and obligations and sign his playing contract with the Belgian club. This level and speed of service exceeded the client’s expectations and we received very positive feedback from our client on his transfer.”

Another great example of smooth, international collaboration between Mackrell International law firms and within the Practice Group.

Mohit Pasricha


This Mackrell Network is exceptional in so many ways – you have to read this story!

Scott Tarter, partner in the Business Services Group and Sports, Entertainment and Media Group and chair of the International Group with Bose McKinney & Evans in Indiana recently shared an outstanding story of legal collaboration.

Scott reached out recently to Mackrell International member Kaempfer Crowell of Nevada with an urgent request by a charitable organization for assistance on behalf of an elderly gentleman (battling brain cancer and living on his own), who had been given an (improper) eviction notice and was being forced from his home.

This gentleman had been living in a rented home for the past 15 years and, despite his dire medical condition, his willingness to pay increased rent if necessary, and his not being in default in any way, was the victim of a landlord and property manager wanting to remove him quickly for convenience in order to sell the house. A charity Scott co-founded several years ago ( had received an urgent request for help from this gentleman.

As a fellow Mackrell International member, Scott reached out to Kaempfer Crowell attorneys Sev Carlson, with a practice in administrative law, regulatory matters, government affairs and related litigation and Josh Corelli, who focuses on business, corporate, real estate, and finance transactions, and asked if they could assist. Scott assured them the charity would foot the bill. When KC found out BME was doing work for the charity on a pro bono basis, and when they listened to the circumstances of this unfortunate man, they immediately offered to take on the representation on a pro bono basis.

Sev and Josh quickly and successfully dealt with the landlord and property manager and obtained much needed relief for the elderly gentleman. Kaempfer Crowell was incredibly helpful and kind in dealing with the gentleman, who was nearly in tears as Scott explained to him that he did not now need to find a way to immediately pack up, move out of his house and find a new place to live. According to Scott, Sev and Josh did some incredible lawyering on a fast-track and pro bono basis - and they made a huge impact on the life of a stranger without any thought about being recognized or compensated.

Scott summarized this exceptional story regarding the quality of Mackrell International Member Firms:

“The above is another reason why Bose McKinney chose Mackrell International and another reason why we value being on the Mackrell International team. It’s great when we get the opportunities to serve our clients on commercial matters, and we’re certainly looking forward to working on the next interesting commercial/legal collaboration with a Mackrell International member firm, but this was an example of how willing members are to also jump in and help do the right charitable thing when needed. I can’t thank Kaempfer Crowell enough and I hope we can return the favor for them or another member someday soon.”

Scott Tarter

Bose McKinney & Evans LLP

Sev Carlson

Kaempfer Crowell

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