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General counsel are taking on a larger role in protecting corporate data. With class action lawsuits threatening valuations of entire industries, they have no choice.
February 27, 2017
The era of no excuses
Just two days after Christmas this past December, an American company called E-Sports Entertainment Association went through most of the stages that are now common episodes following a cybersecurity attack — with one notable exception.
February 27, 2017
‘Secret’ tools and traps to keep in mind in settlement negotiations
As a civil litigator now practising as a settlement counsel and mediator in Ontario, I discovered certain legal tools that are useful for promoting early dispute resolution. However, ignorance of these provisions may prove hazardous and turn the tools into traps. As these provisions are not well known, I think of them as “secret.” I am revealing just three to you, but there are many others.
February 27, 2017
Start now: Tips to have a great job interview
For many students, securing a job is a top priority. There are a number of factors, such as extracurricular activities and strong grades, that look great on a resumé and can help a student get the initial job interview. The rest is up to how much effort you put in to network, present your best self and research the firm. Ultimately, it comes down to how the student interviews and whether or not the student is a great “fit.” Every firm is different. Unfortunately, no one knows that sure-fire
Practice Made Perfect
February 27, 2017
Cross-selling: the Unicorn of the practice of law
Have you ever wondered why so many lawyers refer matters to lawyers outside of their firms when there are lawyers inside their firms who have the experience and expertise to handle them? Making it all the more puzzling is the fact that it would often be to that lawyer’s financial advantage to refer the matter internally instead of externally.
Meet the Competition
February 27, 2017
Fintech in Canada: Will the disruptors be disrupted?
Over the last few years, the media has been full of daily references to industries being disrupted. The poster child for disruption is Uber, which disrupted municipal taxi markets with an “enter first and ask for permission later” philosophy. Airbnb similarly disrupted hotel markets by upending local zoning bylaws and regulations. In both cases, regulators were caught looking like Wile E. Coyote chasing the Road Runner unsuccessfully in the old Looney Tunes cartoons.
February 27, 2017
The international child abduction case I worked on exhausted me, but it was worth it
She’d been taken away from her father and brother five years ago. Her mother had abducted her from Taiwan at the age of 3 in breach of multiple court orders. I was his last hope to get her back. I was his family lawyer.
February 27, 2017
More women on boards helps companies value and engage CSR
I recently wrote about how women on boards is better for financial returns, laying out a foundation for those who may be less familiar with the terminology around diversity and inclusion and providing a strong "business case" for gender equality among decision-makers based on the most recent research. Undoubtedly, gender equality is integral to both qualitative and quantitative organizational growth.

Current Issue

February 2017 • Volume 41, Issue 2
    • Subtitle Legal Report: Personal Injury
    Written by Mallory Hendry
    Issue Date: February 2017
    Should personal injury lawyers be preparing for driverless cars?
    • Subtitle As computer hacking becomes routine, lawyers are advising companies to plan ahead
    Written by Ian Harvey
    Issue Date: February 2017
    There are three types of entities in the world of cybersecurity: Those whose systems have been hacked, those who don’t…
    • Subtitle Trinity Western’s law school proposal has sparked a fundamental debate about religious freedom and discrimination
    Written by Shannon Kari
    Issue Date: February 2017
    It was nine days before Christmas in 2013 when the Federation of Law Societies announced that it had granted preliminary…
    • Subtitle Legal Report: Intellectual Property
    Written by Jennifer Brown
    Issue Date: February 2017
    IP practitioners are hoping the newly signed Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement will bring a net gain

Departments

    • Subtitle Real Estate
    Written by Marg. Bruineman
    Issue Date: February 2017
    Marijuana dispensaries are a legal landmine for landlords as pot laws are in a state of flux 
    • Subtitle Cross Examined
    Written by Elizabeth Raymer
    Issue Date: February 2017
    Michael Rubinoff went from a legal career to teaching theatre and producing the hit musical Come From Away.

Columns

  • Written by Naveen Mehta
    Issue Date: February 2017
    Most creative ideas do not come from ‘great thinkers’ toiling alone but from diverse teams
  • Written by Tim Wilbur
    Issue Date: February 2017
    Lawyers are often criticized for a lack of decisiveness. When clients come seeking legal advice, what they are often looking for is strategic advice, and a muddled answer can drive clients crazy. They may ask a lot of questions, but “what should I do?” is usually the most important one,…
 
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