Charlotte Santry

Charlotte Santry

Charlotte Santry is staff writer for Canadian Lawyer and Law Times. She has been a business magazine journalist for the past seven years, covering healthcare, construction and now law, after starting her career as a newspaper reporter in London, U.K. She is currently on maternity leave.

Monday, 02 June 2014 08:00

New money

Illustration: Pierre-Paul Pariseau
Illustration: Pierre-Paul Pariseau
Small businesses and startups across Canada look set to gain much wider access to capital under proposals to permit equity crowdfunding. In recent months, securities regulators in Ontario, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Quebec, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia have all released plans that would allow businesses to raise cash in this way.
Pharma is on the Competition Bureau’s radarThe Competition Bureau is honing in on the pharmaceutical sector, amid concern about alleged market distortions caused by legal settlements and industry practices.
Monday, 05 May 2014 08:00

Facing challenges head on - Part 2

Facing challenges head on - Part 2This article is a continuation of 'Facing Challenges head on' from the May 2014 issue of Canadian Lawyer magazine.

Click here to read part 1.
Monday, 05 May 2014 08:00

Facing challenges head on - Part 1

Facing challenges head on - Part 1Litigation boutiques face increasingly stiff competition from each other as well as from larger firms; those named in Canadian Lawyer’s Top 10 have proven themselves in a field with many high performing players. In a crowded market, top litigation boutiques cannot afford to offer services falling anything short of excellent says Matthew Gottlieb, managing partner at one of this year’s winners, Lax O’Sullivan Scott Lisus LLP. “There’s no doubt litigation is becoming more competitive,” he says. But “large businesses are bringing very significant mandates to the boutiques,” he adds.
Monday, 07 April 2014 08:00

Pro Bono Case Studies

Lawyers across Canada are involved in many types of pro bono work. Here are just a few examples of what they're doing.
Monday, 07 April 2014 08:00

Giving back

Giving backMore than half of lawyers believe the profession has a duty to provide pro bono services, according to a survey of readers across the country conducted by Canadian Lawyer. But a strong majority of respondents oppose making pro bono work mandatory, and 60 per cent feel lawyers offering free legal services could discourage governments from providing sufficient legal aid funding.
Monday, 31 March 2014 08:00

People and politics

People and politicsMary Ellen Bench says she can count on one hand the number of days she hasn’t wanted to come into work over the course of her 30-year career. It’s not a sentiment one regularly hears, but five minutes of speaking with the City of Mississauga’s solicitor is enough to know her enthusiasm is genuine.
Monday, 03 March 2014 08:01

Distinct advantages

Distinct advantagesLast year’s ratification of a deal allowing lawyers to practise across common and civil law jurisdictions is seen as a boon for Quebec’s regional law firms. The national mobility agreement, expected to be fully implemented this year, will make it easier for the province’s lawyers to work wherever their clients need to be.
The law firms in Canadian Lawyer’s 2014 Top 10 Quebec regional firms say they already serve clients across the country, but the agreement will undoubtedly help to further smooth the path.
Monday, 03 February 2014 08:00

Droning on

Droning onA number of businesses have teased customers in the past year or so with the suggestion online orders could be delivered by unmanned drones. We’ve had the Burrito Bomber — self-dubbed as “the world’s first airborne Mexican food delivery system,” — and variants such as the LobsterCopter, TacoCopter, and, most recently, Amazon.com Inc.’s Octocopters.
Monday, 27 January 2014 08:00

Canada’s fractured view of fracking

Canada’s fractured view of frackingAs Canada’s largest natural gas producer defends itself in court against allegations linked to its fracking operations, several provinces are expressing increasing unease with the practice and, in some cases, banning it.
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