Kevin Cheung

Kevin Cheung

Kevin Cheung is an associate at Fleck Law.  He is the CLE Liaison for the Sole, Small Firm and General Practice Section of the Ontario Bar Association.  He will be tackling issues facing sole and small firms.   He can be reached at kcheung@flecklaw.ca. 

Column: Soul & Small Practice
Monday, 10 July 2017 09:00

Leveraging the small firm advantage

Leveraging the small firm advantageClient communication is more than just a client understanding your legal advice. It also entails the client understanding the value they are getting in hiring you. There are countless articles selling the benefits of working in small firms, but do your clients and the community around you know why they should be hiring a lawyer there?          
Monday, 12 June 2017 09:00

CASL: Small firms should care, too

CASL: Small firms should care, tooCanada’s Anti-Spam Legislation, which came into force in 2014, has been a significant topic of discussion over the past few years. The upcoming end of the three-year transition period and the recently delayed private right of action that was to commence on July 1 has renewed the conversation. For a variety of reasons, many small businesses, including sole and small law firms, have ignored CASL. Given the stiff penalties and the imminent end of the transition period, however, now is the time for you and your clients to review policy and procedures to ensure compliance.
CRA’s favourable approach to contingency fee arrangementsLast month, I wrote about the federal budget tabled on March 22 and the elimination of billed-basis accounting. This will force lawyers to recognize work in progress as income in the year it is done. The repercussions could be devastating for small law firms with a large number of contingency files and insufficient cash flow to pay the associated taxes.
Monday, 10 April 2017 09:00

Federal budget could cripple small firms

Federal budget could cripple small firmsLast year, the federal government’s budget took aim at small businesses by clamping down on ways to maximize the small business deduction. This affected incorporated lawyers operating in a partnership. This year, the budget, tabled on March 22, takes aim at long-standing tax deferral opportunities afforded to certain professionals, including lawyers, accountants, dentists, medical doctors, veterinarians and chiropractors.    
Monday, 13 March 2017 09:00

Make generating business a habit

Make generating business a habitWith legal resources and services now available to anybody with an Internet connection, people are no longer compelled to hire a lawyer for their legal problems. While the market is increasingly competitive, many lawyers have never actually been trained on how to effectively and efficiently generate business.
Monday, 13 February 2017 09:00

The case for limited-scope retainers

The case for limited-scope retainersWhether your practice is transactional or litigation-focused, one area of burgeoning opportunity is in providing limited-scope legal services.  
Monday, 09 January 2017 09:00

Three ways to improve your practice in 2017

Three ways to improve your practice in 2017Do you make New Year's resolutions for your practice? This exercise can be a valuable opportunity to make meaningful changes in your firm. The following are three resolutions to consider for 2017.

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