Michael McKiernan

Michael McKiernan

July 2014 - Compensation Survey: On the upswingCanadian Lawyer’s  annual compensation survey shows all earnings on the rise but associates likely having to do more for their money.
Monday, 07 July 2014 08:00

On the upswing

On the upswingAssociate salaries are back on the upswing, but new lawyers may have to do more for their money in the future, judging by the results of Canadian Lawyer’s 2014 Compensation Survey. After two straight years of decline, first-year associates saw a significant 21-per-cent bump in salary, with the median hitting $80,000 in this year’s survey, up from $66,000 in 2013. That’s the highest level since we started compiling the survey in this format in 2010.
Monday, 02 June 2014 08:00

June 2014 - The going rate

Hourlyrateschart1The 2014 Canadian Lawyer Legal Fees Survey shows lawyers split on whether to hike fees.

Click here for a full pdf of the survey.
Monday, 02 June 2014 08:00

The going rate

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Canada’s slow and steady economic recovery seems to be reflected in the country’s legal market, with lawyers split down the middle on the merits of a price hike.
Monday, 08 April 2013 08:00

Hot competition - Part 2

Hot competition - Part 2This article is a continuation of 'Hot competition' from the April 2013 issue of Canadian Lawyer magazine.
Click here to read part 1.
Monday, 01 April 2013 11:15

Hot competition - Part 1

Hot competition - Part 1Long before they get to court, personal injury boutiques face a foe every bit as tough as the stingiest of insurers: each other. “It’s very competitive, and it’s going to become even more so,” says Alan Farrer, managing partner of Thomson Rogers in Toronto. His firm recently teamed up with fellow boutiques Oatley Vigmond Personal Injury Lawyers LLP and McLeish Orlando LLP to form the Personal Injury Alliance.
Monday, 04 March 2013 08:00

Making waves

Photo: Liam Sharp
Photo: Liam Sharp
When she’s not in one of her Toronto offices or at home with her family, chances are good Janet Leiper is in an ocean somewhere in the world, trying to catch a wave. “I love surfing, and I spend as much time as I possibly can doing it,” says Leiper. “There are so many great metaphors there for court and advocacy. The conditions are always changing, so you can’t count on things always being the same. You have to adjust yourself, and you have to show respect for the environment that you’re in . . . I’m always trying to encourage people to take it up, because it is such a great antidote to our lives here. When you go out into the ocean, any problem you have is gone by the time you come out.”
Monday, 04 February 2013 08:00

Prairie heat

Prairie heatCanadian Lawyer returns to the Prairies for our latest regional firm ranking, and it seems we aren’t the only ones eyeing the area. “We’re continuing to see a flood of resumes from younger lawyers who either trained here, or have past history in the province,” says Glen Peters, managing partner of Winnipeg-based Fillmore Riley LLP. “They’re people who are well trained, and have worked in big shops in the east or west, but who have made a decision that they want to return. It’s a unique opportunity for firms here, and we’ve certainly taken advantage of it in the last few years.”
Friday, 01 February 2013 12:00

High stakes

Illustration: Joel Kimmell
Illustration: Joel Kimmell
David Hill may not have known it at the time, but he was playing a high-stakes game of poker when he sued the Toronto Catholic District School Board over a real estate deal gone bad.
Monday, 14 January 2013 08:00

Drilling down - Part 2

Drilling down - Part 2This article is a continuation of "Drilling down" from the January 2013 issue of Canadian Lawyer magazine. Click here to read part 1.
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