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Monday, 01 May 2017 09:00

Design thinking

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Design thinkingWe can wow our clients by shifting our mindset when we solve legal problems.
Monday, 01 May 2017 09:00

The solution to court delays

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Did the Supreme Court of Canada help anything when it released R. v. Jordan last July, giving courts a timeline before criminal charges are stayed due to delay? Regardless of how you answer that question, you can’t deny that the decision has had an effect. The SCC essentially launched a grenade into the debate about trial delays and how to fix them.
Monday, 24 April 2017 09:00

Implementing a technology plan

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Implementing  a technology planBuying technology without a plan is a recipe for failure.
Monday, 03 April 2017 09:00

Artificial intelligence is not robot lawyers

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When we look back at 2017, will we describe it as an age of anxiety? It certainly feels that way at the moment.
Monday, 03 April 2017 09:00

Learning from Heenan Blaikie’s miscues

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When national law firm Heenan Blaikie LLP blew up in early 2014, I covered the story for Canadian Lawyer, writing about a Frankenstorm of events that caused the firm’s demise.
Monday, 27 March 2017 09:00

Project management for M&A

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Project  management  for M&AThere is no simple solution, but imposing structure on deals can have a big payoff.
Monday, 06 March 2017 09:00

Bringing transparency to referral fees

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For better or worse, the personal injury firm Diamond & Diamond has become the poster child for referral fees.
Monday, 06 March 2017 09:00

The culture of entrepreneurs

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Every year, we at Canadian Lawyer aim to connect with law firms and lawyers across the country in person to find out what is happening in their world. Last fall, I travelled to Nova Scotia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. My colleagues went to Quebec and B.C. and we all meet with many lawyers at our home base in Ontario. In our daily reporting, we speak and correspond with lawyers in other regions on a regular basis as well.
Monday, 06 February 2017 09:00

Innovation needs diversity

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Innovation needs  diversityMost creative ideas do not come from ‘great thinkers’ toiling alone but from diverse teams
Monday, 06 February 2017 09:00

What’s fair? It depends

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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, and “it depends” is most often not the answer they want.
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