Commentary

A bit of a pickle

  • Editor's Desk
Written by Posted Date: November 18th, 2013
As this issue was about to go to press, the Supreme Court of Canada announced it would hear on Jan. 15 the reference filed by the federal government regarding the Supreme Court Act and the appointment of a Federal Court judge as one of the mandatory three members from Quebec. Just days after Justice Marc Nadon’s appointment was announced and he was sworn in as the newest member of the Supreme Court, Toronto lawyer Rocco Galati, later joined by the Quebec government, filed a challenge to this appointment.

Points to ponder

  • Editor's Desk
Written by Posted Date: October 7th, 2013
It wasn’t planned this way, but it turns out this issue of Canadian Lawyer touches on a variety of complex issues lawyers of all kinds can face in their practices.

Should public opinion count?

  • Top Court Tales
Written by Posted Date: September 2nd, 2013
Illustration: Marco Cibola
Illustration: Marco Cibola
We all know judges, particularly those on a country’s highest court, make law and decide social policy. Should they take public opinion into account when they do it? And should they take into consideration how their decisions might affect the way people subsequently think and behave?

Always be prepared

  • Editor's Desk
Written by Posted Date: September 2nd, 2013
According to Vincent Polley, there are two kinds of law firms: those that know they have been hacked and those that don’t know they’ve been hacked.

The unenforceability of ‘agreements to agree’

  • Banking on Corporate
Written by Posted Date: August 5th, 2013
There is so much that is annoying, and simply not enough time to complain about it all. That does not mean I don’t make a good faith effort to complain about as many of those annoyances as time, and the patience of others, permit. I think of it as a service, where the complaints become “insights.” E-mail etiquette is a metaphorical gold mine for annoyances. For example, it is difficult to understand why a group of 40-odd recipients on an e-mail trail needs to know one individual “will respond soon.” Context also affects annoyances. For example, words mispronounced once are bothersome, but repetition of the mispronunciation ranges from annoying to hilarious.

Well worth the read

  • Editor's Desk
Written by Posted Date: August 5th, 2013
I’m not one to publicly toot my own horn but I think in the case of this Canadian Lawyer issue, I’m going to do just that because I think it may be one of our best ever.

The unsung heroes of access to justice

  • Back Page
Written by Posted Date: July 2nd, 2013
Illustration:Scot Page
Illustration:Scot Page
I have seen the future for sole and small firm practitioners and it looks bright.

Don't be left behind

  • Editor's Desk
Written by Posted Date: July 2nd, 2013
These are not the best of times. These are not the worst of times. But the times, they are a changing. Not to mix poets, or metaphors, or anything but the truth’s the truth. It’s a time of upheaval — disruption as some call it — in the legal profession. What has gone before and worked before can no longer be relied on to work in the future. That’s a tough pill to swallow for a profession built on tradition and precedent.

Do you like say on pay?

  • Banking on Corporate
Written by Posted Date: June 3rd, 2013
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Standard_photos_neillmay.jpgI am May. May I am. Do you like say on pay? Do you like greenbacks and spam? There has been much discussion of say on pay recently, most of it focused on elements other than how much the catchy phrase sounds like something invented by Dr. Seuss.

It is a revolution

  • Editor's Desk
Written by Posted Date: June 3rd, 2013
This month’s Money Issue features Canadian Lawyer’s annual Legal Fees Survey, in which the majority of respondents said they weren’t going to raise the fees charged to clients this year. While the survey focuses on the most common consumer-focused legal services, generally provided by smaller firms and sole practitioners, their response to clients mirrors what’s happening across the board.
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