Commentary

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.
Monday, 30 January 2017 09:00

Deep smarts: the next generation

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Deep smarts: the next generationAt a recent legal technology innovation event, one of the startups introduced its new technology as targeting the Final Frontier of Knowledge Management: turning the tacit into the explicit. The Star Trek reference had me imagining my team and I in shiny Federation uniforms stepping boldly into the new and as yet unexplored world of KM beyond our borders.

Tuesday, 03 January 2017 09:00

Launching an airport food fight

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Competition commissioner John Pecman
Competition commissioner John Pecman
Competition commissioner John Pecman has interesting regulatory culinary tastes. Since being appointed Canada’s top competition cop in September 2012, the Competition Bureau’s public merger reviews and investigations have looked into everything from hamburger and donuts to chicken, groceries, beer and chocolate.
Tuesday, 03 January 2017 09:00

Canada’s excellent justice system

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Canadian lawyers often complain about our justice system, as they should. There are countless problems that need fixing, both large and small. Our governments have severely underfunded legal aid, indigenous people are incarcerated at a disproportionate rate, the courts are run with antiquated paper-based technology and millions of Canadians can’t afford to pay for proper legal advice.
Monday, 19 December 2016 09:00

Value beyond novelty

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Value beyond noveltyWhile shiny new objects can be fun, the real value in innovation is in the output
Monday, 14 November 2016 09:00

Lightning strikes thrice?

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Dear Attorney General Yasir Naqvi,
Monday, 14 November 2016 09:00

Innovation is not progress

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The word innovation has become the biggest buzzword of our time, and nowhere is this more evident than in the area of technology.
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