Commentary

Monday, 06 January 2014 08:00

The next big flameout?

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Illustration: Sara Tyson
Illustration: Sara Tyson
What’s up at 40-year-old Heenan Blaikie, the law firm known for hiring former Liberal prime ministers Jean Chrétien and Pierre Trudeau? It has been shedding lawyers at an alarming rate.
Monday, 18 November 2013 08:00

McCormick worrisome for partnerships

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Illustration: Sara Tyson
Illustration: Sara Tyson
The legal industry faces one of its biggest challenges in decades. It’s not external competition or even competition among firms. Rather, the Supreme Court of Canada is the culprit and depending on how it rules in McCormick v. Fasken Martineau Dumoulin LLP, it could lead to major upheaval in the way law firms manage their succession plans.
Monday, 18 November 2013 08:00

A bit of a pickle

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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.
Monday, 07 October 2013 09:00

Points to ponder

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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.
Monday, 02 September 2013 09:00

Should public opinion count?

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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?
Monday, 02 September 2013 09:00

Always be prepared

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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.
Monday, 05 August 2013 09:00

The unenforceability of ‘agreements to agree’

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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.
Monday, 05 August 2013 09:00

Well worth the read

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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.
Tuesday, 02 July 2013 09:00

The unsung heroes of access to justice

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Illustration:Scot Page
Illustration:Scot Page
I have seen the future for sole and small firm practitioners and it looks bright.
Tuesday, 02 July 2013 09:00

Don't be left behind

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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.
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