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Monday, 01 February 2016 09:00

Even the family needs protection

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Illustration: Kyle Reed
Illustration: Kyle Reed
As housing prices reach even greater heights, particularly in Toronto and Vancouver, many just starting out have found it difficult to access the home market on their own, frequently turning to family members to contribute to either the down payment or the financing of the home or both. A parent may even be on title to ensure the financial viability of the deal.
Monday, 04 January 2016 09:00

Law, politics, and life at the crossroads

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Photo: Chris Wattie/Reuters
Photo: Chris Wattie/Reuters
Taking a break from runs to daycare and swimming lessons for his young son, former Conservative justice minister Peter MacKay was reflecting on law, politics, and life at the crossroads. “I want to be able to have more flexibility in my career and my private life, to be able to spend time with them — especially at this young age,” confided MacKay. “These are very formative years, as everyone knows. And so my preference is not to delve immediately back into the practice of law where I would be working commensurate hours as I was as minister of justice and not see them.”
Monday, 16 November 2015 09:00

Bad to the bone

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Illustration: Dushan Milic
Illustration: Dushan Milic
Looking for an unscrupulous lawyer to help you bypass some bureaucratic red tape? Gambled away the firm’s money on a dodgy tip? Accidentally sexually harassed an underling? Maybe deliberately? You need Bad Legal LLP, the straight-talking law firm taking the Canadian legal world by storm on Twitter.
Monday, 05 October 2015 09:00

One hardball lawyer’s passion

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Jack Fireman with Gators team members Bob Green and Lorne Swartz.
Jack Fireman with Gators team members Bob Green and Lorne Swartz.
Whether it’s in the courtroom or on the ball diamond, Jack Fireman brings the same approach to winning — preparation and solid team building net you the best result.
Monday, 06 July 2015 08:00

Making lemon aid

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Photo: Bronwen Sharp
Photo: Bronwen Sharp
When Vassilios Apostolopoulos had fallen to the lowest depth of his life, he didn’t have to go back to law, after all he had made mistakes, given up practising, and been disbarred. He could have chosen to take other routes on the road to rebuilding his life. He had other interests, other degrees — he had been working on his doctorate in political science when he switched to law. But to not go back wasn’t an option for him.
Monday, 01 June 2015 08:00

A new portfolio

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Photo: Sandra Strangemore
Photo: Sandra Strangemore
Kimberly Murray’s new job is, as she wryly points out, the fifth of 17 recommendations in the 2013 Iacobucci report on First Nations legal issues, and she actually asked the interview panel for assurances that she wasn’t being set up to fail.
Monday, 04 May 2015 08:00

Carol Baird Ellan’s next chapter

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Photo: Kim Stallknecht
Photo: Kim Stallknecht
In her years on the bench, Carol Baird Ellan had a front row seat to the challenges facing the underprivileged in society. Now she wants to try and effect change from a different perch — elected politician. “I have a passion for the justice system. There are things I’d like to see changed there and just looking around me right now things need to change. We’re not doing our bit for the environment and things are becoming unaffordable for youth here — someone needs to do something and I thought I could be that person,” she says.
Monday, 06 April 2015 08:00

When the lustre fades

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Photo: Faye Rogers
Photo: Faye Rogers
Nobody saw Target Canada’s abrupt departure from the marketplace coming, striking a terrible blow to dozens of landlords across the country who had counted on the allure the mega retailer would bring to their shopping centres. With that lustre suddenly sullied, many of those property managers have sought some relief from an extra level of protection against losses provided in their leases.
Monday, 06 April 2015 08:00

A sporting life

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Photo: Babak Khairi
Photo: Babak Khairi
Jim Rossiter isn’t afraid to get his elbows up with some of the most important figures in the NHL and if he doesn’t get his nose dirty, he knows he’s not doing his job.
Monday, 02 March 2015 08:00

Do some navel gazing

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Illustration: Jeremy Bruneel
Illustration: Jeremy Bruneel
When Craig Burley left Bay Street to open his own tax law practice in Hamilton, Ont., he reveled in his new-found freedom. But he soon discovered the down side of being on his own. Suddenly he was without the support network he once enjoyed at the large firm. Those administrative tasks he now found on his plate seemed something of a distraction and time spent doing them was time away from practising law.
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