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Monday, 17 November 2014 00:08

Going small

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_2014_November_retirement-final.jpgWhen Harry Byers began considering his retirement options, he reached out to the profession in search of a successor. His goal was to attract a young lawyer to the small community of Fairview, Alta., 550 kilometres northwest of Edmonton to eventually replace him. Initial attempts to attract an associate didn’t work out and retirement drew closer so he searched for someone to purchase his practice.
Monday, 17 November 2014 00:08

The most interesting man at Queen’s Park

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_2014_November_Jagmeet.jpgJagmeet Singh stands out. In the bespoke suits and custom-fitted shirts he favours, Singh looks like he should be on the cover of a glossy magazine — which he was when Toronto Life named him to their best-dressed list last year.
Monday, 29 September 2014 10:23

An abiding belief in the system

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_2014_October_D.Bayne.jpgThere are many words to describe Donald Bayne, a member of the defence bar for some 43 years, but one of his associates has a choice few. “You would expect him to be incredibly intimidating but he’s not so at all,” says Meaghan Thomas, one of Bayne’s colleagues at Bayne Sellar Boxall LLP in Ottawa. “He’s a wonderful guy, incredibly approachable, and probably one of the happiest lawyers around. He’s got so much energy.”
Monday, 01 September 2014 08:00

Is document review legal work?

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_Dera-J-Nevin-2013.jpgToronto-based law firm specializing in document review was acquired by an accounting firm; the acquiring company disclaims that document review is legal work. Similarly, many companies that are not law firms now offer “legal” document review as a service.
Monday, 01 September 2014 08:00

Worlds apart

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_2014_September_Issue_Cross_Examined.jpgSitting in a courtyard next to Yuk Yuk’s comedy club in Ottawa, Jessica Salomon was reflecting on the differences between her old career and her new one — how helping prosecute war criminals in The Hague is easier than stand-up comedy. “I wish I could say that facing war criminals head on has made me immune to hecklers but it really hasn’t,” Salomon laughs, her blue eyes twinkling.
“Even war criminals aren’t going to yell ‘Show us your tits,’ in court.”
Monday, 04 August 2014 08:00

Practise avoidance

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Illustration: Pete Ryan
Illustration: Pete Ryan
Like many relationships, the one between a commercial landlord and tenant could come to a much happier, simpler conclusion if precautions are taken beforehand.
Monday, 07 July 2014 08:00

Moving to the other side

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_2014_July_J.Lowry.jpgFor 33 years Jim Lowry put accused criminals in jail. Now he’s defending them.
Monday, 02 June 2014 08:00

Not his time

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_2014_June_Clive-Ramage.jpgClive Ramage was ready to die.
Monday, 05 May 2014 08:00

Keep your eye on the prize

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Illustration: Jeremy Bruneel
Illustration: Jeremy Bruneel
A shifting legal landscape is testing the resilience of large and small firms alike as they face the challenges of a post-recession world. The dissolution of Canadian legal giant Heenan Blaikie is a dramatic example of how things can quickly go wrong when partners losing confidence pull out in droves, taking their capital investment with them. Across North America and into the United Kingdom, there is increasing concern over the flow of money as large and mid-sized law firms report sharp revenue decreases as a result of increased competition for a shrinking pool of high-end work.
Monday, 07 April 2014 08:00

In athletes’ defence

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Photo: Sandra Strangemore
Photo: Sandra Strangemore
The recent Sochi Olympics might have put on display the fierce competition, personalities, and glamour of the Winter Games, but what the television–viewing public didn’t see was the behind-the-scenes struggles of athletes to make it to the top ranks.
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