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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.
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_2014_March_techsupport.jpgI’ve been speaking a lot recently with in-house counsel and clients about some of their pain points relating to e-discovery. While the high cost of e-discovery (which I’ve written about in other columns) remains the primary issue for clients, I’ve developed a list of other concerns that are primarily process-related.
Attention to some or all of these can spare clients headaches, and may also assist in avoiding unnecessary costs.
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_2014_February_wagging.jpgOur clients, just like clients of any other good or service, are purchasing results not processes, and to this Toby Brown in his July 7, 2013, posting to the 3 Geeks and a Law Blog, attributes some of the difficulty with pricing legal services. They want a dispute resolved or a sale of shares completed. They are not interested in paying for X number of depositions or X number of correspondences to opposing counsel.
Monday, 03 February 2014 08:00

Running just as fast as she can . . .

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Photo: Canada Running Series
Photo: Canada Running Series
For most practitioners, a law career is a proud professional end in itself. For Lanni Marchant, it’s merely a back-up plan for when her legs give out.
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