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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.
Monday, 06 January 2014 08:00

Partnership unmasked

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Illustration: Jeremy Bruneel
Illustration: Jeremy Bruneel
Becoming an equity partner represents a commitment of the firm to the lawyer and the lawyer to the firm. It also represents an important stepping-stone for many. But what does the mythical process actually involve? How do you get there? And who has the greater advantage in a partnership arrangement?
Illustration: Mick Coulas
Illustration: Mick Coulas
As technology evolves to more fully service the needs of business, business has become increasingly reliant on technology and all it has to offer. But the relationships between technology, business, and the laws within which they operate have not yet fully evolved. Even though the technology to move further ahead may be in place, the bridge allowing society to transition from the paper world to the digital isn’t yet fully built.
Monday, 07 October 2013 09:00

Legal farm teams

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_2013_October_tech_support.jpgLast spring, the Royal Bank of Canada came under fire for outsourcing some of its technology services. The concerns mostly focused on the loss of Canadian jobs to another jurisdiction. They did not focus on whether technology was an appropriate service to outsource. Outsourcing technology is seemingly an accepted practice, but what about legal services? Despite warnings from numerous industry watchers that some legal services must and will be outsourced to jurisdictions with a cheaper labour pool, Canadian firms have been slower to take up this option than their counterparts in the United Kingdom or America.
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