Wednesday, 10 November 2010 09:34

Talking digital

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Talking digitalFirms like Winnipeg’s Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP that have been using digital, networked dictation for a few years may wonder why any law firm would continue to do it the old way — or, indeed, how it survived before installing its Olympus DS-5000 transcription management system in 2006.


Sunday, 03 October 2010 20:00

The cloud ascendant

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The cloud ascendantCloud computing in the legal industry, almost from the get-go, came under, well, a cloud. Is the sketchy reputation deserved?


Monday, 13 September 2010 10:06

Unintended consequences

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Unintended consequencesLandlords may end up with unwanted tenants and unpaid rent as a result of recent changes to Canada’s bankruptcy and insolvency laws.


Tuesday, 07 September 2010 05:42

Making life count

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William Brock and his wife, lawyer Maryse Bertrand.
William Brock and his wife, lawyer Maryse Bertrand.
William Brock is not by nature a gambler, preferring calculation to chance. “I am organized, I am disciplined, and I like to win,” declares an unabashed Brock, a Montreal lawyer who works on some of Canada’s biggest litigation cases for Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP. Each litigation case is another chess game, as he puts it, full of careful deliberations and strategic preparation for an eventual successful assault on the opponent.


Tuesday, 03 August 2010 05:25

Don't be swindled

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Don't be swindledThe bank drafts looked good, but the grammar in the other lawyer’s e-mail was bad. That’s what made James Morgan suspect he was being targeted for a scam — an attempt to get money out of the small-town Ontario lawyer’s trust account on the strength of forged cheques and a phoney loan to one of his clients.


Sunday, 04 July 2010 20:00

It's not easy being green

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It's not easy being greenWhile B.C. condos go green, environmentally conscious developers and lawyers in Ontario are going green with envy, as consumer-protection provisions in the province’s condominium law deter large investments in energy-efficient projects. “It makes me sad to see that’s something we’re missing out on,” says Harry Herskowitz, senior real estate counsel at DelZotto Zorzi LLP in Toronto, whose clients include Tridel Corp., one of Canada’s leading condo developers. 


Monday, 07 June 2010 05:27

The HST is coming, the HST is coming

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The HST is coming, the HST is comingCollecting taxes from clients is certainly not part of a law firm’s core business. It’s a task lawyers are usually content to leave to support staff and accountants. That’s why many lawyers have paid little attention to any of the details involved in the move to harmonized sales tax (HST) in Ontario and British Columbia. And it’s the reason why some law firms and sole practitioners are in for a few nasty surprises, according to tax experts in both provinces.


Sunday, 02 May 2010 20:00

E-discovery — are you in or out?

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E-discovery — are you in or out?As electronic discovery in Canada evolves roughly in parallel with the U.S., if not at a slower pace, many law firms and corporate legal departments here are beginning to bump up against a decision point that more of their U.S. counterparts have already confronted: outsource or “insource.”


Monday, 05 April 2010 06:10

Everyone knows Janet!

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Janet Stewart
Janet Stewart
Everyone in London, Ont., knows Janet Stewart. It is here that she is the heart and soul of many community endeavours as well as being one of the most respected lawyers in her field. You can see from her curriculum vitae on the web site of Lerners LLP the extent of her interests and the many expressions of gratitude she has received, because she won’t tell you about them. You would need a degree in dentistry to extract any embellishment of her achievements from Stewart herself.
Monday, 05 April 2010 06:06

Buzzword 2010: project management

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Buzzword 2010: project managementBarbara Boake well understands how difficult it is to predict what will happen in the complex negotiations or adversarial processes in which lawyers are routinely engaged. But the Toronto-based partner at McCarthy Tétrault LLP also knows that more predictability — a better understanding of potential outcomes and fees — is exactly what clients are looking for, especially in an economy where budgets are constrained and all costs are scrutinized.

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