Monday, 06 October 2008 08:52

Law Office Management

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It’s in a firm’s best interest to begin early the process of transitioning clients of soon-to-be-retiring partners, but it has to be done without stepping on anyone’s toes.
Friday, 29 August 2008 08:46

Following passions at Ecojustice

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Devon Page formally took over the role of executive director of Ecojustice last April. He’s been with Canada's largest public-interest environmental law organization, previously known as Sierra Legal Defence Fund, since 2001. 
Commercial real estate lawyers may not always find themselves in the vanguard of societal change, but now they have an opportunity to help save the world. That’s one reason why there’s a buzz of excitement in the bar over green leases.
Friday, 29 August 2008 08:31

Watch out for ‘green washing’

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While Canadian companies are marketing green products and services to the point of ubiquity, Canada’s Competition Bureau, along with the Canadian Standards Association, is cracking down on so-called “green washing,” with a set guidelines that prohibit vague or misleading environmental claims on products and services.
Tuesday, 05 August 2008 05:49

Increasing membership at fore for Joubert

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Guy Joubert takes over as president of the Canadian Bar Association at its annual meeting in Quebec City this month. Joubert is the first francophone from outside Quebec to lead the CBA and takes over from Bernard Amyot of Montreal. 
Tuesday, 05 August 2008 05:43

Cheap real estate comes with strings

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With the dollar hovering around par for the last year or so, and the U.S. housing market offering good deals, Canadians are heading south to buy vacation homes in greater numbers than ever.

Friday, 04 July 2008 09:08

Core values part of the every day at BCF

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The managing partners of BCF LLP admit that Quebec’s legal market is jammed with law firms yet is also somewhat anemic, so competition is tough. 
Friday, 04 July 2008 08:58

A uniquely Canadian creative solution

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After many months of hard work, hearings, and recent setbacks, dozens of lawyers involved in the largest and most complex restructuring process in Canadian history are preparing for the conclusion of a nearly year-long saga, dealing with numerous issues and questions along the way that have tested the limits of the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act.
Dale Ponder is the managing partner of Osler Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, which has about 475 lawyers in five offices, including one in New York. She took on her management role just over three years ago, and while Ponder is one of the rare women in the top ranks of law firm management in Canada, she is not the first in her firm. She also continues her M&A practice while juggling management duties. Ponder talks to Canadian Lawyer about women in leadership and her role at Oslers.
Friday, 06 June 2008 07:39

The parental-leave pickle

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When Juliet Knapton conducted an informal survey recently on parental-leave policies in small to mid-sized Ottawa law firms, the young associate was amazed to discover not only that most firms didn’t have a policy but also that most female associates didn’t know and were afraid to ask.
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