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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_July07_backpage.gifCanadians have been paying too much for gas," the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives declared this May. The hard-left think-tank released a report with the scholarly title "Gas Price Gouge." You know it's a scientific study because it's jammed with technical jargon like "outrageous," "ridiculous," and "exploiting fear."

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_July07_tech-support.gifA change is coming. If your firm works for large or medium-sized corporate clients, chances are some will soon be demanding that you submit bills electronically - if they haven't started already. It's called e-billing, and it's the way of the future.

 

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_July07_real-estate.gifReal estate lawyers may feel that they have enough to worry about already, but here's one more thing — green buildings. If there were a concept that seems totally benign and positive, you'd say this is it. 

 

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_July07_managing-partner.gifMcInnes Cooper managing partner Bernie Miller is running the Atlantic regional firm at an interesting time. The firm is revamping its offices and riding the benefits of its August 2005 coup, when it landed the Halifax office of its rival, Patterson Palmer. That move led to further consolidation in the Atlantic Canada market, with Cox Hanson and the majority of the remaining Patterson Palmer offices joining forces. Miller talks about how his firm is building a regional powerhouse and its recent move to a new office space in Halifax.

 

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_June07CL_back-page.jpgIt was no surprise that Stephen Harper and the rest of his cabinet didn’t attend the big Charter of Rights celebrations held at the University of Ottawa in April. More surprising, at least to conference organizers, was the antipathy expressed by the public at large. According to an 860-person poll commissioned for that conference, 68 per cent of Canadians support the use of the notwithstanding clause to limit the Charter’s application — and thus to limit the power of the people at the conference.

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_June07CL_teskey_bob_fieldlaw.jpgField Law traces its roots back to 1915, making it one of the oldest law firms in Alberta. With 85 lawyers and offices in Calgary, Edmonton, and Yellowknife, it has emerged as one of the province’s top regional law firms, with a heavy emphasis on servicing the insurance and health-care industry. Long-time managing partner Bob Teskey talks about the challenges of building a regional law firm in one of Canada’s hottest economies.
When the largest law department in the country — with some 2,500 lawyers in a dozen offices — decides to implement litigation support software across the organization, it is decidedly a non-trivial undertaking. Largest in the country? Justice Canada, a.k.a. the federal Department of Justice (DOJ).
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_May2007_back-page.jpgWhat do you think of the trial of Conrad Black? Hold your answer for a moment while you do a small thought experiment. Imagine if the Canadian on trial in Chicago wasn’t a conservative media baron, but a liberal one. Those exist, too. Someone like the publisher of the Toronto Star.
Pierre Bienvenu, managing partner, Ogilvy Renault LLP
Pierre Bienvenu, managing partner, Ogilvy Renault LLP
For more than 128 years, lawyers at Ogilvy Renault LLP have provided legal services to the Montreal market. The firm has a presence in Ottawa; Quebec City; London, England; and Toronto, where it now has more than 140 lawyers. Managing partner Pierre Bienvenu talks about what makes his firm tick and where he sees the market heading.

Wednesday, 04 April 2007 12:09

Back Page: ‘Jurocracy’ skews Charter’s intent

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_April2007_back_page_final.jpgForgive the interruption to the non-stop celebrations of the 25th anniversary of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. There’s nothing interesting there — of course lawyers love it. The Charter made lawyers, law professors, and judges the new political class in Canada, but without the accountability hassles of a legislature. Who needs question period or elections to pass controversial legislation? Just become a judge.
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