Monday, 27 October 2008 07:15 Written by Mark Silverthorn
Today Canadian consumers are being buffeted by a perfect storm — a worldwide meltdown in the stock market, a looming recession, and skyrocketing consumer debt. Who are Canadians with debt problems going to call for help? It is probably not going to be a lawyer despite the fact that it is often in a consumer’s best interests to do so.
Macleod Dixon LLP hasn’t expanded in an ordinary way, choosing “challenging” areas of the world such as Russia, Kazakhstan, and Venezuela to open new offices. After 110 years, the firm’s Caracas, Venezuela office has become the second-largest law firm in that country. Managing partner Elisabeth Eljuri talks to Canadian Lawyer about running the largest South American outpost of a Canadian firm.
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.
Friday, 29 August 2008 08:35 Written by Kevin Marron
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.
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.
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.
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.