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Tuesday, 04 September 2007 09:15

Managing partner: Keeping that one-office feel

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_Sept2007_chuck-russell2.jpgMcLennan Ross’ Chuck Russell says having three offices, in Edmonton, Calgary, and Yellowknife, can be expensive, but client bases are expanding and making it worthwhile.


b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_Aug_2007_backpagea.jpgDanone isn’t used to getting roughed up. The French company is the world’s largest yogurt maker and owns Evian, the world’s best-selling mineral water, too. Then it got the bright idea to invest in China.

Tuesday, 07 August 2007 07:50

Regional Wrap-Up

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The Supreme Court of Canada’s recent 5-4 decision reducing the financial remedy against former Davis & Company partner Robert Strother, but still finding him in a conflict of interest position, was “one judge short of perfect,” says the man at the controversy’s hub.
Tuesday, 07 August 2007 07:36

Ethics

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_Aug_2007_legal-ethics.jpgIt won’t be long before Canadians have shares of publicly traded law firms as part of their RRSPs.

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.
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