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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.

Managing Partner: ‘Meat in the sandwich’

Written by Posted Date: June 1st, 2007
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.

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.

Law Office Management

Written by Posted Date: April 4th, 2007
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_April2007_law-office-final.jpgBreaking up is never easy. Yet there comes a time when you have to let go of that old relationship. It may be tempting just to let things slide and keep seeing one another long after you both know it’s all over. But this could get you into big trouble once there is someone new in your life.
 

Managing Partner: Managing success

Written by Posted Date: April 4th, 2007
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_April2007_borsook_lisa.jpgLisa Borsook, who chairs the commercial leasing practice group at the 80-lawyer Toronto firm of WeirFoulds LLP, was recently picked to lead the firm, becoming what is believed to be one of the rare women to head up a bigger commercial law firm in Canada. The mother of two boys talks about how she got to where she is and what she sees as the challenges facing a mid-sized firm that focuses on four areas: litigation, property, corporate commercial, and government work.

Legal Report: Environment

Written by Posted Date: March 5th, 2007
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_March2007_lr_environment.jpgAs political parties jockey for position to be seen as the party most friendly to the environment, law firms should brace themselves and prepare to ramp up their environmental law bench strength. Canada appears to be entering a new era of environmental conservation. But is current federal environmental legislation enough and will good intentions survive an election or is it simply a lot of political hot air?
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