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Monday, 05 January 2015 08:00 Written by Marg. Bruineman
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When Harry Byers began considering his retirement options, he reached out to the profession in search of a successor. His goal was to attract a young lawyer to the small community of Fairview, Alta., 550 kilometres northwest of Edmonton to eventually replace him. Initial attempts to attract an associate didn’t work out and retirement drew closer so he searched for someone to purchase his practice.
There are many words to describe Donald Bayne, a member of the defence bar for some 43 years, but one of his associates has a choice few. “You would expect him to be incredibly intimidating but he’s not so at all,” says Meaghan Thomas, one of Bayne’s colleagues at Bayne Sellar Boxall LLP in Ottawa. “He’s a wonderful guy, incredibly approachable, and probably one of the happiest lawyers around. He’s got so much energy.”