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Monday, 07 October 2013 09:00

The ‘insidious fog’

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Illustration: Jeremy Bruneel
Illustration: Jeremy Bruneel
Dementia is beginning to creep into the legal profession in the same insidious manner it does in other aspects of people’s lives, sneaking in and leaving hints before constraining regulators and law firms alike to make heart-wrenching decisions. The Barreau du Québec’s disciplinary committee dealt with the issue in the spring when it had to decide the professional fate of a Montreal lawyer with more than 50 years of experience. The lawyer, diagnosed with Alzheimer’s three years ago, faced three counts of breaching the Code of Ethics of Advocates and the Professional Code. “Perhaps Alzheimer’s disease explains [his] conduct,” wrote the three-chair disciplinary panel. “It seems clear the Council must take that into account when sanctioning him.” Though found guilty, all charges were stayed. A Law Society of Upper Canada’s hearing panel was put in a similar bind early this year when it allowed a Toronto lawyer afflicted with the mind-robbing disease to surrender his licence to practise law.
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_2013_September_techsupport.jpgWe are living in an era of big data. What does this mean for litigation and for its requisite discovery effort? Lots — and the future is intriguing. The rise of big data forces a shift not only in thinking about the point of e-discovery, but also the approach taken to discovery and how it is managed. It may also bring about new skill sets in lawyers.
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_2013_August_techsupport-bubbles.jpg“Too many deans are wedded to running their schools as businesses for which U.S. News & World Report rankings supply the definitive means of evaluation. Too many special interests relating to the lending and debt collection industries make a lot of money off the growing lawyer bubble. Too many senior partners in big firms have become accustomed to extraordinary incomes and are unwilling to emphasize long-run values that don’t contribute to the current year’s bottom line.”
Steven J. Harper,
The Lawyer Bubble: A Profession in Crisis

Tuesday, 02 July 2013 09:00

A win-win career

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Manitoba skip Jennifer Jones during the gold medal game at this year’s Scotties Tournament of Hearts. Photo: Reuters/Mark Blinch
Manitoba skip Jennifer Jones during the gold medal game at this year’s Scotties Tournament of Hearts. Photo: Reuters/Mark Blinch
Jennifer Jones is a bit of a planner but, at the moment, she’s taking it one day at a time. First it was a career in law. Well, curling actually came first. Then the law degree. Then came more curling, a flexible job in corporate law, more curling, more law. And now a baby along with a life straddling two provinces.
Monday, 03 June 2013 08:00

The wind down

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Illustration: Sara Tyson
Illustration: Sara Tyson
What if you’ve decided it’s been a great career but the time has arrived to take your name off the shingle and move on? What will your retirement income be and what becomes of your firm and your clients in your absence?
Monday, 06 May 2013 08:00

E-discovery and the M&A deal

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_dera-nevin.jpgMost people assume e-discovery law and practice are relevant only to litigators and those involved in responding to regulatory requests and investigations. Not so. E-discovery law and operations are highly relevant to corporate lawyers involved in the acquisition and divestiture of businesses and corporate assets. Avoiding the e-discovery implications of corporate transactions, both in the due diligence and post-acquisition phases, can increase risk to corporate clients.
Illustration: Matthew Billington
Illustration: Matthew Billington
Lawyers on the go are increasingly exploring options for accessing information from offsite locations. This trend promises to continue as more and more portable digital platforms are developed and enter the market. Smartphones, an array of tablets, along with the old laptop computer, allow us to take a phenomenal amount of technology just about anywhere. Combined with emerging services like cloud computing we can also have access to the office, complete with software and reference material.
Monday, 01 April 2013 09:00

Quantifying value through time codes

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Last November, Matthew Whalley posted on the LinkedIn discussion group Knowledge Management for Legal Professionals a presentation he authored with Ian Rodwell entitled “Valuing Value-Add,” in which they compare the respective perceptions of clients and lawyers of the “value-added” services lawyers provide their clients. Among the observations Whalley and Rodwell draw are, first, the divergence between clients and their lawyers with respect to the efficiencies generated for clients by “value-added” services (lawyers believed the potential efficiencies to be much greater than the clients) and, second, the need for a better understanding by lawyers of the value of the services they deliver outside legal advice.
Monday, 04 March 2013 08:00

Separation of church and state

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Illustration: Jacqui Oakley
Illustration: Jacqui Oakley
When two Iranian medical doctors married in a civil ceremony in London, England in 1991 — and again in an Islamic marriage ceremony in Berlin two years later — the wife had no reason to think the terms of her marriage contract would be questioned in Canada, where the couple later settled and then separated after 13 years.
Monday, 04 March 2013 08:00

Why does e-discovery cost so much?

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_dera-nevin.jpgI often use this column to answer questions I am asked in my practice. So it’s time to tackle the most common question I hear: “Why does this e-discovery cost so much?” Many can’t stomach e-discovery because it’s inscrutable, leaves little measurable benefit, and simply costs a lot.
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