Sunday, 10 September 2006 21:00

Managing Partner: Cockrall juggles booming markets

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Managing Partner: Cockrall juggles booming marketsWith about 100 lawyers working in offices in Calgary and Edmonton, the century-year-old law firm of Parlee McLaws LLP is one of the largest regional firms in Alberta. For managing partner Terrence Cockrall, who has been practising corporate/commercial law for more than 40 years, the challenge is to manage offices in two cities with different cost structures, both experiencing a boom, and finding the right lawyers and support staff that will help the business law firm continue its independence.

Sunday, 10 September 2006 21:00

Tech Support: Managing the knowledge flow

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Tech Support: Managing the knowledge flowDeploying a knowledge management system is essential for any law firm, but it requires buy-in from those who will use it, and those resistant to change.

Sunday, 10 September 2006 21:00

Law Office Management: Talent wars

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Not only are associates coveted here at home but also law firms operating in international waters are eying Canada's legal talent pool. To protect the future of your firm, you need a strategy that addresses the concerns of today's associates and makes them feel like part of your family.
Friday, 12 May 2006 08:54

Law and Money: My Truman Capote moment

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Almost 50 years ago, Truman Capote visited convicted murderer Perry Smith in the Kansas State Penitentiary. You can read all about it in Capote’s book In Cold Blood, which was recently made into a critically acclaimed film.

Health care legislation, tobacco litigation, securities commission and oil boom are topics of Western conversation.


Lawyer Roy Filion leads one of the country’s long-standing and leading labour boutiques, Filion Wakely Thorup Angeletti LLP, with offices in Toronto and London, Ont. He talks about the challenges and advantages to running a management-side labour firm in a growing world of national law firms and specialization within large legal practices.

Monday, 17 April 2006 11:24

Where have the Liberals gone?

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It is an honour to write for Canadian Lawyer, and follow someone as thoughtful and principled as Karen Selick.
Unlike Karen, however, I describe myself as a liberal feminist. This is a new development, and I did not disclose it until after I accepted the offer to write.
I have chosen this appellation because no one else seems to be a liberal feminist these days — or a secular humanist, or a gay rights advocate. At least not when it counts.


Thursday, 26 January 2006 09:12

Managing Partner: Masters of their own house

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Corporate commercial lawyer André Vautour, managing partner of Québec’s Desjardins Ducharme, LLP, talks about the challenges of running an independent regional law firm - with offices in Montréal and Québec City - at a time when the legal market is consolidating.

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