Monday, 16 October 2006 10:04

Back Page: Scrap Get-Out-Of-Jail-Free Cards

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If there was a tipping point in the last federal election, it was probably the Boxing Day shootings in Toronto. Crossfire from a gangland gun battle killed 15-year-old Jane Creba while she was shopping and injured six others. Until then, gun crime was something the Canadian public generally associated with the United States, or at least not with “good” Canadian neighbourhoods.

Monday, 16 October 2006 09:01

Law & Money: Mob rule?

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Law & Money: Mob rule?New book implicates Canadian lawyers in money laundering in a tale worthy of a John Grisham novel.

Managing Partner: Gowlings grows from its Ottawa roots Unlike many national law firms, Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP’s roots weren’t Bay Street. Rather, the firm grew from its base in Ottawa and over the past decade has morphed itself into a legal heavyweight, building on its expertise in intellectual property and merging along the way with top regional firms from across Canada. Today, it encompasses eight offices, including one in Moscow, and about 700 lawyers, making it one of Canada’s biggest firms. Managing partner Scott Jolliffe talks about the challenges of growing a national law firm.

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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.


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