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It's not easy being green

  • Real Estate
Written by Posted Date: July 4th, 2010

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_2010_July_man-in-tree.jpgWhile B.C. condos go green, environmentally conscious developers and lawyers in Ontario are going green with envy, as consumer-protection provisions in the province’s condominium law deter large investments in energy-efficient projects. “It makes me sad to see that’s something we’re missing out on,” says Harry Herskowitz, senior real estate counsel at DelZotto Zorzi LLP in Toronto, whose clients include Tridel Corp., one of Canada’s leading condo developers. 

 

The HST is coming, the HST is coming

  • Law Office Management
Written by Posted Date: June 7th, 2010

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_2010_June_monkey.jpgCollecting taxes from clients is certainly not part of a law firm’s core business. It’s a task lawyers are usually content to leave to support staff and accountants. That’s why many lawyers have paid little attention to any of the details involved in the move to harmonized sales tax (HST) in Ontario and British Columbia. And it’s the reason why some law firms and sole practitioners are in for a few nasty surprises, according to tax experts in both provinces.

 

E-discovery — are you in or out?

  • Tech Support
Written by Posted Date: May 2nd, 2010

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_2010_May_e-discovery.jpgAs electronic discovery in Canada evolves roughly in parallel with the U.S., if not at a slower pace, many law firms and corporate legal departments here are beginning to bump up against a decision point that more of their U.S. counterparts have already confronted: outsource or “insource.”

 

Everyone knows Janet!

  • Cross Examined
Written by Posted Date: April 5th, 2010
Janet Stewart
Janet Stewart
Everyone in London, Ont., knows Janet Stewart. It is here that she is the heart and soul of many community endeavours as well as being one of the most respected lawyers in her field. You can see from her curriculum vitae on the web site of Lerners LLP the extent of her interests and the many expressions of gratitude she has received, because she won’t tell you about them. You would need a degree in dentistry to extract any embellishment of her achievements from Stewart herself.

Buzzword 2010: project management

  • Law Office Management
Written by Posted Date: April 5th, 2010
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_2010_April_projectmanagementfinal.jpgBarbara Boake well understands how difficult it is to predict what will happen in the complex negotiations or adversarial processes in which lawyers are routinely engaged. But the Toronto-based partner at McCarthy Tétrault LLP also knows that more predictability — a better understanding of potential outcomes and fees — is exactly what clients are looking for, especially in an economy where budgets are constrained and all costs are scrutinized.

A real all-star

  • Cross Examined
Written by Posted Date: March 1st, 2010

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_2010_March_b.pelosse.24387.jpgJunior lawyer Matthieu Proulx probably works out a little harder than most of his colleagues. After all, Proulx has to be in top shape if he’s going to play a sixth season with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League.

 

Condos are hot, hot, hot

  • Real Estate
Written by Posted Date: March 1st, 2010

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_2010_March_new_act2.jpgCondominiums are hot again and so are condo laws. In spite of a recession that took most of the air out of real estate bubbles, the frantic pace of condo development is picking up again in major Canadian cities.

 

Everyone's a critic

  • Cross Examined
Written by Posted Date: February 1st, 2010

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_2010_February_1becca_filtered.jpgRebecca Hiltz LeBlanc has performed for up to 10,000 people at a time, but these days she faces intimidating, single-member audiences — in the courtroom. “It’s much more frightening to be in front of one judge,” says the associate with the Nova Scotia firm Boyne Clarke.

 

Unlocking lockstep

  • Law Office Management
Written by Posted Date: February 1st, 2010
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_2010_February_lockstep.jpgNow that several U.S. law firms have run away from the lockstep model for associate compensation, many Canadian firms are looking to move in the same direction, though not at the same pace.

Litigious transgender lawyer fights for her and others' rights

  • Cross Examined
Written by Posted Date: January 3rd, 2010

Quebec City lawyer Micheline Montreuil made history in the first case she pleaded as a woman.

Micheline Montreuil
Micheline Montreuil

It began in 1997 when Montreuil, an out-of-the-closet transgender who had practised law for 25 years as Pierre Montreuil, launched the first of three highly publicized court challenges against the refusal by Quebec’s registrar of civil status to allow her to legally change her name to Micheline.

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