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Monday, 06 July 2015 08:00

Careers derailed

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Photo: John Hyrniuk
Photo: John Hyrniuk
After five years spent at ground zero of a spreading financial disaster known as the Hollinger newspaper swap, Elizabeth DeMerchant was acutely aware of its toxicity. As the Torys LLP counsel watched from the sidelines, the reputations of one director, auditor, or legal counsel after another had been laid waste by scandal or suspicion.
Monday, 06 July 2015 08:00

Bell starting to toll on billable hour

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_2015_July_Compensation.jpgThe bells may have finally started tolling for the billable hour, according to the results of Canadian Lawyer’s 2015 Compensation Survey.
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_2015_July_TheFoundersStatue.jpgAlong the north bank of the South Saskatchewan River sits a bronze statue of a preacher and a chief gazing across the river looking at what is today the southeast side of Saskatoon. The monument marks the spot — according to the city’s history — of a meeting in August 1882 between the Dakota Sioux Chief Whitecap and Saskatoon’s founding father John Lake.
Monday, 01 June 2015 08:00

Retirement: Dare to dream

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Illustration: Kyle Reed
Illustration: Kyle Reed
Lawyer Norm Keith is 58 and laughs hard when asked about his readiness for retirement. “There’s an old adage that most good lawyers live well, work hard, and die poor,” he says, referencing the quote from American lawyer and statesman, Daniel Webster. “Many probably spend a little more money than they need to, for appearances sake, or life enjoyment or because they’re not thinking and planning ahead. As a partner in a law firm you probably think you should be living better than you are and for some that means going into debt,” says Keith.
Monday, 01 June 2015 08:00

The Going Rate

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_2015_June_CL_June_15_GoingRate-3.jpgAfter years of steady decline, Canadian litigation fees have finally returned to the heights of the pre-global-recession era, but Canadian lawyers aren’t happy about it.
Monday, 01 June 2015 08:00

CCAA v. BIA

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Illustration: Matthew Billington
Illustration: Matthew Billington
The overall financial situation for Target Corp. was relatively positive when it issued its third-quarter results last November. The net earnings before taxes in the first nine months of 2014 for the Minneapolis-based retailer were US$1.5 billion, in a year where it incurred significant financial costs and unfavorable publicity for a large-scale data breach of its credit card and online operations.
Monday, 04 May 2015 08:01

What's next?

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_2015_May_CL_May_2015_cover.jpgLaw firms are broken.

For the profession’s long-term survival, the structure of the traditional partnership — and the traditional partner and law firm management mindset that goes along with that — need to be unpended. Call it NewLaw, call it LeanLaw, call it anything but the same old, same old.
Monday, 04 May 2015 08:00

Getting there

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Illustration: Huan Tran
Illustration: Huan Tran
A compassionate and moving ruling from a Toronto judge has focused attention on Gladue courts and other support mechanisms for aboriginal offenders, and of the progress, and lack of progress, since the landmark R. v. Gladue decision first came out.
Monday, 06 April 2015 08:00

Carving out a profile

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_2015_April_CL_Apr_15_Pg_01.jpgOn a cold February morning in Ottawa, the sidewalks and grounds in front of the Supreme Court of Canada building are almost empty. A single person is directing pedestrians who do walk by, to stop temporarily. Not for security reasons, but so a colleague can shovel snow and ice off the roof of a government building next door. That very Canadian inconvenience is one of the only signs of activity outside the courthouse. Inside the building, it is also relatively quiet, as the court was not sitting. The judges are working at crafting upcoming decisions and preparing to interview applicants the following week for coveted law clerk positions.
Monday, 02 March 2015 08:00

Light through the window

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Illustration: Martin O'Neill
Illustration: Martin O'Neill
There were two casualties of the Canadian Judicial Council’s inquiry into Justice Lori Douglas. The first was Lori Douglas, by all accounts a competent and hard working associate chief justice of the Family Division of the Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench. The other was the Canadian Judicial Council itself, which found itself battered and bruised in a four-year inquiry that turned the mirror on itself and its procedures.
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