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Monday, 07 July 2014 08:01

Frankenstorm brings down Heenan Blaikie

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Illustration: Faye Rogers
Illustration: Faye Rogers
Ask Marshall Pawar what brought down Heenan Blaikie LLP and the corporate lawyer slyly dodges the question, telling a reporter he prefers to focus on his new venture, MEP Business Counsel.
But his answers still speak volumes about the future of national law firms.
Monday, 07 July 2014 08:00

On the upswing

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_2014_July_comp.survey.jpgAssociate salaries are back on the upswing, but new lawyers may have to do more for their money in the future, judging by the results of Canadian Lawyer’s 2014 Compensation Survey. After two straight years of decline, first-year associates saw a significant 21-per-cent bump in salary, with the median hitting $80,000 in this year’s survey, up from $66,000 in 2013. That’s the highest level since we started compiling the survey in this format in 2010.
Monday, 07 July 2014 08:00

Broader border concerns

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Illustration: Kim Rosen
Illustration: Kim Rosen
Guidy Mamann was at a former employee’s wedding when he received a phone call. “The community called me to tell me that one plane made it to Guatemala and the other one was stuck in Trinidad and the Canadian government had gone out, chased them down, and brought them back,” says the senior partner with Mamann Sandaluk & Kingwell LLP. The “community” was Lev Tahor, a Haredi Jewish sect that had recently fled from Quebec to Ontario in an attempt to evade child protection authorities. A handful of the approximately 40 families had then tried to go to the Caribbean, but only a few made it successfully.
Monday, 02 June 2014 08:00

The going rate

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Canada’s slow and steady economic recovery seems to be reflected in the country’s legal market, with lawyers split down the middle on the merits of a price hike.
Monday, 02 June 2014 08:00

New money

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Illustration: Pierre-Paul Pariseau
Illustration: Pierre-Paul Pariseau
Small businesses and startups across Canada look set to gain much wider access to capital under proposals to permit equity crowdfunding. In recent months, securities regulators in Ontario, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Quebec, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia have all released plans that would allow businesses to raise cash in this way.
Monday, 02 June 2014 08:00

Cryptocurrency!

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Illustration:Kickpixel
Illustration:Kickpixel
When Jillian Friedman completed her articles at McMillan LLP at the end of last year, the young Montreal lawyer attended by fortuitous happenstance a networking event presentation on bitcoins, a controversial and extremely volatile virtual currency that exists only digitally, as computer code. Friedman, unshaken by the scandals and sordid headlines that have rocked the nascent virtual currency over the past year, was hooked, enticed by the notion of becoming a cryptocurrency legal expert. She is on her way. Heeding the advice of her mentors, Friedman is cultivating a clientele of bitcoin startups, a sector that allows her to share her knowledge and brief legal experience in financial services and general commercial law to an industry pushing for mainstream recognition.
Monday, 05 May 2014 08:01

Bad law

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_2014_May_cl-may-14-pg-01.jpgIt was just last summer that a team of lawyers led by Alan Young persuaded the Supreme Court of Canada to strike down the country’s prostitution law. But the seeds of the litigation were sown 25 years earlier, in the chill, pre-dawn hours of a Toronto morning. Young, a young lawyer at the law office of legendary criminal lawyer Alan Gold, had fielded an urgent call from a client who operated a dingy brothel near the city’s downtown bus depot. The joint was being raided, and the nervous client wanted help.
Monday, 05 May 2014 08:00

New technology, traditional legal tests

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_2014_May_final.jpgIn what might be the most high-profile seizure ever of a smartphone in Canada, police obtained a court order and travelled to the United States earlier this year to extract information from the iPhone of a friend of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford. Toronto police were unable to analyze the device allegedly belonging to Alexander “Sandro” Lisi “because they did not have the current forensic tools to extract information from the phone,” stated a sworn affidavit by an officer in the investigation dubbed Project Brazen 2.
Monday, 07 April 2014 08:00

Pro Bono Case Studies

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Lawyers across Canada are involved in many types of pro bono work. Here are just a few examples of what they're doing.
Monday, 07 April 2014 08:00

Law firm pro bono survey

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Across the country lawyers find the time to participate in interesting and important pro bono projects that give back to their communities and aid in providing access to justice for those who might not otherwise be able to afford legal counsel.
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