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Monday, 03 August 2015 08:00

The Top 25 Most Influential

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_2015_August_CL_August_15-1.jpgCanadian Lawyer’s Top 25 Most Influential in the justice system and legal profession in Canada is now in its sixth year. Every year, the Top 25 is the magazine’s most-read, and most commented-on, feature. And once again, the number of nominations as well as votes in our public poll show how engaged our readers are in supporting and highlighting their colleagues who are doing extraordinary things both within the profession as well as beyond it.
Monday, 03 August 2015 08:00

Tough on crime

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Photo: Shutterstock
Photo: Shutterstock
Three weeks after the Supreme Court of Canada spring ruling that mandatory minimums for illegal handgun possession were unconstitutional, a young man in Toronto was sentenced to three years in prison for that offence. The sentence was the same length as the previous minimum. Landrell Beals had no prior criminal record, a high school education, and the support of his family.
Monday, 03 August 2015 08:00

Controversy dogs family med-arb

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Illustration: Jeannie Phan
Illustration: Jeannie Phan
Gary Joseph says some years ago, he dodged a legal bullet. He was sitting in a breakout room with a family law client. A mediator-arbitrator would come in to talk to them before going to another room to speak to the other party in a process similar to shuttle diplomacy. “The mediator came into our room and he began talking about the evidence that we have and our expert report and [started] making some negative comments about the expertise of our expert and some other things that our expert did,” Joseph recalls. “When he left the room, my client turned to me with just daggers in his or her eyes and said, ‘What have you done to me? How could this person possibly be fair to me after telling me that my expert report has 16 different holes in it?’”
Monday, 06 July 2015 08:10

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.
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