On March 13, a decision was made at Goodman and Carr LLP that would send almost 200 lawyers and support staff onto the streets, and most didn't even see it coming. How did a once vibrant, entrepreneurial, and ambitious law firm crash and burn at the turn of a meeting?
Tuesday, 01 May 2007 06:33

Wall of secrecy

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It’s easier to defend a murderer than an accused terrorist — at least you know the case against your client. Just knowing what you’re up against is a struggle. Lawyers who defend accused terrorists face an uphill fight, but they continue to do so for fundamental principles, not money.
City Report: Montreal's legal economy continues to thriveMontreal’s legal landscape appears to have adjusted to the seismic shift caused by the arrival of national firms and globalization at the turn of the millennium, with both large and mid-size offices now benefiting.
Wednesday, 04 April 2007 12:07

Legal Report: Labour & Employment

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Legal Report: Labour & EmploymentLabour and employment law is one area that has seen some of the most frequent attempts to use the Charter to advance a client’s cause, like discrimination and picketing, but what lies ahead?
Wednesday, 04 April 2007 11:57

Charter angst

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Charter angstCanada has now had a quarter-century of living under a Constitutional democracy governed by an entrenched Charter of Rights and Freedoms. After 25 years, the groundwork has been laid, but the real fight over rights and freedoms has just begun.
Monday, 05 March 2007 08:38

Legal Report: Boutiques

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Legal Report: BoutiquesIP boutiques face increasing competition from the growing number of national and international full-service law firms, with their bigger litigation departments and broader array of legal services. But that doesn’t worry Canadian IP boutique operators. That’s because they say big firms don’t get it and fail to grasp the investment needed to run a proper IP shop.

Monday, 05 March 2007 08:14

The great lie

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The great lieLaw firms talk a good tale about helping associates find balance between their jobs and personal life. But don’t believe it. The cold, hard reality is that client demands trump balance and that’s why lawyers get paid so well.
Tuesday, 06 February 2007 10:11

The way it was: 30 years of the law

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From the sexist '70s to the go-go '90s, the legal profession has undergone nothing short of a revolution in the 30 years since Canadian Lawyer first hit the streets in 1977. Gone are the quaint, genteel days when lawyers practised law in small firms equipped with a secretary and a Dictaphone and civility was the order of the day. Today, mammoth legal giants dot the landscape, with hundreds of lawyers and support staff equipped with more desktop computing power than NASA had for many of its Apollo missions. Lack of civility is under fire and lawyers labour under the billable hour and client demands.

From the threats of separation in the 1970s to our recent cover story on the struggles of law firms outside Canada's urban centres, Canadian Lawyer has been there to document history.

Looking back over 30 years of Canadian Lawyer, it's interesting to see how many things have changed and how many things have stayed the same, both in the pages of this magazine and in the legal profession at large.

Friday, 02 February 2007 09:11

Report on Law Associations

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There is more than one way to skin a cat and law firms looking to branch out beyond their borders without making a hefty investment to build a global or national law firm are turning to the growing number of legal networks. They come in all shapes and sizes and provide regional and local law firms and their clients with a window into the world of business and legal advice.
Monday, 08 January 2007 08:16

Legal Report: Intellectual Property - Drug wars

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Legal Report: Intellectual Property - Drug wars With billions of dollars invested researching and marketing a successful drug, brand-name drug manufacturers are taking a hard-line approach to litigation. The question now facing the industry is whether recent changes to federal regulations involving patents and drugs will bring a truce to the sector or take the fight to a new level.
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