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  • David Paul’s Field Notes
Written by Posted Date: April 21st, 2014
The cloud allows the latest version of my legal work to be synced, saved, and secured but not every cloud provider can be trusted with confidential information.

Three universal truths raised by the Heenan Blaikie story

  • Definitely Mabey
Written by Posted Date: April 21st, 2014
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_Stephen-Mabey-2013.jpgAt last count there were over 25 issues/reasons identified by the legal press (blogs, newspapers, magazines, etc.) that led to the unfortunate demise of Heenan Blaikie. To be clear, the misfortune I speak of is not the disappearance of the law firm itself, but of those who were affected as a result through no fault of their own but rather because of the seeming ineptness of others.

Licensing blues

  • The IT Girl
Written by Posted Date: April 21st, 2014
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_Lisa-Lifshitz.jpgPity the poor licence agreement. Sometimes it doesn’t get much respect from clients.

Overtime class actions: directors take note of your potential exposure

  • Trials & Tribulations
Written by Posted Date: April 14th, 2014
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_margaret-waddell.jpgThe Ontario Court of Appeal’s 2012 trilogy of overtime class action decisions Fresco v. CIBC, Fulawka v. Bank of Nova Scotia, and McCracken v. v. Canadian National Railway Co. confirmed the viability a relatively new form of class action previously unexplored and highly uncertain in Ontario.

Analysis paralysis is lethal for your career

  • Make it Count
Written by Posted Date: April 14th, 2014
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_Simone_Hughes-1.jpgIt is true that even a mediocre plan, well executed, can have more impact than a brilliant plan poorly implemented.

Why e-mail will not be important in the future

  • The Future Files
Written by Posted Date: April 14th, 2014
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_benhanuka1.jpgE-mail will gradually diminish as a primary online communication tool in the coming decade.
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_2014_March_Screen-shot-2014-03-31-at-1.jpgIn the January 2014 edition of Canadian Lawyer, Dera J. Nevin devoted her Tech Support column to a discussion of Sedona Canada, entitled “Filling a gap: What is the Sedona Conference Working Group 7, and why does it matter?” Ms. Nevin, who is a member of the Sedona Conference Working Group Series, describes the mission of Working Group 7 (known as Sedona Canada) and its open membership policy. She also identifies Sedona Canada’s landmark achievements in the area of electronic discovery and disclosure in civil litigation, including the publication of The Sedona Canada Principles in 2008 and their subsequent adoption by reference into the Ontario Rules of Civil Procedure, as well as the publication for public comment of several commentaries on related topics.

Video: Making Rain - Supersize your efforts

Written by Posted Date: March 31st, 2014
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_2014_March_MakingRain49small.jpgIn this month’s episode, executive coach Debra Forman encourages you to supersize all of your business development and practice management efforts by taking your current efforts to new levels.

Wal-Mart coming to Canada. Sorry, no.

  • Class Acts
Written by Posted Date: March 24th, 2014
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_kirkbaertnew2013.jpgIn Wal-Mart Stores Inc. v. Dukes, the Supreme Court of the United States held that in order for class certification to be granted, judges must undertake a “rigorous analysis.” Of course, judicial analysis should be rigorous so we know the court must have meant something else. It turns out it did.

Let’s have lunch

  • The Immigration Line
Written by Posted Date: March 24th, 2014
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_jennifer_r_nees_2012.jpgFor all lawyers, client relationship building is an enormous part of what we do. Building trust, creating solutions, and proving yourself as a partner to the client is critical to success. It’s also increasingly difficult in an age where face time is limited and most of our communication is conducted via e-mail.
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