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Monday, 15 December 2014 00:08

What do cloud vendors want, part 2?

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_Lisa-Lifshitz.jpgLast month, I wrote about part of my recent conversation with in-house counsel from several major public Canadian and U.S. cloud vendors in connection to the Canadian IT Law Association’s Annual Meeting in October. Here are some more thoughts from them on the big issues surrounding cloud computing.
Monday, 15 December 2014 00:08

You’ve lost that successful feelin’?

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_Twila-E-Reid.jpg2014 is ending fast. Every firm in Canada has lost some great talent this year to roles outside of private practice. The question everyone asks is “why”? Why do lawyers leave private practice?
Monday, 15 December 2014 00:08

Gear, gadgets, and more, part 2

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In the first part of this two-part series, I talked about the importance of keeping up with trends in technology, particularly if we choose to use technology to better serve our clients and help manage our practice. However, technology is also a rapidly changing area that requires periodic updates on where it sits now, and where it is going.
Monday, 08 December 2014 09:08

Beware the long arm of the U.S. courts

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_Margaret_L_Waddell.jpgThe United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit has confirmed that courts can take “long arm” jurisdiction over a Canadian resident corporation, even when the company has no physical presence in the American jurisdiction, and the only contact between the parties was by electronic and telephone communications across the border.
Monday, 08 December 2014 08:00

The dangerous right to remain silent

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_William-G-Trudell.jpgWelcome to “Sidebars” No. 1.
Monday, 08 December 2014 08:00

Rules highlight key role of tech in modern practice

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_BH-Shirt-and-Jacket.jpgThis is my last column for 2014. One of my columns addressed some of the relevant provisions of lawyers’ competence in the Rules of Professional Conduct, as they relate to technology.
Monday, 08 December 2014 08:00

Top three holiday season networking opportunities

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_Simone_Hughes-1.jpgIt is the time of year when it seems like I have not one minute to draw a single breath. Holiday cards. Holiday events. Year-end forecasts. Next year’s budgets. Firm plan. Practice group plans. Individual plans. Directory updates. Contact updates. Travel plans. Performance evaluations. Meetings, meetings, meetings. Family. Gifts. Decorating. Cooking. Billing. Client year-end requests.
Monday, 01 December 2014 00:08

Prizes and booby prizes for 2014

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_tonywilson.jpgThe prize for something said by a lawyer in Canada in 2014 is this gem of a comment made to over 450 lawyers and judges in Toronto in October by my new comedic heroine, criminal lawyer Marie Henein, who emceed the event. “As criminal lawyers we represent people who have committed heinous acts. Acts of violence. Acts of depravity. Acts of cruelty. Or as Jian Ghomeshi likes to call it, ‘foreplay,’” (Bada-Boom). She now represents Jian Ghomeshi.
Monday, 01 December 2014 00:08

SCC re-iterates flexible approach to common issues

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_kirkbaertnew2013.jpgLast spring, the Supreme Court of Canada released a decision adopting a liberal approach to the certification of common issues in class proceedings. Because this case arose out of Quebec, it did not receive widespread attention in the rest of Canada. However, it would be a mistake to let the importance of this case remain un- or under-appreciated.
Monday, 01 December 2014 00:08

Culture — glue or repellent — your choice

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_Stephen-Mabey-2013.jpgWhile there has been a real focus of late on leadership, structure, innovation, strategy, and cost reduction, I am a pretty simple guy from a quaint little community in Nova Scotia and like to start with the basics. And culture is the base on which all firms are either built or destroyed.
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