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- The Accidental Mentor
A sense of humour is an endearing quality, even in a lawyer. It can help you win the confidence of clients and colleagues. A flash of wit can signify a mastery of the facts. Lack of humour can be interpreted as being uncomfortable with the facts, like trousers that are too small. Too much humour, on the other hand, is like too much drink: it makes a display of the speaker at the expense of the subject matter.
- Human Rights . . . Here & There
As a lawyer, when I hear about human rights abuses my reflex is to seek legal solutions through criminal prosecution, a more human-rights-positive approach to interpretations of laws and regulations, and, when all else fails, new legislation. However, over the past year or two, I keep bumping into things that bring my attention to another form of resistance that is perhaps more accessible and more democratic — art.
Written by Debra Forman Posted Date: April 29th, 2013
Written by Max Reed Posted Date: April 22nd, 2013
This tax season the one million American citizens in Canada have to file an extra tax return. American citizens in Canada have always had to file a tax return, but recent legal developments make this more imperative. This article outlines some of the tax issues faced by U.S. citizens living in Canada.
- Letter from Law Law Land
Although I could speak today about the underfunding of B.C.’s courts, legal aid, and a recently released Angus Reid public opinion poll suggesting that British Columbians are dissatisfied with the justice system, this is, after all, supposed to be a light, entertaining, and fluffy column about legal practice on the west coast, and there are some topics that don’t lend themselves to my swordplay.
- Class Acts
A recent Ontario Superior Court decision amended the class definition of a certified Canadian class proceeding to carve out the settled claims of a parallel U.S. class action. This was done in the face of vehement arguments from Canadian class counsel that the U.S. settlement was inadequate and improvident. This decision provides a powerful demonstration of the risks associated with litigating a class action on behalf of a global class where there are parallel proceedings in a foreign jurisdiction. As a result of the amendment to the class definition, the Canadian class was reduced by 85 per cent.
- Human Rights . . . Here & There
Every once in a while I come across a book that changes my understanding of the world. Laurence Bergreen’s Over the Edge of the World, which describes Magellan’s attempt to circumnavigate the globe, has had this effect on me. It is a truly harrowing tale of determination, discovery, and human strengths and weaknesses across different cultures. It made me step back and look at trade as a human endeavour.
- Definitely Mabey
Lawyers Weekly in Australia recently polled over 500 lawyers and nearly 75 per cent of those polled said “their firm doesn’t care about or allow for work-life balance” and drew the conclusion it was the firms’ culture not their policies that were the blame.
- David Paul’s Field Notes
It should be the goal of every law firm to deliver exceptional client service. Just as good food and good atmosphere are part of what make good restaurants, exceptional client service makes good law firms. In addition to providing sound legal advice, three areas in which law firms can enhance their services include providing a comfortable and professional office, a quality initial consultation, and personalizing the services being offered.