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The Compact: A new way forward for marriage contracts & cohabitation agreementsIf insufficient financial disclosure is the “cancer” of family law, the “heart disease” of our field at present is the frequency with which attacks on marriage contracts and cohabitation agreements are launched — and succeed.
Monday, 11 May 2015 08:00

Dealing with those nuisance claims

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Dealing with those nuisance claimsWe’ve all had them. The claim that lands on your desk and, from the very first read through, promises to live up to its colloquial name: a nuisance.
Monday, 11 May 2015 08:00

Advanced Adobe Acrobat features

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Advanced Adobe Acrobat featuresIn last month’s column, I provided a brief overview of the new Adobe Acrobat DC, the newest version of the popular program. In this article, I will address some of the features I often use in my daily practice and how they work.
A lawyer’s guide to prepare for holidaysBeing a lawyer is what I do and have been doing for the last 28 years. My formative years were spent in what was then considered a large firm in Alberta. Then 25 years ago, at a legal conference, I met the man who would become my partner in law and in life. Taking a major plunge, we decided to start our own firm.
Determined to limit partnership challenges, we chose not to take on other lawyers.
Brian Beamish says one of his main goals is to help institutions deal with the issue of snooping by health care staff into patient records.
Brian Beamish says one of his main goals is to help institutions deal with the issue of snooping by health care staff into patient records.
Personal health information breaches are on the rise and the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner in Ontario is embarking on an internal review of its processes in this and other areas as cases become more prevalent.
Dunkin’ Donuts decision has limited application outside QuebecOn April 15, 2015, the Quebec Court of Appeal released its highly anticipated decision in Bertico Inc. v. Dunkin’ Brands Canada Ltd., a group action brought against Dunkin’ Donuts by 21 of its franchisees in Quebec.
Monday, 27 April 2015 08:00

For fetter or worse

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For fetter or worseI found the smoking gun of humanitarian and compassionate decision-making in immigration law. Of all the unlikely places, I found it in Robarts Library at the University of Toronto. It is the only place that has it, I’m pretty sure.
Is cyber-liability insurance the answer to data breaches?There is no doubt the world can be a scary and threatening place in which to do business. Cyber attacks are on the rise. Estimates show cybercriminals unleash 3.5 new threats targeting small and medium businesses every second.
Victims of ideology: All the ‘isms’ are now ‘wasms’“Saigon . . .  I’m still only in Saigon . . . Every time I think I’m gonna wake up back in the jungle.”

The role of ‘non-lawyers’ in delivering exceptional client experiencesNote from Scott Jolliffe, chairman and CEO of Gowlings:

When I was asked to write an article about the increasingly important role of “non-lawyers” in law firms, I asked Rick Kathuria, our national director, project management office and legal logistics, to share his views on the subject, particularly given his role in our newly launched legal project management initiative, Gowlings Practical™ — in which Rick has been a vital and driving force. Rick is not a lawyer, but he has credentials as a project management professional, certified management consultant and professional engineer. What follows is his response.

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