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Monday, 12 January 2015 16:32

Children’s voices — are we listening?

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Children have the right to be heard in matters affecting them. This right, which is set out in Art. 12 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, arises in many contexts. Recently it was noted as one of four foundational principles in dealings with children in the immigration context in an advisory opinion from the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_Margaret_L_Waddell.jpgIn 2002, Part XXIII.1 was added to the Ontario Securities Act. It established a statutory cause of action for investors damaged by secondary market misrepresentations disseminated by publicly traded corporations or their officers and directors.
Monday, 12 January 2015 10:37

Is Google search evidence admissible?

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_BH-Shirt-and-Jacket.jpgAssessing and searching for evidence and facts constitute a significant part of lawyers’ roles in representing clients. While litigators probably utilize these functions much more intensively than do solicitors, it is likely a matter of degree and extent.
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_tonywilson.jpgLawyers of a certain age will remember a case of the British Columbia Court of Appeal called Vander Zalm v. Times Publishers, where then-Minister of Human Resources for B.C., Bill Vander Zalm, was the subject of a scathing political cartoon drawn by Robert Bierman, depicting Vander Zalm happily pulling the wings off flies.
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Standard_photos_Dudley-Hilary.jpgRegulators on both sides of the border have made it a priority to try to police complex insider trading schemes. The aggressive approach by the Ontario Securities Commission, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and in particular the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York has yielded stunning headlines over the last few years, but 2014 was marked by a series of setbacks in insider trading enforcement.
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_Stephen-Mabey-2013.jpgThis month’s column will be my 58th column to appear on Canadian Lawyer’s web site and it will be my last on a regular monthly basis. I am a firm believer that one should stop doing something that’s rewarding before passion turns into rote.
Monday, 29 December 2014 08:00

The ‘Voldemort’ season

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_tonywilson.jpgI am so glad it’s over. You know, that “season” I’m not supposed to mention by name, lest it offend someone. That most wonderful time of the year: the so-called “holiday season.” We might just as well call it the “Voldemort season” given that everyone seems to be afraid of the word Christmas.
Monday, 29 December 2014 08:00

Video: Making Rain - Take your temperature reading

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_2014_December_Making_Rain_58.jpgAs the last month of the year, Making Rain columnist Debra Forman says it’s the best time to take a final inventory on where things currently stand with regard to your client service and relationships. It's a golden opportunity to clear 2014 of any outstanding matters or doubts that will diminish your year’s success.
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, 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?
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