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Monday, 11 November 2013 08:00

Armed conflict and the right to health

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_sonyanigam.jpgWhen most of us speak of war, we think of it as a singular event. Something to be won or lost, part of history, not connected to the present unless we are “at war.” Our time horizons are so short and truncated. And yet the reality of war is that it continues to ripple through the memories of the affected lands and their peoples.
Monday, 11 November 2013 08:00

2013 Key Performance Indicators

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_stephen-mabey.jpgThis column will deal with some of the results of the 2013 Canadian KPI Survey conducted by Law Firm KPI Inc., a for-profit company co-founded by Karen MacKay of Phoenix Legal Inc. and myself in 2010 to specifically undertake surveys of key performance indicators for law firms with up to 100 lawyers. The purpose of the survey is to provide Canadian law firms with industry information in order to benchmark their own performance against the performance of other firms of reasonably comparable size.  
Monday, 11 November 2013 08:00

Help for lawyers’ bad habits

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_damian-j-penny.jpgA disturbing thought occurred to me while reading Coaching for Attorneys — after 15 years of practising law, I have become lazy about meeting deadlines and making it to appointments on time.
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_margaret-waddell.jpgThe viability of price-fixing class actions brought on behalf of indirect purchasers was in legal limbo for a decade, particularly after the Ontario Court of Appeal denied certification in Chadha v. Bayer Inc.. But the long-awaited decisions of the Supreme Court of Canada in a trilogy of price-fixing class actions, Pro-Sys Consultants Ltd. v. Microsoft Corp., Sun‑Rype Products Ltd. v. Archer Daniels Midland Co., and Infineon Technologies AG v. Option consommateurs, have finally put to rest the uncertainty over whether such actions are tenable.  
Monday, 04 November 2013 08:00

Canada + U.S. = 1 (country)?

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_2013_November_Eugene_Meehan.jpgYou may not like what you’re going to read here. Maybe you should stop reading. And that’s OK. Not sure that I fully like it myself. But what is going to happen is unstoppable. That’s why I’ve written a response to Tony Wilson’s recent column “492,529 reasons to say no to merging with the U.S.”
Monday, 04 November 2013 08:00

Hell is freezing over, now what?

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_lee-akazaki-revised.jpgA book review in last month’s online magazine Quartz credits the meteoric success of Apple to the willingness of Phil Schiller (SVP marketing) and Jon Rubenstein (SVP hardware engineering) to defy the late Steve Jobs. They did this by introducing iTunes for Microsoft Windows.
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_2013_October_Making_Rain_44.jpgIn the October episode of Making Rain, executive coach Debra Forman considers the board game Snakes and Ladders as an analogy for viewing your key stakeholders’ trust in you and your subsequent advancement and development.
Monday, 28 October 2013 08:00

492,529 reasons to say no to merging with the U.S.

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_tonywilson.jpgThe National Post’s editor-at-large Diane Francis has just written a book called Merger Of The Century: Why Canada And The United States Should Become One Country, which I just finished.
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_kirkbaertnew2013.jpgIn a recent decision on costs arising from a motion for certification, Justice Paul Perell of the Superior Court acknowledged the ever-upward spiral in costs awards in class proceedings are becoming an impediment to the viability of the class action regime.
Monday, 28 October 2013 08:00

Optimizing your tech skills and office setup

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_benhanuka1.jpgAs I have been trying to impress upon readers of this column since starting to write here earlier this year, in my opinion every lawyer should have a minimum level of technology skills and office setup. While many aspects of the process involved in creating legal work can and should be delegated to staff, some aspects ought to be done by the lawyer. It is a matter of efficiency, quality of work, and even more broadly — competency.
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