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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_Stephen-Mabey-2013.jpgDr. Larry Richard, seen by many as an eminent expert on the personality profile of lawyers, has pointed out the following characteristics of lawyers in the past:
Monday, 18 August 2014 08:00

The importance of taking a proper affidavit

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During your career, you may be called upon by a friend, cousin, brother, sister, mother-in-law, or others you have known for a long time to swear an affidavit or notarize a document. On many occasions, their requests may not be aligned with the law society rules and other legal or ethical obligations incumbent on us. As lawyers we must follow, without exception, rules incumbent to our integrity in those circumstances — even if doing so might offend the person seeking your assistance. The following are some recommendations to consider when taking an affidavit.
Monday, 18 August 2014 08:00

Car hacking is the new car jacking

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_Lisa-Lifshitz.jpgIn many respects, today’s new cars are essentially mini-computers on wheels, containing vast amounts of computer chips, sensors, and nanotechnology controlled by thousands of lines of software code.
Monday, 18 August 2014 08:00

A present of gratitude

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_Twila-E-Reid.jpgSummer has finally “spread her hand” here in Atlantic Canada. The weather is so nice our team decided to close the office early last Friday (yes, we often have to close early for bad weather, and we also — about once a year — close early in the summer when there is good weather).
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_margaret-waddell.jpgThe standard of appellate review for contract interpretation has been redefined by the Supreme Court of Canada. Buried in the depths of summer and delivered in the context of an appeal from an arbitral award, Justice Marshall Rothstein’s decision in Sattva Capital Corp. v. Creston Moly Corp. may have gone unnoticed by many, so I am taking this opportunity to focus the spotlight on it. The decision is of seminal importance, not just for appeals in the arbitration context, but also for all common law proceedings where the interpretation of a contract is under appeal.
Monday, 11 August 2014 08:00

RFP pitching tips — part 3

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_Simone_Hughes-1.jpgThis month I will address some very important practical tips around the process of responding to requests for proposals. While the tips below sound very logical, you would be surprised by how many submissions lose because of not following instructions.
Monday, 11 August 2014 08:00

Moxtra: a new mobile interactive tool

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_benhanuka1.jpgIn recent articles, I have been writing about the planting of the seeds for what many think will ultimately lead to the declining role of e-mail as a form of electronic communication among professionals, and indeed among humans collaborating on any project or task.
Monday, 28 July 2014 11:17

How do you fix a problem like immigration?

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_jennifer_r_nees_2012.jpgThe headline is tongue-in-cheek because really, the first step towards “fixing” immigration is to realize the immigration program as a whole, and even our temporary foreign worker program, in part, are not necessarily broken. Yes, there are people who misuse, misunderstand, or downright abuse the system, but a watch isn’t broken because someone forgets to wind it.
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_2014_July_MakingRain53.jpgIn this month’s Making Rain, executive coach Debra Forman reminds you that when it comes to balancing your career desires you are ultimately the person responsible for your success.
Monday, 28 July 2014 08:00

A steeper hill for securities class actions

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_kirkbaertnew2013.jpgThe plaintiff’s securities class action bar takes on substantial risk when they bring a claim seeking leave under Part XXIII.1 of the Ontario Securities Act. Often, all counsel knows is there has been some wrongdoing at a company that has led to a dramatic decline in the price of a share. The diligent counsel reviews the company’s historic public disclosure, wherein the company’s health has been, without fail, viewed through rose-coloured glasses. Once the corrective disclosure occurs, the security’s value tumbles down to earth and investors are left holding the bag.
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