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Monday, 23 June 2014 08:00

What have the Romans ever done for us?

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_tonywilson.jpgOne of my favorite scenes in Monty Python’s Life of Brian begins with the question posed by the leader of a group of militants intent on ending Roman rule in Judea (played by John Cleese): “What have the Romans ever done for us?” he yells.
Monday, 16 June 2014 08:00

A new perspective

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_Twila-E-Reid.jpg“A little perspective, like a little humour, goes a long way.” – Allen Klein
Monday, 16 June 2014 08:00

CASL: still muddy waters

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_Lisa-Lifshitz.jpgOn June 6, I received an e-mail from Industry Canada inviting me to become “better informed” about Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation through one of several information sessions hosted by the Canadian government “across the country” during the past six months. Having duly signed up to receive “Fighting Spam” updates, I was directed to watch a video, one month after it had been posted to YouTube, that promised to provided “detailed information on enforcement, regulations and guidance related to CASL.”
Monday, 16 June 2014 07:11

Law firm management by the numbers

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_Stephen-Mabey-2013.jpgOn May 8, the Managing Partner Forum 2014 Leadership Conference was held in Atlanta, Ga. The conference was hosted by John Remsen Jr., president and CEO of The Managing Partner Forum.
Karen MacKay of Phoenix Legal and I were fortunate enough to be part of the faculty. Approximately 85 participants from more than 75 law firms (one Canadian firm attended) participated in the day-long session that began with an address by Timothy Corcoran, president of Legal Marketing Association and Principal of Corcoran Consulting Group. While Corcoran’s presentation was well done, the three memorable quotes for me were:
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_margaret-waddell.jpgThe Alberta Court of Appeal released a surprising decision in Andriuk v. Merrill Lynch Canada Inc., in which it has imported the obligation of establishing evidence of class-wide loss from the specialized field of price-fixing actions to a claim grounded in breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty causing a depreciation in share price.
Monday, 09 June 2014 08:00

Cloud storage and the alternative reality

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_benhanuka1.jpgAs legal professionals, we must keep our clients’ information confidential. At the same time, cloud storage of client files is starting to become popular. The benefits of cloud services are significant; not only for the end user, but also from a security perspective.
Monday, 09 June 2014 08:00

RFP pitching tips — times have changed

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_Simone_Hughes-1.jpgWondering what I should write my next column about that would directly and quickly help you win more quality business, I was struck the other day by the increased volume of requests for proposals our firm has been participating in (and mostly winning).
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_jennifer_r_nees_2012.jpgEvery year, members of the immigration bar gather together to discuss emerging issues and rising trends in the practice of immigration at the Canadian Bar Association’s annual immigration conference. This year, the conference was held in Calgary. Immigration practitioners from across Canada (and around the globe!) met to learn and discuss some of the very real issues facing our rapidly changing industry.
Monday, 26 May 2014 10:14

Video: Making Rain - What’s it to me?

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_2014_May_Making_Rain_51.jpgIn this month’s Making Rain, executive coach Debra Forman tackles the complicated issue of putting the breaks on reacting and, at times, overreacting inappropriately to outcomes that mostly don't pertain to you.
Monday, 26 May 2014 08:00

Court wrestling with cy-près principles

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_kirkbaertnew2013.jpgLast month, Ontario Superior Court Justice Paul Perell varied class counsel’s recommendation to distribute a cy-près award in its entirety to the Access to Justice Fund operated by the Law Foundation of Ontario. Instead, as a result of a University of Ottawa faculty member’s request to the court, 20 per cent of this award was donated to the Telfer School of Management at the University of Ottawa.
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