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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Standard_photos_Ralph-Baxter.jpgFor some time I have been troubled by the potential conflict of interest that hours-based billing causes between the lawyer and the client. The more I focus on it, the more profound the problem appears.
Monday, 16 March 2015 08:00

A not unbiased look at Russia under Putin

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Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man’s Fight for Justice, by Bill Browder, Simon & Schuster, pp. 416, 2015
Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man’s Fight for Justice, by Bill Browder, Simon & Schuster, pp. 416, 2015
The Soviet Constitution of 1936 stated that citizens of the U.S.S.R. had the right to freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of conscience, and “guaranteed inviolability of the person,” adding that “no person may be placed under arrest except by decision of a court or with the sanction of a procurator.”
Monday, 16 March 2015 08:00

The great research debate: paper or pixels

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_Kristal-Bayes.jpgI have a confession to make. The last time I sat down and read an entire book cover to cover was just before I started articling — which is a shame because I thoroughly love books. This is not to say that I don’t read. In fact, a large proportion of my day, like the day of most lawyers, is spent reviewing articles, case law, legislation, and other publications on my computer screen. In other words, it’s not the activity that has changed but the medium used to do it.
Monday, 16 March 2015 08:00

Make it happen

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_Twila-E-Reid.jpgInternational Women’s Day was March 8. The theme for this year is: Make It Happen. Patricia Arquette must have known that when she advocated for gender wage equality during her acceptance speech after winning the Oscar for best supporting actress. Her heartfelt comments struck a chord with the audience (Meryl Streep and Jennifer Lopez in particular) as well as with viewers.
Monday, 09 March 2015 08:00

The impact of advanced search settings

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_BH-Shirt-and-Jacket.jpgThis article focuses on more advanced Internet search strategies.
Monday, 09 March 2015 08:00

Trick Question: ‘What do you do?’

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_Simone_Hughes-1.jpgA great “elevator pitch” is an essential component in your networking toolkit. A good one will spark interest and propel you into an engaging conversation. The test of a great elevator pitch is if the other party ends up asking you for your business card and an invitation to meet with you again.
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Standard_photos_David_Fraser.jpgI often represent victims of true cyber bullying, including adults whose lives have been turned upside down by malicious online actors, so I am very sympathetic to the nominal goals of Nova Scotia’s Cyber-safety Act. But the legislation fails to take into account — in any way — that all expression is protected by the Charter and can only be regulated or suppressed by reasonable limits, prescribed by law.
Monday, 23 February 2015 09:32

Conrad Black and that meddlesome Supreme Court

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_tonywilson.jpgI’ve always found Conrad Black to be an intellectual force to be reckoned with since I read his book on Maurice Duplessis for a Canadian history class I took in the ’70s at the University of Western Ontario (as it was then called). His command of English compels his readers to either step up to their “A” game (with their dictionaries firmly in hand), or give up. He may still be Lord of Crossharbour, but he’s also the “Lord of Large Words” (where smaller ones will do). He’s smug and pompous but always entertaining and insightful (even when he’s smug and pompous).
Monday, 23 February 2015 08:00

Come to Canada! (before we change our minds…)

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_Ron-Poulton.jpgPicture this: you are a commercial or real estate or tax lawyer or any other counsel advising a person on the effects of their actions and recommending a course of conduct or financial re-arrangement to ensure future security in land, money, or rights. You are an expert in your area, are well paid for the advice and provide a sound, unassailable opinion. The clients structure their financial and personal affairs to follow a future path of conduct aimed at ensuring growth, security, and prosperity.
Monday, 23 February 2015 08:00

Video: Making Rain - Hit your pause button

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_2015_February_Making_rain_60.jpgThis month, executive coach Debra Forman zeroes in on responding effectively and acting responsibly in all of your communications. Sometimes you need to hit your inner pause button and stop and think before you act or react.
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