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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_2014_March_Jim-Shanks-4.jpgShareholder, partnership, and joint-venture agreements invariably contain provisions that allow investors to disengage from one another if their relationship later turns sour.

Law Library: Understanding how the legal winds are blowing

  • Law Library
Written by Posted Date: March 17th, 2014
NewLaw New Rules — A conversation about the future of the legal services industry by George Beaton, Beaton Capital, 2013, pp. 210.
NewLaw New Rules — A conversation about the future of the legal services industry by George Beaton, Beaton Capital, 2013, pp. 210.
NewLaw, New Rules — A conversation about the future of the legal services industry
, by its very nature, shows how much the practice of law has changed. It is dubbed “a conversation about the future of the legal services industry,” and while Australian consultant George Beaton is billed as the author, it’s really a collaboration between dozens of lawyers, professors, and analysts from around the English-speaking world (including several Canadians, most notably Jordan Furlong).

Definitely Mabey: You may get paid on revenues but you spend profits

  • Definitely Mabey
Written by Posted Date: March 17th, 2014
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_Stephen-Mabey-2013.jpgThis month’s column addresses the third “P” that today’s law firms need to tackle to ensure they are tomorrow’s law firms too. The January column addressed the need to have processes that ensure the efficient and effective delivery of legal services without which you could be out of step with clients’ needs. February’s dealt with the importance of having and sticking to a pricing strategy again without which you could be disengaging clients (unfortunately unknowingly).

The IT Girl: Check your own house

  • The IT Girl
Written by Posted Date: March 17th, 2014
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_Lisa-Lifshitz.jpgAs we all know, technology (including software, infrastructure, data backup and restore, etc.) is increasingly being made available as a “service” on a trans-border/global “cloud” basis. For some interested buyers, this model raises the spectre of a host of concerns regarding the location of customers’ data, the preservation of data, confidentiality/security, the secondary use of data by vendors, and the actual location of vendors’ networks and systems.

Be gone, good old yellow pad

  • The Future Files
Written by Posted Date: March 10th, 2014
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_benhanuka1.jpgEven in the midst of the paperless office trend, which has been slowly spreading in the legal profession over the last decade and really took off a few years ago, and really until only a few years ago, I used to carry my lovely leather-bound Day-Timer with me whenever I left the office. It had all my to-do lists, calendar, daily notes, and my sacred yellow legal pad.

No plan – no future

  • Make it Count
Written by Posted Date: March 10th, 2014
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_Simone_Hughes-1.jpgTaking even one hour to think about what legal services you want to provide, to whom, and how each party will benefit will give you a higher probability of achieving the success you desire.

Video: Making Rain - Channel your inner groundhog

Written by Posted Date: February 24th, 2014
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_2014_February_MakingRain48.jpgIn this month’s episode of Making Rain, executive coach Debra Forman challenges you to focus your energies on specific efforts, balance expectations, follow through with appropriate execution, and earn your clients’ trust.

Court of Appeal rights its own wrong

  • Class Acts
Written by Posted Date: February 24th, 2014
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_kirkbaertnew2013.jpgIn a stunning reversal, a five-judge panel of the Ontario Court of Appeal reversed its decision in Sharma v. Timminco Ltd. where it just recently held that the three-year limitation period for bringing a statutory claim for misrepresentation in respect of shares trading in the secondary market could not be suspended until a court had granted leave to commence the claim.

A thought from the 2nd-least affordable city in the world for housing

  • Letter from Law Law Land
Written by Posted Date: February 24th, 2014
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_tonywilson.jpgLast year, my assistant of six years came into my office and said: “My husband and I are moving to Edmonton.” Even though they lived in a condo in suburban New Westminster (coincidentally, the “burb” where I live), and the commute is only 30 minutes on the Skytrain, she and her husband wanted a house with a yard.
Many of us use an eclectic combination of technology in our legal practice. For instance, I use a Windows 7 PC, an iPhone 5, a Kindle, and an iPad. Each serves a particular role.
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