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Monday, 11 May 2015 08:00

Dealing with those nuisance claims

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_Gillian-Hnatiw.jpgWe’ve all had them. The claim that lands on your desk and, from the very first read through, promises to live up to its colloquial name: a nuisance.
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Standard_photos_Brahm-Siegel.jpgIf insufficient financial disclosure is the “cancer” of family law, the “heart disease” of our field at present is the frequency with which attacks on marriage contracts and cohabitation agreements are launched — and succeed.
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Standard_photos_dolman-alexandre.jpgOn April 15, 2015, the Quebec Court of Appeal released its highly anticipated decision in Bertico Inc. v. Dunkin’ Brands Canada Ltd., a group action brought against Dunkin’ Donuts by 21 of its franchisees in Quebec.
Brian Beamish says one of his main goals is to help institutions deal with the issue of snooping by health care staff into patient records.
Brian Beamish says one of his main goals is to help institutions deal with the issue of snooping by health care staff into patient records.
Personal health information breaches are on the rise and the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner in Ontario is embarking on an internal review of its processes in this and other areas as cases become more prevalent.
Monday, 27 April 2015 08:00

Video: Making Rain: Be your own gatekeeper

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_2015_April_Making_Rain_62.jpgIn this month’s episode, Debra Forman challenges lawyers to be more proactive and hands-on in their professional development by being their own gatekeeper — effectively allocating their own time and executing their efforts.

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Standard_photos_Rick-Kathuria.jpgNote from Scott Jolliffe, chairman and CEO of Gowlings:

When I was asked to write an article about the increasingly important role of “non-lawyers” in law firms, I asked Rick Kathuria, our national director, project management office and legal logistics, to share his views on the subject, particularly given his role in our newly launched legal project management initiative, Gowlings Practical™ — in which Rick has been a vital and driving force. Rick is not a lawyer, but he has credentials as a project management professional, certified management consultant and professional engineer. What follows is his response.

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_tonywilson.jpg“Saigon . . .  I’m still only in Saigon . . . Every time I think I’m gonna wake up back in the jungle.”
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_Lisa-Lifshitz.jpgThere is no doubt the world can be a scary and threatening place in which to do business. Cyber attacks are on the rise. Estimates show cybercriminals unleash 3.5 new threats targeting small and medium businesses every second.
Monday, 27 April 2015 08:00

For fetter or worse

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_Ron-Poulton.jpgI found the smoking gun of humanitarian and compassionate decision-making in immigration law. Of all the unlikely places, I found it in Robarts Library at the University of Toronto. It is the only place that has it, I’m pretty sure.
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_Kristal-Bayes.jpgOne is the loneliest number — particularly when you are sitting at your desk, eyes glazed over, reviewing a new assignment you are unsure how to tackle. Luckily, we’re not alone — despite how the practice of law may feel sometimes.
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