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Monday, 08 December 2014 08:00

The dangerous right to remain silent

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_William-G-Trudell.jpgWelcome to “Sidebars” No. 1.
Monday, 08 December 2014 08:00

Rules highlight key role of tech in modern practice

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_BH-Shirt-and-Jacket.jpgThis is my last column for 2014. One of my columns addressed some of the relevant provisions of lawyers’ competence in the Rules of Professional Conduct, as they relate to technology.
Monday, 08 December 2014 08:00

Top three holiday season networking opportunities

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_Simone_Hughes-1.jpgIt is the time of year when it seems like I have not one minute to draw a single breath. Holiday cards. Holiday events. Year-end forecasts. Next year’s budgets. Firm plan. Practice group plans. Individual plans. Directory updates. Contact updates. Travel plans. Performance evaluations. Meetings, meetings, meetings. Family. Gifts. Decorating. Cooking. Billing. Client year-end requests.
Monday, 01 December 2014 00:08

Prizes and booby prizes for 2014

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_tonywilson.jpgThe prize for something said by a lawyer in Canada in 2014 is this gem of a comment made to over 450 lawyers and judges in Toronto in October by my new comedic heroine, criminal lawyer Marie Henein, who emceed the event. “As criminal lawyers we represent people who have committed heinous acts. Acts of violence. Acts of depravity. Acts of cruelty. Or as Jian Ghomeshi likes to call it, ‘foreplay,’” (Bada-Boom). She now represents Jian Ghomeshi.
Monday, 01 December 2014 00:08

SCC re-iterates flexible approach to common issues

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_kirkbaertnew2013.jpgLast spring, the Supreme Court of Canada released a decision adopting a liberal approach to the certification of common issues in class proceedings. Because this case arose out of Quebec, it did not receive widespread attention in the rest of Canada. However, it would be a mistake to let the importance of this case remain un- or under-appreciated.
Monday, 01 December 2014 00:08

Culture — glue or repellent — your choice

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_Stephen-Mabey-2013.jpgWhile there has been a real focus of late on leadership, structure, innovation, strategy, and cost reduction, I am a pretty simple guy from a quaint little community in Nova Scotia and like to start with the basics. And culture is the base on which all firms are either built or destroyed.
Monday, 24 November 2014 12:21

Uncertainty of Express Entry can only hurt

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jennifer r nees 2012Express Entry is making waves. I get questions about it from clients and the general public nearly every day. While we know slightly more now than we did a few weeks ago, it is still largely an unknown.
Monday, 24 November 2014 08:00

Video: Making Rain - Return on your investment

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_2014_November_MakingRain57.jpgIn this month’s Making Rain, executive coach Debra Forman advises that the more proactive you are, the more control you will have of the outcomes, and the more profits you will earn.
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_2014_November_Akbarali_Hnatiw.jpgLike a watermelon dropped from a balcony, discussions of sexual violence against women have broken open in dramatic fashion since the allegations against Jian Ghomeshi became public. 
Monday, 10 November 2014 10:04

Assessing your firm’s technology needs

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As the year starts to draw to a close and planning is underway for 2015, I thought it would be fitting to look at some elements of strategic planning for law office management.benhanuka1
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