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The international child abduction case I worked on exhausted me, but it was worth itShe’d been taken away from her father and brother five years ago. Her mother had abducted her from Taiwan at the age of 3 in breach of multiple court orders. I was his last hope to get her back. I was his family lawyer.
Fintech in Canada: Will the disruptors be disrupted?Over the last few years, the media has been full of daily references to industries being disrupted. The poster child for disruption is Uber, which disrupted municipal taxi markets with an “enter first and ask for permission later” philosophy. Airbnb similarly disrupted hotel markets by upending local zoning bylaws and regulations. In both cases, regulators were caught looking like Wile E. Coyote chasing the Road Runner unsuccessfully in the old Looney Tunes cartoons.
Monday, 27 February 2017 09:00

Cross-selling: the Unicorn of the practice of law

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Cross-selling: the Unicorn of the practice of lawHave you ever wondered why so many lawyers refer matters to lawyers outside of their firms when there are lawyers inside their firms who have the experience and expertise to handle them? Making it all the more puzzling is the fact that it would often be to that lawyer’s financial advantage to refer the matter internally instead of externally.
‘Secret’ tools and traps to keep in mind in settlement negotiationsAs a civil litigator now practising as a settlement counsel and mediator in Ontario, I discovered certain legal tools that are useful for promoting early dispute resolution. However, ignorance of these provisions may prove hazardous and turn the tools into traps. As these provisions are not well known, I think of them as “secret.” I am revealing just three to you, but there are many others.
Thank you, President Trump: the best thing that's happened to the Rule of Law, journalism and humour since WatergateA few of my columns in 2016 dealt with the candidacy of United States President Donald Trump. I predicted on Oct. 24, 2016 in a column called "Thankfully, Biff Tannen will not be president" that there was no way he would be elected. Two weeks later, I had to eat my words in a column called "I was Trumped."
Conservatives use fear-based politicking to undermine our justice systemThis month Manitoba’s Criminal Review Board granted Will Baker an absolute discharge – and then the theatrical outrage hit the political fan, because Baker is better known as Vince Li, the man responsible for a gruesome and widely publicised 2008 killing on a Greyhound bus.
 
Monday, 20 February 2017 09:00

Referrals: Give more to get more than you gave

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Referrals: Give more to get more than you gaveThe lifeblood of a sustainable law practice is referring relationships. Your work and your income are dependent on others. You might want to think that it’s a solo act, but today, it’s about giving and receiving to keep you on the positive side of realization. Without referring relationships, you are out on the very cold streets — alone.
Neuroscience provides a case for docketing business development timeI can’t tell you how much time I spend encouraging people to docket their business development time.
Monday, 13 February 2017 09:00

Bad security has bad consequences

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Bad security has bad consequencesIn the 2002 thriller Minority Report, the pre-crime unit of the Washington police force could lawfully arrest suspects for future criminal activity based on the foreknowledge of certain psychic “pre-cogs” prior to any crime actually being committed.  
How to respond to perceived racism by another lawyerAs lawyers, we are trained in dealing with conflict. But when that conflict takes the form of discrimination, we may be at a loss for words.
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