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Monday, 30 June 2014 08:00

Video: Making Rain - Be a white box firm

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_2014_June_MakingRain52.jpgIn the June episode of Making Rain, executive coach Debra Forman asks: Does your firm have a black box or white box management persona? 
Monday, 23 June 2014 13:27

A reassessment of risk in class proceedings

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_kirkbaertnew2013.jpgThe Class Proceedings Act,1992 was intended to promote access to justice. To do so, it incentivizes lawyers to undertake class actions with contingency fee agreements and the availability of premium fee awards. However, if class counsel are not adequately and consistently provided an amount that fairly compensates them for the seriousness of the risks undertaken over the course of many years, the purpose of the legislation as set out by the framers of the act will not be achieved.
Monday, 23 June 2014 08:00

Managing your legal education

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As lawyers, it is our legal knowledge that provides value for our clients. In law school we were provided with specific learning goals from our professors and the law school curriculum, however, as practising lawyers we are responsible for our own learning, and at the end of the day we are responsible for managing our knowledge growth.
Monday, 23 June 2014 08:00

What have the Romans ever done for us?

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_tonywilson.jpgOne of my favorite scenes in Monty Python’s Life of Brian begins with the question posed by the leader of a group of militants intent on ending Roman rule in Judea (played by John Cleese): “What have the Romans ever done for us?” he yells.
Monday, 16 June 2014 08:00

A new perspective

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_Twila-E-Reid.jpg“A little perspective, like a little humour, goes a long way.” – Allen Klein
Monday, 16 June 2014 08:00

CASL: still muddy waters

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_Lisa-Lifshitz.jpgOn June 6, I received an e-mail from Industry Canada inviting me to become “better informed” about Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation through one of several information sessions hosted by the Canadian government “across the country” during the past six months. Having duly signed up to receive “Fighting Spam” updates, I was directed to watch a video, one month after it had been posted to YouTube, that promised to provided “detailed information on enforcement, regulations and guidance related to CASL.”
Monday, 16 June 2014 07:11

Law firm management by the numbers

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_Stephen-Mabey-2013.jpgOn May 8, the Managing Partner Forum 2014 Leadership Conference was held in Atlanta, Ga. The conference was hosted by John Remsen Jr., president and CEO of The Managing Partner Forum.
Karen MacKay of Phoenix Legal and I were fortunate enough to be part of the faculty. Approximately 85 participants from more than 75 law firms (one Canadian firm attended) participated in the day-long session that began with an address by Timothy Corcoran, president of Legal Marketing Association and Principal of Corcoran Consulting Group. While Corcoran’s presentation was well done, the three memorable quotes for me were:
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_margaret-waddell.jpgThe Alberta Court of Appeal released a surprising decision in Andriuk v. Merrill Lynch Canada Inc., in which it has imported the obligation of establishing evidence of class-wide loss from the specialized field of price-fixing actions to a claim grounded in breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty causing a depreciation in share price.
Monday, 09 June 2014 08:00

Cloud storage and the alternative reality

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_benhanuka1.jpgAs legal professionals, we must keep our clients’ information confidential. At the same time, cloud storage of client files is starting to become popular. The benefits of cloud services are significant; not only for the end user, but also from a security perspective.
Monday, 09 June 2014 08:00

RFP pitching tips — times have changed

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_Simone_Hughes-1.jpgWondering what I should write my next column about that would directly and quickly help you win more quality business, I was struck the other day by the increased volume of requests for proposals our firm has been participating in (and mostly winning).
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