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Monday, 25 May 2015 08:00

Judges in a (St) Cloud

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_William-G-Trudell.jpgThe recent decision of the Supreme Court of Canada in R. v. St-Cloud has created a buzz in the profession.
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Standard_photos_allison_speigel.jpgMost lawyers will tell you it is impossible to bill on a flat-fee basis. They will claim “our work is too customized” or “there are far too many unknowns to ever predict cost.” Surprisingly, these same lawyers also pitch that they “are experts in their field” and “have handled many cases just like yours.”
Monday, 25 May 2015 08:00

Why tech deals fail

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_Lisa-Lifshitz.jpgThere is nothing like the feeling of satisfaction, coupled with equal parts of relief, when a technology deal finally closes. From the congratulatory e-mails to closing dinners, parties that have just concluded a technology deal are like honeymooners during the first flush of their romance, eager, hopeful, and expectant of great things.
Monday, 18 May 2015 08:00

Making time to give back

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_Kristal-Bayes.jpgIt seems that time is the most valuable and scarce resource I have at the moment. Ironically, I often spend a significant chuck of my time trying to make more of it.
Monday, 18 May 2015 08:00

Commentary on the Compact

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Standard_photos_Brahm-Siegel.jpgLast week, I outlined the Compact, a simple set of standard procedures I propose be used in all cases involving marriage contracts and cohabitation agreements. They are nothing more than seven steps to be followed by lawyers retained on these sorts of files.
Monday, 18 May 2015 08:00

Join a cause

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_Simone_Hughes-1.jpgBusiness development starts with forging relationships whether casual or long-lasting. Some of the greatest relationships you will ever make are working for a cause close to your heart. You will find that it will lead to some of your best win-win future business relationships.
Monday, 18 May 2015 08:00

Amicable endings

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_Twila-E-Reid.jpgOne of the many benefits of practising labour and employment law in St. John’s, at least since oil started flowing, is getting to know businesses from all over the world. I have found American companies surprised with the extent of Canadian human rights laws, and I have been surprised with Norwegian companies’ seemingly innate sense of fairness towards their workers.
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.
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.
Monday, 11 May 2015 08:00

Advanced Adobe Acrobat features

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_BH-Shirt-and-Jacket.jpgIn last month’s column, I provided a brief overview of the new Adobe Acrobat DC, the newest version of the popular program. In this article, I will address some of the features I often use in my daily practice and how they work.
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