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Video: Practice Made Perfect: How to drive revenueIn this episode of Practice Made Perfect, Jane Southren talks about a few ways lawyers can drive revenue to their business.
Learning from mistakes — a new way to InnovateI’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.
Monday, 27 March 2017 09:00

Reforming CASL: Time to lighten up

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Reforming CASL: Time to lighten upImagine a new law 10 years in the making — the result of a government-established task force and action plan to tackle a serious economic problem. 
Beyond evidence: How great lawyers leverage intuitionLawyers regularly navigate complex situations that require thoughtful and strategic decision-making. While knowledge, experience and research are essential to this process, an important and often overlooked tool is inner knowing, or intuition.
Liberals pick only low-hanging justice fruit with Bill C-39This month, the Liberal government took swift and decisive action against zombie laws found lurking in Canada’s Criminal Code. Except their actions were not swift, decisive or principled but instead a half-hearted grab at only the lowest hanging justice fruit.
Monday, 20 March 2017 09:00

How to keep sexual assault cases on track

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How to keep sexual assault cases on trackCanada’s substantive and procedural sexual assault laws are pretty strong on the books. Consent must be affirmative, contemporaneous and continuous. Mistaken belief in consent must have an air of reality. Sexual history is presumptively inadmissible. Personal records are rarely relevant. Yet only one in 10 sexually assaulted women makes a report to the police and only one out of 10 of these complaints will result in a conviction.
Monday, 13 March 2017 09:00

Smart toys: smart or just creepy?

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Smart toys: smart or just creepy?It’s been a bad few weeks for Internet-enabled “smart” children’s toys.
Is it déjà vu or a brand new day? Revisiting Oudin, Greeting WoodThe author revisits an enigmatic Ontario employment law decision and asks his colleagues if anything has really changed in light of the recent Court of Appeal decision in Wood.
Monday, 13 March 2017 09:00

Make generating business a habit

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Make generating business a habitWith legal resources and services now available to anybody with an Internet connection, people are no longer compelled to hire a lawyer for their legal problems. While the market is increasingly competitive, many lawyers have never actually been trained on how to effectively and efficiently generate business.
Transitioning to lead counsel: How junior lawyers can make the leapThe first few years of legal practice are tough. But once you’ve got a handle on the job, the next step is to transition to more senior roles. This transition can be summarized in two key steps: 1) Build hard skills; and 2) Earn your employer and/or client’s trust to take on lead counsel roles.
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