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Monday, 30 April 2012 09:26

Thinking of starting your own firm?

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Standard_photos_lisa_ridgedale.jpgThis time last year, I was practising in the Vancouver office of a large national law firm and contemplating the future of my legal career. I was being offered a partnership and was enjoying my job, but working with so many clients who ran successful businesses stirred my entrepreneurial spirit, and I was drawn to wanting to build something of my own.
Monday, 30 April 2012 08:35

Periodic table of litigation revealed

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periodic table of litigation - click for full sizeThe recent discovery of a periodic table of litigation is expected to bring structure and organization to the confused world of Canadian civil litigation. Litigators across the country are welcoming this development.
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_tonywilson.jpgWell, it’s officially spring here in la la land. And for the last six weeks, I’ve made a point of getting up early every Saturday and Sunday to use my cheap-as-borscht Y2Play Pass to ski on Grouse Mountain until noon; catching enough runs before the snow gets slushy in the warm spring sun. It’s not Whistler, but it is only 25 minutes from my house.
Monday, 23 April 2012 09:24

Twenty years of the Class Proceedings Act

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_kirk_baert.jpgThe Class Proceedings Act is no longer a teenager. It turns 20 in early 2013. As a 20 year old, we can now expect more of it than we did when it was a teenager. Teenagers are less predictable. They are usually still growing. Those in their 20s are a little more reliable though. But they still have growing pains.
Monday, 23 April 2012 09:20

Making the big leap west

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Standard_photos_mark_young.jpgCassels Brock & Blackwell LLP was founded in October 1888 and for the entirety of its nearly 124 years has operated comfortably (and I’m pleased to say profitably) from offices in Toronto. Never occupying space located more than one kilometre from the corner of King and Bay streets, our firm serves a client base that continues to grow in its geographic scope such that there are very few corners of the world that are not home to a Cassels Brock client. Earlier this year, we announced the decision to open an office approximately 3,300 km away from that corner in Vancouver, B.C. How, and why, did we decide to take this giant leap?
Monday, 16 April 2012 10:23

Spam by any other name is still spam

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_sarah-dale-harris.jpgI attended a great seminar this week and one of the topics of discussion was Canada’s anti-spam legislation — otherwise known as CASL because it is apparently a statute without a name. This is interesting to me since the statute is controversial, could be unconstitutional, and quite possibly the most comprehensive (read: onerous) legislation of its kind in the world. It deserves an equally cumbersome title, don’t you think? Perhaps it should be called the “we really wanted to try and put an end to bulk junk mail and don’t know how” statute. It’s so easy to be an armchair critic, isn’t it?
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Standard_photos_jennifer_koshan.jpgSeveral human rights issues have been raised in the Alberta election campaign to date. Perhaps most significantly, the Wildrose party’s platform on Justice, Policing and Human Rights proposes major changes to the Alberta Human Rights Act, changes that are both substantive and procedural in nature. I will set out those proposed changes in this post, and raise some related concerns.
Monday, 16 April 2012 09:45

iPad apps for lawyers: part II

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In my previous column, I highlighted a number of iPad apps that I thought would be of value to the legal profession. Here is the second round.
Monday, 16 April 2012 09:22

Money on my mind

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_lindsay_scott.jpgFirst of all, let me thank those of you who have been in touch with me. I appreciate the feedback, so keep it coming!
Monday, 16 April 2012 09:16

Time for a new approach to decision-making

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_stephen-mabey.jpgThe words of John Rollwagen, the former CEO of Cray Research Inc., ring even truer today for the legal industry: “I believe very strongly that many times there is no right decision but to get on with it. I don’t care what you do. The important thing is to move ahead. Let’s just do it, because you’re not going to be right or wrong. It’s just one route and you can fix it after you start. But if you never start, you can never get there. That’s for damn sure.”
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