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Monday, 24 March 2014 08:00

Let’s have lunch

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_jennifer_r_nees_2012.jpgFor all lawyers, client relationship building is an enormous part of what we do. Building trust, creating solutions, and proving yourself as a partner to the client is critical to success. It’s also increasingly difficult in an age where face time is limited and most of our communication is conducted via e-mail.
Monday, 17 March 2014 08:00

The IT Girl: Check your own house

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_Lisa-Lifshitz.jpgAs we all know, technology (including software, infrastructure, data backup and restore, etc.) is increasingly being made available as a “service” on a trans-border/global “cloud” basis. For some interested buyers, this model raises the spectre of a host of concerns regarding the location of customers’ data, the preservation of data, confidentiality/security, the secondary use of data by vendors, and the actual location of vendors’ networks and systems.
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_Stephen-Mabey-2013.jpgThis month’s column addresses the third “P” that today’s law firms need to tackle to ensure they are tomorrow’s law firms too. The January column addressed the need to have processes that ensure the efficient and effective delivery of legal services without which you could be out of step with clients’ needs. February’s dealt with the importance of having and sticking to a pricing strategy again without which you could be disengaging clients (unfortunately unknowingly).
NewLaw New Rules — A conversation about the future of the legal services industry by George Beaton, Beaton Capital, 2013, pp. 210.
NewLaw New Rules — A conversation about the future of the legal services industry by George Beaton, Beaton Capital, 2013, pp. 210.
NewLaw, New Rules — A conversation about the future of the legal services industry
, by its very nature, shows how much the practice of law has changed. It is dubbed “a conversation about the future of the legal services industry,” and while Australian consultant George Beaton is billed as the author, it’s really a collaboration between dozens of lawyers, professors, and analysts from around the English-speaking world (including several Canadians, most notably Jordan Furlong).
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_2014_March_Jim-Shanks-4.jpgShareholder, partnership, and joint-venture agreements invariably contain provisions that allow investors to disengage from one another if their relationship later turns sour.
There are too many competitive restraints in Toronto’s new proposals to regulate food trucks. (Photo: Jennifer Brown)
There are too many competitive restraints in Toronto’s new proposals to regulate food trucks. (Photo: Jennifer Brown)
In one of the more interesting local competition stories I’ve begun to follow, Toronto is proposing to liberalize the operation of food trucks in the city. According to a new City of Toronto staff report, rosily entitled “New Opportunities for Toronto’s Street Food Vendors,” the new food truck proposal is intended to provide “new opportunities for street food vendors across the City and more choices to the public for a diverse street food experience.”
Monday, 17 March 2014 08:00

Trial by Fire: Getting to the happy lawyer

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_lindsay_scott.jpgI just enjoyed a thoroughly wonderful Sunday brunch with five friends, all of whom happen to be lawyers called to the bar sometime between 2011 and 2013. If I haven’t said it often enough in this column, I’ll say it again: having friends and colleagues with whom you can trade war stories is invaluable.
Monday, 10 March 2014 10:00

Be gone, good old yellow pad

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_benhanuka1.jpgEven in the midst of the paperless office trend, which has been slowly spreading in the legal profession over the last decade and really took off a few years ago, and really until only a few years ago, I used to carry my lovely leather-bound Day-Timer with me whenever I left the office. It had all my to-do lists, calendar, daily notes, and my sacred yellow legal pad.
Monday, 10 March 2014 08:00

No plan – no future

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_Simone_Hughes-1.jpgTaking even one hour to think about what legal services you want to provide, to whom, and how each party will benefit will give you a higher probability of achieving the success you desire.
Monday, 24 February 2014 10:51

Video: Making Rain - Channel your inner groundhog

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_2014_February_MakingRain48.jpgIn this month’s episode of Making Rain, executive coach Debra Forman challenges you to focus your energies on specific efforts, balance expectations, follow through with appropriate execution, and earn your clients’ trust.
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