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Do clients really hate billable hours?

Written by Posted Date: December 2nd, 2013
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Standard_photos_B.Hendrickson.jpgLawyers have a love-hate relationship with the billable hour. As it turns out so do our clients.

Video: Making Rain: Flex your directive muscle

Written by Posted Date: November 25th, 2013
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_2013_November_MakingRain45.jpgIn this month's Making Rain, executive coach Debra Forman discusses how to flex your 'directive' muscle in your dealings with colleagues, clients, and your personal goals.

The future of analyzing the impact of court precedents

  • The Future Files
Written by Posted Date: November 25th, 2013
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_benhanuka1.jpgThere is a new, futuristic method to examine the relationship among Supreme Court of Canada decisions, using case citations. As counsel or research lawyers, when looking at any particular decision of interest, we need to understand the past and future context of the decision, i.e., (i) the underlying historical cases on which the decision relied, or which it distinguished, or otherwise considered, and (ii) the subsequent cases that similarly judicially considered the particular decision.

The class action arms race

  • Class Acts
Written by Posted Date: November 25th, 2013
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_kirkbaertnew2013.jpgThis fall, Ontario Superior Court Justice Edward Belobaba released five decisions certifying proceedings as class actions and, as night follows day, five decisions on costs soon followed.

Changes to experience class show Immigration still doesn’t get it

  • The Immigration Line
Written by Posted Date: November 25th, 2013
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Standard_photos_Joel-Sandaluk.jpgOn Nov. 9, Immigration Canada announced changes to its popular Canadian Experience Class. Since its creation in 2008, the CEC has been a popular program for skilled immigrants to acquire permanent residence and eventually citizenship.
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Standard_photos_Ryan-Edmonds.jpgGenerally speaking, employees cannot take and misuse confidential information when they leave a company. In the past, allegations that a former employee misused client contact information turned on characterizing the source of that information. At the risk of oversimplifying the issue, did the information come from a “Rolodex” (confidential trade connections) or from a “telephone book” (publicly available contact listings)?  

Be flexible with your career path

  • Trial by Fire
Written by Posted Date: November 11th, 2013
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Standard_photos_Debra_Newell.jpgAs an avid reader of Trial by Fire, I look forward every month to Lindsay Scott’s insights on the trials and tribulations of being a new lawyer. As a new lawyer myself, I find her witty and candid reflections to be a breath of fresh air — particularly when, some of the time, I am unable to breathe. So I share your disappointment with having a guest columnist this month, but this is some payback for Lindsay.

Armed conflict and the right to health

  • Human Rights . . . Here & There
Written by Posted Date: November 11th, 2013
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_sonyanigam.jpgWhen most of us speak of war, we think of it as a singular event. Something to be won or lost, part of history, not connected to the present unless we are “at war.” Our time horizons are so short and truncated. And yet the reality of war is that it continues to ripple through the memories of the affected lands and their peoples.

2013 Key Performance Indicators

  • Definitely Mabey
Written by Posted Date: November 11th, 2013
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_stephen-mabey.jpgThis column will deal with some of the results of the 2013 Canadian KPI Survey conducted by Law Firm KPI Inc., a for-profit company co-founded by Karen MacKay of Phoenix Legal Inc. and myself in 2010 to specifically undertake surveys of key performance indicators for law firms with up to 100 lawyers. The purpose of the survey is to provide Canadian law firms with industry information in order to benchmark their own performance against the performance of other firms of reasonably comparable size.  

Help for lawyers’ bad habits

  • Law Library
Written by Posted Date: November 11th, 2013
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_damian-j-penny.jpgA disturbing thought occurred to me while reading Coaching for Attorneys — after 15 years of practising law, I have become lazy about meeting deadlines and making it to appointments on time.
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