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Monday, 16 June 2014 07:11

Law firm management by the numbers

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_Stephen-Mabey-2013.jpgOn May 8, the Managing Partner Forum 2014 Leadership Conference was held in Atlanta, Ga. The conference was hosted by John Remsen Jr., president and CEO of The Managing Partner Forum.
Karen MacKay of Phoenix Legal and I were fortunate enough to be part of the faculty. Approximately 85 participants from more than 75 law firms (one Canadian firm attended) participated in the day-long session that began with an address by Timothy Corcoran, president of Legal Marketing Association and Principal of Corcoran Consulting Group. While Corcoran’s presentation was well done, the three memorable quotes for me were:
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_margaret-waddell.jpgThe Alberta Court of Appeal released a surprising decision in Andriuk v. Merrill Lynch Canada Inc., in which it has imported the obligation of establishing evidence of class-wide loss from the specialized field of price-fixing actions to a claim grounded in breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty causing a depreciation in share price.
Monday, 09 June 2014 08:00

RFP pitching tips — times have changed

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_Simone_Hughes-1.jpgWondering what I should write my next column about that would directly and quickly help you win more quality business, I was struck the other day by the increased volume of requests for proposals our firm has been participating in (and mostly winning).
Monday, 09 June 2014 08:00

Cloud storage and the alternative reality

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_benhanuka1.jpgAs legal professionals, we must keep our clients’ information confidential. At the same time, cloud storage of client files is starting to become popular. The benefits of cloud services are significant; not only for the end user, but also from a security perspective.
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_jennifer_r_nees_2012.jpgEvery year, members of the immigration bar gather together to discuss emerging issues and rising trends in the practice of immigration at the Canadian Bar Association’s annual immigration conference. This year, the conference was held in Calgary. Immigration practitioners from across Canada (and around the globe!) met to learn and discuss some of the very real issues facing our rapidly changing industry.
Monday, 26 May 2014 10:14

Video: Making Rain - What’s it to me?

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_2014_May_Making_Rain_51.jpgIn this month’s Making Rain, executive coach Debra Forman tackles the complicated issue of putting the breaks on reacting and, at times, overreacting inappropriately to outcomes that mostly don't pertain to you.
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Standard_photos_King-Denomee.jpgAccess to startup funding and growth capital is essential to developing Canadian businesses and promoting entrepreneurialism, but small and medium-sized enterprises in Canada face legal and practical challenges raising capital at early stages of their business cycle.
Monday, 26 May 2014 08:00

Court wrestling with cy-près principles

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_kirkbaertnew2013.jpgLast month, Ontario Superior Court Justice Paul Perell varied class counsel’s recommendation to distribute a cy-près award in its entirety to the Access to Justice Fund operated by the Law Foundation of Ontario. Instead, as a result of a University of Ottawa faculty member’s request to the court, 20 per cent of this award was donated to the Telfer School of Management at the University of Ottawa.
Monday, 19 May 2014 08:00

A quid pro quo I can get behind

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_LIndsay-Scott14.jpgMy firm Paliare Roland Rosenberg Rothstein LLP and the commercial litigation practice group of The Advocates’ Society recently hosted a fantastic women’s networking event featuring a presentation by Ritu Bhasin. I had heard about Bhasin (@Ritu_Bhasin) and her terrific seminars several times before. I’ll pass on the same advice given to me: if you ever get a chance to see her, go! She’s a wonderful speaker, full of wisdom to pass on to lawyers, particularly women.
Monday, 19 May 2014 08:00

A new age of online consent

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_Lisa-Lifshitz.jpgOn May 8, the federal, British Columbia, and Alberta privacy commissioners published new guidelines to remind organizations that under Canadian private-sector privacy laws, organizations are required to obtain meaningful consent for the collection, use, and disclosure of personal information.
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