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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.
More women on boards helps companies value and engage CSRI recently wrote about how women on boards is better for financial returns, laying out a foundation for those who may be less familiar with the terminology around diversity and inclusion and providing a strong "business case" for gender equality among decision-makers based on the most recent research. Undoubtedly, gender equality is integral to both qualitative and quantitative organizational growth.
The international child abduction case I worked on exhausted me, but it was worth itShe’d been taken away from her father and brother five years ago. Her mother had abducted her from Taiwan at the age of 3 in breach of multiple court orders. I was his last hope to get her back. I was his family lawyer.
Fintech in Canada: Will the disruptors be disrupted?Over the last few years, the media has been full of daily references to industries being disrupted. The poster child for disruption is Uber, which disrupted municipal taxi markets with an “enter first and ask for permission later” philosophy. Airbnb similarly disrupted hotel markets by upending local zoning bylaws and regulations. In both cases, regulators were caught looking like Wile E. Coyote chasing the Road Runner unsuccessfully in the old Looney Tunes cartoons.
Monday, 27 February 2017 09:00

Cross-selling: the Unicorn of the practice of law

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Cross-selling: the Unicorn of the practice of lawHave you ever wondered why so many lawyers refer matters to lawyers outside of their firms when there are lawyers inside their firms who have the experience and expertise to handle them? Making it all the more puzzling is the fact that it would often be to that lawyer’s financial advantage to refer the matter internally instead of externally.
‘Secret’ tools and traps to keep in mind in settlement negotiationsAs a civil litigator now practising as a settlement counsel and mediator in Ontario, I discovered certain legal tools that are useful for promoting early dispute resolution. However, ignorance of these provisions may prove hazardous and turn the tools into traps. As these provisions are not well known, I think of them as “secret.” I am revealing just three to you, but there are many others.
Thank you, President Trump: the best thing that's happened to the Rule of Law, journalism and humour since WatergateA few of my columns in 2016 dealt with the candidacy of United States President Donald Trump. I predicted on Oct. 24, 2016 in a column called "Thankfully, Biff Tannen will not be president" that there was no way he would be elected. Two weeks later, I had to eat my words in a column called "I was Trumped."
Conservatives use fear-based politicking to undermine our justice systemThis month Manitoba’s Criminal Review Board granted Will Baker an absolute discharge – and then the theatrical outrage hit the political fan, because Baker is better known as Vince Li, the man responsible for a gruesome and widely publicised 2008 killing on a Greyhound bus.
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