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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.
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_tonywilson.jpgLast year, my assistant of six years came into my office and said: “My husband and I are moving to Edmonton.” Even though they lived in a condo in suburban New Westminster (coincidentally, the “burb” where I live), and the commute is only 30 minutes on the Skytrain, she and her husband wanted a house with a yard.
Monday, 24 February 2014 08:00

Court of Appeal rights its own wrong

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_kirkbaertnew2013.jpgIn a stunning reversal, a five-judge panel of the Ontario Court of Appeal reversed its decision in Sharma v. Timminco Ltd. where it just recently held that the three-year limitation period for bringing a statutory claim for misrepresentation in respect of shares trading in the secondary market could not be suspended until a court had granted leave to commence the claim.
Many of us use an eclectic combination of technology in our legal practice. For instance, I use a Windows 7 PC, an iPhone 5, a Kindle, and an iPad. Each serves a particular role.
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_john-packer.jpgI must admit I’m looking forward to the finals of the men’s ice hockey tournament at the Sochi Olympics. Canada versus Russia would be perfect — with a whiff of nostalgia from 1972 and the Summit Series. Who can forget the thrill of Paul Henderson’s goal for Team Canada that Moscow night with just 34 seconds left to play in game eight of that groundbreaking series?
Monday, 17 February 2014 08:00

The lawyer ‘bulle’

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Standard_photos_Danielle-Olofsson2013.jpgBy the time this article is published much will have been written about the demise of Heenan Blaikie LLP. Many verbal autopsies are also being conducted citing causes ranging from inflated student/first year salaries and billing rates, to unrealistically aggressive pricing, to partners without substantial books of business, to retired public figures with salaries that do not reflect the level of their contribution to the firm, to infighting, and the list goes on.
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_Lisa-Lifshitz.jpgIt has been a difficult year so far for Canadian civil libertarians as U.S. whistle-blower Edward Snowden’s massive exposure of the National Security Agency’s metadata collection has spilled into Canada.
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_Stephen-Mabey-2013.jpgLast November I was fortunate enough to share a panel at a Legal Marketing Association luncheon with a couple of colleagues who are truly knowledgeable in their field. During the free-flowing discussion I made a couple of comments I didn’t have time to expand upon then but will over the next couple of columns.
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