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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_margaret-waddell.jpgThe Ontario Court of Appeal’s 2012 trilogy of overtime class action decisions Fresco v. CIBC, Fulawka v. Bank of Nova Scotia, and McCracken v. v. Canadian National Railway Co. confirmed the viability a relatively new form of class action previously unexplored and highly uncertain in Ontario.
Monday, 14 April 2014 08:00

Why e-mail will not be important in the future

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_benhanuka1.jpgE-mail will gradually diminish as a primary online communication tool in the coming decade.
Monday, 14 April 2014 08:00

Analysis paralysis is lethal for your career

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_Simone_Hughes-1.jpgIt is true that even a mediocre plan, well executed, can have more impact than a brilliant plan poorly implemented.
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_2014_March_Screen-shot-2014-03-31-at-1.jpgIn the January 2014 edition of Canadian Lawyer, Dera J. Nevin devoted her Tech Support column to a discussion of Sedona Canada, entitled “Filling a gap: What is the Sedona Conference Working Group 7, and why does it matter?” Ms. Nevin, who is a member of the Sedona Conference Working Group Series, describes the mission of Working Group 7 (known as Sedona Canada) and its open membership policy. She also identifies Sedona Canada’s landmark achievements in the area of electronic discovery and disclosure in civil litigation, including the publication of The Sedona Canada Principles in 2008 and their subsequent adoption by reference into the Ontario Rules of Civil Procedure, as well as the publication for public comment of several commentaries on related topics.
Monday, 31 March 2014 08:00

Video: Making Rain - Supersize your efforts

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_2014_March_MakingRain49small.jpgIn this month’s episode, executive coach Debra Forman encourages you to supersize all of your business development and practice management efforts by taking your current efforts to new levels.
Monday, 24 March 2014 09:15

Wal-Mart coming to Canada. Sorry, no.

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_kirkbaertnew2013.jpgIn Wal-Mart Stores Inc. v. Dukes, the Supreme Court of the United States held that in order for class certification to be granted, judges must undertake a “rigorous analysis.” Of course, judicial analysis should be rigorous so we know the court must have meant something else. It turns out it did.
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_2014_March_Raffi-Bettman-2014.jpgThe fastest game on ice is experiencing a scorching volume of discipline cases handled by the Department of Player Safety. Yet, the decision-making process behind a suspension (known as a “Shanaban”) remains foggy like a Zamboni’s emissions.
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).
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