Monday, 04 April 2016 09:00

The great divide

In the July 2011 issue of Canadian Lawyer, we wrote about “hot tubbing” — the term was coined in Australia to describe the procedure of organizing all experts in a case into a panel and hearing their evidence concurrently. As the story reported, judges and many experts liked the idea of it but the jury was still out with the lawyers.
Published in Commentary
Monday, 23 March 2015 08:00

The Red Rocket’s litigator-in-chief

The Red Rocket’s litigator-in-chiefWhen you suggest to Brian Leck, the general counsel of  the Toronto Transit Commission, that he’s running the ultimate personal injury practice, he readily agrees. “Oh, I think so,” he says. “We are a target. Toronto is becoming more and more litigious.”  
Published in Issue Archive
Monday, 02 February 2015 08:00

Data fit for the courtroom?

Illustration: Matthew Billington
Illustration: Matthew Billington
The next time you post the stats of your morning run to Facebook via RunKeeper or enter some health data to your iPhone, think about this: what if down the road someone sought to use it against you?
Published in Features
The Hunt, directed by Thomas Vinterberg, released 2012
The Hunt, directed by Thomas Vinterberg, released 2012
A curious anomaly in our justice system; the offence with the most severe penalty under law is not the crime toward which most people feel the most personal revulsion.
Published in Web exclusive content
Monday, 26 August 2013 09:04

The pros & cons of practising...

Practising personal injury law, in the B.C. Interior, IT law, in Halifax
Published in Issue Archive
Monday, 01 April 2013 11:15

Hot competition - part 1

Hot competition - part 1Long before they get to court, personal injury boutiques face a foe every bit as tough as the stingiest of insurers: each other. “It’s very competitive, and it’s going to become even more so,” says Alan Farrer, managing partner of Thomson Rogers in Toronto. His firm recently teamed up with fellow boutiques Oatley Vigmond Personal Injury Lawyers LLP and McLeish Orlando LLP to form the Personal Injury Alliance.
Published in Boutique Firm Rankings
Monday, 12 November 2012 08:01

The battle for the personal injury dollar

Photo: John Hryniuk
Photo: John Hryniuk
Prominently displayed on the web site of a legal marketing initiative called the Personal Injury Alliance are links to three one-minute long commercials featuring people who have suffered catastrophic injuries as a result of accidents. Accompanied by soft music playing in the background and showing the individuals now leading active lives despite their injuries, the video clips also include praise for their unnamed lawyers. They end simply with the person stating his or her name. Glossy, with good production values, and attempting to be inspirational, the videos are stylistically more like the athlete profiles that run continuously during Olympic Games than what they actually are: Commercials for a group of the best-known personal injury law firms in Ontario.
Lawyer Daniel Sorensen says you need to be extremely cautious about what you post on Facebook.
Lawyer Daniel Sorensen says you need to be extremely cautious about what you post on Facebook.
You might want to think twice before posting that photo of you skiing on Whistler Mountain — you never know where it could end up.
Published in Latest News
Monday, 29 August 2011 09:00

The pros and cons of . . .

Practising in Calgary, practising personal injury law, practising in Trois-Rivières, practising litigation.
Published in Issue Archive
Friday, 01 April 2011 11:42

A cut above, pt. I

It’s safe to say most budding lawyers these days have a similar outlook on the career that lies ahead of them. They will land an associate position at a large firm, and hopefully contribute to the bottom line well enough to one day join the partnership. It’s an enviable plan that has produced some of the country’s top lawyers. But it’s not for everyone, and especially not those who lead the firms listed in the latest round of Canadian Lawyer’s top boutiques.
Published in Boutique Firm Rankings
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