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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.
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NewLaw New Rules — A conversation about the future of the legal services industry by George Beaton, Beaton Capital, 2013, pp. 210.
NewLaw New Rules — A conversation about the future of the legal services industry by George Beaton, Beaton Capital, 2013, pp. 210.
NewLaw, New Rules — A conversation about the future of the legal services industry
, by its very nature, shows how much the practice of law has changed. It is dubbed “a conversation about the future of the legal services industry,” and while Australian consultant George Beaton is billed as the author, it’s really a collaboration between dozens of lawyers, professors, and analysts from around the English-speaking world (including several Canadians, most notably Jordan Furlong).
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Monday, 10 March 2014 08:00

No plan – no future

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.
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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_Standard_photos_renato-pontello.jpgNon-disclosure agreements typically provide that the recipient will use the same steps to protect the discloser’s confidential information as the recipient uses to protect its own confidential information of a like nature, and in any event no less than a “reasonable standard of care.”
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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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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_Simone_Hughes-1.jpgIn my January column, I outlined that tackling any marketing, public relations, or business development challenge started with a good approach that involves research, planning, implementation, measurement, evalution — and doing it better the next time.
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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_2014_February_wagging.jpgOur clients, just like clients of any other good or service, are purchasing results not processes, and to this Toby Brown in his July 7, 2013, posting to the 3 Geeks and a Law Blog, attributes some of the difficulty with pricing legal services. They want a dispute resolved or a sale of shares completed. They are not interested in paying for X number of depositions or X number of correspondences to opposing counsel.
Published in Departments
Monday, 03 February 2014 08:00

Time to embrace those disruptions

It was the best of times, and it was the worst of times. 2013 was most definitely one of the weirdest times, for law firms in Canada anyway. While I’m not drawing from any formal studies or reports, conversations with law firm leaders over the past couple of months yielded a wide variety of responses to the question, “How was your year?” The answers ranged from “our best year ever” to, as you can imagine, the exact opposite. And it’s not just Big Law showing that wide range of experience but boutiques and mid-sized firms as well. It’s across practice areas and geographic locations. All that is to say, I think law firm management is obviously starting to play a much greater role in ongoing success than it ever has before.
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Monday, 27 January 2014 08:01

Positioned for Growth

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_2014_February_ih_feb_14.jpgIt’s easy to understand why the average Canadian might get discouraged thinking about the state of the economy if one relied entirely on the business pages of the country’s news outlets.  But if you take some time, as we did in late December, to listen to general counsel at some of the country’s most dynamic organizations you might soon feel a renewed sense of optimism about where things are headed. Growth may have slowed but the projects these lawyers are working on with the business units of their companies is exciting and bodes well for Canada and its prospects in a global economy.
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Monday, 27 January 2014 08:00

How tablets found a home in-house

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_2014_January_LawDepartment-shutterstock_.jpgb_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_2014_February_LawDepartment-shutterstock_.jpgLately, when Todd Croll goes to a board meeting, he’s walking with a little lightness in his step. Not necessarily because he loves board meetings — does anybody, even a CEO, love board meetings? — but because he’s no longer carrying around a heavy board book to the conference room. Instead, all the information is available on an iPad.
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