Here’s to using decision trees in the new yearIf your New Year’s resolution is to work smarter, more efficiently, and achieve more, boy do I have an interesting concept to share with you. While I can’t help with the diet or workout resolutions you committed to while sipping sparkling wine right after the New Year’s Eve countdown, I may perhaps convince you to start thinking about using “decision trees” in your practice. It is an old idea, but, I suspect, a greatly underutilized one.
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Monday, 04 November 2013 08:00

In-house embrace benchmarking

Benchmarking is part of the evolving world of in-house.
Benchmarking is part of the evolving world of in-house.
There’s no debate in-house counsel add value to their organizations but these days some are choosing to demonstrate that value in carefully crafted graphs and spreadsheets benchmarking their accomplishments to show the c-suite.
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Monday, 03 October 2011 09:00

Prairie gold

Photo: Just a Prairie Boy
Photo: Just a Prairie Boy
It’s not easy being a full-service regional firm in Saskatchewan and Manitoba these days. When not turning clients away because you’re just too busy, you’ve got to field calls from national firms looking to link up and establish a presence in some of Canada’s most lively economic zones. And the firms featured in Canadian Lawyer’s list of top 10 Prairie law firms are sure to be on the top of anyone’s list of targets, whether for legal services or a law firm merger. So you can just imagine how swamped they are.
Sunday, 03 October 2010 20:00

In the limelight

Economic growth and development have led to an optimistic outlook among Atlantic Canada’s top 10 full-service law firms. Increased investment and development in the region mean more opportunities for all firms on this year’s list — large and small, say managing partners. The firms made this year’s list through Canadian Lawyer’s annual survey based on the votes of lawyers across Canada. To qualify, these firms needed to offer a wide range of legal services and have offices only in Atlantic Canada — New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island.
Sunday, 01 August 2010 06:59

Back in business

Back in businessIn the spring, General Motors of Canada Ltd. unveiled plans to invest $480 million for the next few years in its St. Catharines, Ont., production facility. It was a move that may have seemed improbable just a short time ago. After all, the company had teetered on the brink of a Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act filing a year earlier, while its U.S. parent was forced to enter Chapter 11 bankruptcy. If not for political will — and the hard work of massive teams of lawyers in an unprecedented restructuring process — those plans might not have gone ahead. But they did, securing an estimated 800 jobs.

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Tuesday, 01 June 2010 20:00

Turbulent times

Turbulent timesRob Donald was in private practice as a corporate litigator and partner in a Montreal law firm when he was hired by a British company in 1992 to help it retrieve a big Boeing jet it had leased to a Canadian firm in a deal gone south. “It was the first time I’d ever dealt with aviation law,” he recalls. “But the complexity of the case was extraordinary — trying to seize an aircraft that was flying around the world. It really hooked me.”

Published in Issue Archive
Monday, 01 February 2010 08:26

Tapping the social media keg

Tapping the social media kegTyping the word Molson into a Facebook search reveals more than just the official page of the Canadian brewing giant.

Published in InHouse Cover Story
Monday, 11 January 2010 07:20

Should you incorporate your legal practice?

In 2001, many provincial governments changed their incorporation laws to include professionals. Since then, lawyers have been eligible to incorporate their legal practices in Ontario.


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Friday, 01 January 2010 07:00

Rising from the ashes

Rising from the ashesHhgregg Appliances Inc. recently signed a lease to take over a massive building to house its new central distribution centre in Brandywine, Md. The news might not be all that surprising for the specialty electronics outfit that has opened nine new stores in the past two months, despite all the economic soothsayers warning of slower consumer spending from now until forever. What is interesting is the 393,440-square-foot building once housed a Circuit City distribution centre. 


Published in InHouse Cover Story
Saturday, 01 August 2009 07:19

Industry spotlight: out of the service area

The telecommunications industry in Canada is big business. And for wireless and wireline companies, it is exclusively Canadian.


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