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Monday, 04 May 2015 08:01

What's next?

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_2015_May_CL_May_2015_cover.jpgLaw firms are broken.

For the profession’s long-term survival, the structure of the traditional partnership — and the traditional partner and law firm management mindset that goes along with that — need to be unpended. Call it NewLaw, call it LeanLaw, call it anything but the same old, same old.
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_Kristal-Bayes.jpgOne is the loneliest number — particularly when you are sitting at your desk, eyes glazed over, reviewing a new assignment you are unsure how to tackle. Luckily, we’re not alone — despite how the practice of law may feel sometimes.
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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_2015_April_St.Johns.jpgLawyers who have not visited St. John’s, NL, in some time will find the view from historic Signal Hill reassuringly familiar. The multi-coloured houses, reminiscent of the painted ladies in San Francisco but distinctively East Coast, continue to dot the landscape. The salt tang from the harbour still lingers in the air, and the pubs that line Duckworth Street, as always, invite you in with infectious laughter.
Published in City Reports
Monday, 06 April 2015 08:00

Size matters for KM

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_2015_April_Tech.jpgKnowledge management at law firms is about externalizing the knowledge held in lawyers’ heads. Because we can’t remember everything and everyone, we need to tap into a centralized system or repository as extensions of our brains. Think of Google. Most of us now outsource to Google some of our thinking selves — which grapes go into a Bordeaux blend? In fact, our smartphones now act as personal knowledge management devices or memory banks — people’s phone numbers, birthdays, meeting start times, to-do lists, and even interesting articles saved for future use.
Formal KM departments attempt to do this but on a much bigger scale.
Published in Commentary
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Standard_photos_Ralph-Baxter.jpgFor some time I have been troubled by the potential conflict of interest that hours-based billing causes between the lawyer and the client. The more I focus on it, the more profound the problem appears.
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Monday, 02 March 2015 08:00

Winnipeg: holding steady

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_2015_March_file_644.jpgOn a brisk winter morning, with the temperature a mere -20 C and rising, senior litigator Dave Hill had his day and evening mapped out, including a way to beat the elements. After a full day of work, he planned to use the enclosed downtown Skywalk, to walk from his office on Main Street to the nearby MTS Centre to watch the Winnipeg Jets play that night. “I wish we had more tickets,” says Hill, as the arena for the NHL hockey team is routinely sold out.
Published in City Reports
Monday, 23 February 2015 08:00

The power of embracing change

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Standard_photos_Christopher-Pinnington.jpgSome 18 months ago, I was asked to share my thoughts with Canadian Lawyer readers on how Canadian law firms can compete successfully in a rapidly changing global legal market. At that time, our firm was embracing transformative change by combining to form Dentons, dramatically expanding our footprint, and creating a global platform to better serve our clients.
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Monday, 16 February 2015 08:00

The dreaded ‘B’ word

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_Kristal-Bayes.jpgTime has always been money in the business world. As a new lawyer, it doesn’t take long to realize precisely how true this statement is.
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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_Kristal-Bayes.jpgGreetings from Winnipeg and Happy New Year to all. I am excited to have the opportunity to share my experiences as a newly minted lawyer as I transition from an articling student to a practising lawyer. For those of you in the same shoes, I hope you’ll be able to relate to the trials and triumphs I share with you over the next 12 months.
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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-4STUDENTS_Standard_photos_Lawson-PeterRoundtree.jpgIt’s amazing how quickly three years goes by. Now that I’m a little more than halfway through my articles, I wanted to take time to reflect on my time at law school. I humbly offer up these four tidbits of advice.
Published in Latest News
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