Monday, 14 November 2016 10:40

Vancouver City Report

Vancouver City ReportLaw firms are being hit with a flood of legal work as Asian investment continues to grow
Published in City Reports
Monday, 31 October 2016 09:01

Nimble and focused

Nimble and focusedIn-house counsel are constantly challenged to find the right legal providers for the problem at hand, and at the same time the solution also has to fit the always-under-pressure budget.
Published in Issue Archive
How juniors can get more advocacy opportunities“The vanishing trial” is the catchphrase used to describe the reality of civil litigation: Trials and other advocacy opportunities are fewer and farther between. Lawyers, especially junior lawyers, do not get the same advocacy opportunities that once were commonplace. Even worse is that when those opportunities do come along, clients often want the senior, experienced counsel to argue. What is a junior lawyer to do? Refusing to accept the fate of lawyers of my vintage, I have uncovered ways in which the junior lawyer can get on her feet. Here are my top seven tips: 
Published in Web exclusive content
Darwin’s paradise: Welcome to Season 74 of Survivor: Lawyers in the Wilderness“Paddle, paddle, paddle! Harder, harder, harder!”
Published in Web exclusive content
Monday, 04 July 2016 09:00

Remaking the law firm ecosystem

Remaking the law firm ecosystemAs much as talk in legal and broader commerce overall these days centres on David v. Goliath or even the clash of the titans (think BigLaw), there’s a very faulty set of assumptions around this type of thinking. Taking the view that it’s us versus them unduly limits the possibilities not just for better delivery of current services but also creation of new forms of value in the best interests of the ultimate client. An ecosystem approach with some level of co-ordination among many contributors provides the best and most interesting outcomes. It’s also a key driver of innovation.
Published in Features
Never before has a single law firm done so much to crystalize global debate around offshore banking. Not only has Mossack Fonseca — the Panamanian law firm that will be forever linked to the Panama Papers — managed to focus world attention on tax havens but, at the same time, it has become the poster child for cybersecurity breaches in the legal business, not something you want to achieve.
Published in Commentary
The Intern is dead, long live The Intern!“Double espresso to go, please!”
Published in Web exclusive content
Calgary: Resilience of oil town lawyers put to test“It’s hold on to your hat,” says Joe Lougheed. “Don’t get bucked off and look to the future.” That is his straight-from-the-hip assessment about business, and specifically the law business, in Calgary these days.
Lougheed is a partner with Dentons LLP and a member of one of the oldest and most storied families in Alberta.
Published in City Reports
Monday, 07 March 2016 09:00

Laser focus

Laser focus“What we’re seeing, in Quebec anyway, is an overall increase in the volume of legal work that needs to be done. I think the issue is how much is being done in-house and how much is being done outside,” says Don McCarty, the managing partner of Lavery de Billy LLP, the top vote-getter in this year’s Canadian Lawyer top Quebec regional law firms survey. “When work is referred to private practice, it is often work that’s complicated, more specialized, or more bet-the-bank. Law firms are being used for more complex issues, more complex transactions, and more complex litigation.”
Monday, 22 February 2016 09:00

Case assessments: do them early and often

Case assessments: do them early and oftenThe great Yogi Berra once said, “If you don’t know where you are going you’ll end up someplace else.”
Published in Web exclusive content
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