Transitioning to lead counsel: How junior lawyers can make the leapThe first few years of legal practice are tough. But once you’ve got a handle on the job, the next step is to transition to more senior roles. This transition can be summarized in two key steps: 1) Build hard skills; and 2) Earn your employer and/or client’s trust to take on lead counsel roles.
Published in Web exclusive content
Monday, 13 March 2017 09:00

A time of transition - Part 2

A time of transition - Part 2This article is a continuation of 'A Time of Transition' from the March issue of Canadian Lawyer magazine. Click here to read Part 1.
Published in Features
Monday, 06 March 2017 09:00

A time of transition - Part 1

A time of transition - Part 1Significant changes have hit the legal economy in Manitoba and Saskatchewan and out-of-province interest is not abating.
Published in Features
Monday, 06 March 2017 09:00

Heenan Blaikie breakdown

Photo: Robin Kuniski
Photo: Robin Kuniski
Three years after the collapse of the law firm he helped build, Norman Bacal reflects with his version of the inside story.
Published in Departments
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: 
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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
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