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!”
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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.
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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.
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The Intern is dead, long live The Intern!“Double espresso to go, please!”
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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.”
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How to improve your lateral hiring success ratesHiring partners away from another law firm has become a core tactic in the strategic plans of most law firms. Indeed, there are reports of lateral moves almost every day.
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Monday, 07 December 2015 09:00

Getting known in your community

Getting known in your communityFor those starting their own practice or moving to a new community, it may seem a daunting task to get established. But getting known is not difficult. It just requires effort. Here are some ways to do so.
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Monday, 16 November 2015 09:00

Bad to the bone

Illustration: Dushan Milic
Illustration: Dushan Milic
Looking for an unscrupulous lawyer to help you bypass some bureaucratic red tape? Gambled away the firm’s money on a dodgy tip? Accidentally sexually harassed an underling? Maybe deliberately? You need Bad Legal LLP, the straight-talking law firm taking the Canadian legal world by storm on Twitter.
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