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Monday, 15 September 2014 10:18

Be present, practise better

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_LIndsay-Scott14.jpgThis is a column I’ve been meaning to write for some time, and since the fall is usually my busiest time of year, there’s no time like the present. Which is sort of the point of this article: how mindfulness, meditation, and “being present” has benefited my law practice.
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Monday, 15 September 2014 09:00

Client focused cost controls

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_Stephen-Mabey-2013.jpgCenters of excellence

“Canadian lawyers typically don’t compete by reducing their own costs — that type of competitive advantage is lost on them. Gowlings seems to be the lone Ontario exception as they opened operations in Hamilton, Ont. (quite some time ago) for reasons that must be related to costs savings. There still seems to be a notion that moving non-legal or even legal functions to low-cost centres is not the Canadian way.” — Mitch Kowlaski, Sept. 13, 2012
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Monday, 01 September 2014 08:00

The rise of the single services provider

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_2014_September_multiservice.jpgA small Toronto law firm says the move to form an alliance with Deloitte Canada will strengthen its position to help clients better navigate the increasingly complex world of immigration law.
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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_Stephen-Mabey-2013.jpgDr. Larry Richard, seen by many as an eminent expert on the personality profile of lawyers, has pointed out the following characteristics of lawyers in the past:
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Monday, 25 August 2014 08:00

Bull by the horns

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-4STUDENTS_2014_August_Fall_Issue_Bull.jpgEntrepreneurship is a catchword in the practice of law these days, but it’s also a skill you could use when articling in a small law firm, where there is less structure and more room to innovate and create the kind of experience you want.
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Monday, 25 August 2014 08:00

The pros & cons of practising...

Practising in class actions, in Windsor, Ont., government, in Edmonton
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Response from clients has been mostly surprise, says Peter Carayiannis.
Response from clients has been mostly surprise, says Peter Carayiannis.
It’s not uncommon for clients to do a double take when they open a bill from their law firm, but for those who use Conduit Law Professional Corp., any shock and awe over last month’s invoice wasn’t because of the amount due — it was probably about the line inviting them to change the price.
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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-4STUDENTS_Standard_photos_Ted-Flett.jpg“Etiquette shmetiquette,” I thought to myself when I noticed one of the University of New Brunswick law career development seminar topics was essentially Manners 101. I didn’t think I needed it. I’m no Emily Post but I don’t offend people by talking politics or religion on first meeting and I hold my pinky finger out when sipping tea.
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Monday, 21 July 2014 08:00

Developing broader shoulders

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_LIndsay-Scott14.jpgSomething really terrible happened in the life of one of my clients a few months ago. I was totally shaken by it and lost several nights’ sleep. As time has passed, I have gained more perspective but wanted to write about what I’m discovering is one of the toughest parts about this job: coping when something difficult happens to a client.
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Illustration: Faye Rogers
Illustration: Faye Rogers
Ask Marshall Pawar what brought down Heenan Blaikie LLP and the corporate lawyer slyly dodges the question, telling a reporter he prefers to focus on his new venture, MEP Business Counsel.
But his answers still speak volumes about the future of national law firms.
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