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.”
Published in Web exclusive content
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.
Published in Web exclusive content
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.
Published in Web exclusive content
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.
Published in Departments
Monday, 05 October 2015 09:00

Boot camp is in session

Boot camp is in sessionYou’ve been called to the bar. Congrats. Now you have a lot to learn. Turns out knowledge of the law is the minimum. Yes, you were on the dean’s list at law school. Did that help you understand how to actually practise law? And what have you done for the firm lately?
Published in Features
Monday, 07 September 2015 09:00

Efficiency, Flexibility, and Focus

Efficiency, Flexibility, and FocusDespite muted activity in pockets of the legal market and the Canadian economy facing tough headwinds, Ontario’s top regional law firms say they’ve had a solid couple of years thanks to emerging opportunities and their unrelenting focus on efficiency.
Monday, 24 August 2015 08:00

LPP: answering a different call

While it’s too early to declare Ontario’s English- and French-language Law Practice Program an overnight success after just one year, it’s interesting to consider its successes and breakthroughs, and acknowledge it’s a program many law grads might have benefited from in the past — perhaps more so than from traditional articling.
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