Monday, 19 December 2016 09:00

Value beyond novelty

Value beyond noveltyWhile shiny new objects can be fun, the real value in innovation is in the output
Published in Commentary
Monday, 14 November 2016 09:00

Innovation is not progress

The word innovation has become the biggest buzzword of our time, and nowhere is this more evident than in the area of technology.
Published in Commentary
Monday, 14 November 2016 09:00

Cybersecurity

Illustration: Blair KellyLaw firms are a key target for hackers, say tech experts
Published in Departments
Avoiding the storm clouds with good cloud-computing policies“We didn’t know that we had purchased these cloud services . . . we signed the wrong agreement.”
Published in Web exclusive content
iPads can save time and money in a small law firmSince the introduction of the iPad and tablets, businesses have developed novel ways to incorporate these devices into the delivery of their services. Some restaurants use them to replace paper menus, enabling customers to view photos of every dish and place orders, or as wine lists, allowing searches by geographical area or varietal. Some hotels offer tablets loaded with relevant applications to help travellers make the most of their trip, and airlines offer them for personalized in-flight entertainment.
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Thursday, 08 September 2016 22:00

Innovation is here to stay

Innovation is here to stayThe ability to continually innovate our work and its underlying processes have become requisite skills for in-house lawyers. Increasingly, in-house practitioners are being asked to work in new environments, provide a wider scope of services, utilize technology wherever possible and be adaptive to changing legal and general professional trends. Terms like productivity, efficiency, lean and design change are quickly becoming table stakes for any successful in-house team. This is why being recognized as an innovator in our profession is especially rewarding.
Published in Issue Archive
Monday, 05 September 2016 09:00

Let the robots help the public

Let the robots help the publicYou might be forgiven if you are tired of hearing about machines versus lawyers, but the topic, much like our future robot overlords, is not about to be put to rest. Similarly, the definition of legal work and the practice of law are subject to more scrutiny than at any prior time in the history of the “profession” (air quotes intentional). As self-governing guilds, law societies and U.S. bar associations (which aren’t really regulators) are being confronted with uncomfortable questions requiring clear answers to plainly laid out (non-virtual) reality.
Published in Commentary
Monday, 05 September 2016 09:00

Mining judgments for winners and losers

Look out litigators, Premonition is coming to town, and with it a level of transparency not normally seen in the legal business.
Published in Commentary
Monday, 15 August 2016 09:00

The dangers of patio thinking

The dangers of patio thinkingIs there anything better than being outside and enjoying these record hot temperatures?  Facing the prospect of cold, dark winters, most Canadians feel perfectly justified maximizing their patio time during our short summer months. However, the race to get deals done sometimes leads to some short-sighted decisions that have long-term consequences for clients. The following are mistakes I have recently observed in the rush to exit the office and enjoy a cold one.
Published in Web exclusive content
Monday, 01 August 2016 09:00

Tech as a disruptor of concentration

Tech as a disruptor of concentrationThe evidence is all around us: the inability to stand in a queue and embrace the boredom; the need to be entertained in some way every 15 minutes. So, we flick through the Distraction Apps on our phones: Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, Medium, Instagram, Globe and Mail. Grab the headlines, be distracted, entertained, and fill those few quiet moments.
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