A turf war between law societies and the federal government is almost inevitable with new rules on anti-money laundering and terrorist financing in the pipeline. From where he sits in his downtown Vancouver office, Kim Marsh doesn’t like what he sees.
Getting feedback from your client or potential client is important, but it needs to be done properly. Information is key for both law firms and clients. And while companies gather data about the firms and the lawyers with whom they work, often without their knowledge, there is concern that lawyers don’t do the same. Yet that information is available, ready for the taking.
The RFP process has become more sophisticated and complex, but law firms still have to play ball to get on the preferred panel list.
Law firms are seeing companies take an increasingly sophisticated approach in the way they procure and engage legal services. And many of the larger corporations are using requests for proposals to create panels of law firms to consolidate the number of firms with which they are working.
Two recent decisions suggest that Canadian courts are ever more inclined to assume jurisdiction over civil claims brought by foreign plaintiffs against Canadian multinationals operating abroad.
British Columbia amended its Human Rights Code in July 2016 to add “gender identity and expression” as a protected ground. This means that, in B.C., it is now prohibited to discriminate in areas including employment based on a person’s gender identity or gender expression.
On Oct. 30, 2016, Canada signed the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement with the European Union. Just one day later, Bill C-30: An Act to implement the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between Canada and the European Union and its Member States and to provide for certain other measures was introduced.
For years, Canada and the European Union have enjoyed a safe and comfortable relationship when it comes to data privacy. Next year, that will change.