• Jennifer Brown

    Why ‘in-house’ wasn’t just another beat

    Apr 30, 2019

    In the summer of 2011, I joined the Canadian Lawyer and Law Times team at Thomson Reuters and in the space of about seven days attended the American Bar Association conference (it was held in Toronto that year) and the Canadian Bar Association conference in Halifax. It was a baptism by fire.

    Jennifer Brown
  • Heather Suttie

    Legal gets a mulligan: A chance for do-over a now expected legal service approach

    Apr 29, 2019

    An overarching theme of the conference was that smart law firms must act quickly to adopt ALSPs into their businesses and client dealings. While ALSPs aren’t new, in-house lawyers I spoke with in Atlanta want an ALSP as part of their legal service team and expect full co-operation and collaboration between themselves and every legal entity that serves them.

    Heather Suttie
  • Neill May

    Challenging dissent proceedings

    Apr 29, 2019

    Nobody can be an expert at absolutely everything, despite what my web bio may suggest. Aside from being impossible, it wouldn’t leave any time for just relaxing — or “executive time” in the language of the U.S. president’s calendar.

    Neill May|Banking on Corporate
  • Michael Spratt

    Ontario's legal aid cuts leave David unarmed against Goliath

    Apr 22, 2019

    Last week, the Ontario budget slashed funding to Legal Aid Ontario by over 30 per cent. Adding to the cruelty, the $133 million cut takes effect immediately – there was no advanced notice. And to make matters even worse the province has directed LAO that no provincial money can be used to cover immigration and refugee law, leaving that program with a staggering and unexpected $45 million shortfall.

    Michael Spratt
  • Kevin Cheung

    For spring cleaning, cleanse the clutter – but also clear morale-marring negativity

    Apr 22, 2019

    Spring cleaning is something some of us do in our personal lives. It can be a valuable exercise to incorporate into our professional lives too. Clutter detracts from productivity. Even if one functions well in a messy office, there is time lost in searching for needed items, and clutter is a source of distraction.

    Kevin Cheung|Soul & Small Practice
  • Philip Slayton

    Providing moral guidance

    Apr 22, 2019

    The relationship between community ethical standards and the law is a two-way street.

    Philip Slayton
  • Richard Stock

    Innovation a hot topic at CCCA conference

    Apr 16, 2019

    I recently attended the National Conference of the CCCA. Unsurprisingly, there were several sessions that dealt with some aspect of innovation in legal services.

    Richard Stock|Performance in the Law Department
  • Ron Poulton

    The Federal Court slices and dices more Harper law

    Apr 15, 2019

    Canadian Courts have been systematically erasing the Harper legacy in immigration and refugee law since Harper relinquished power to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his crew in 2015 – and rightly so. Now we have a new rebuke of human rights law carrying the stain of political whims – an apt description of how Harper’s government carried on refugee law. Whims usually don’t lead to smart decision-making. Perhaps even less so when those whims are politically driven, and not based on reason, logic or any sense of compassion.

    Ron Poulton |Border Crossings
  • Simone Hughes

    How to position yourself and your practice - Many can talk about the importance; few can help you figure it out

    Apr 15, 2019

    Heather Suttie, another Canadian Lawyer blogger and recognized industry thought leader on global legal markets and trends, started the conversation last month on the business value of proper positioning. I will continue the conversation this month with practical help on how anyone can jump right in and try it.

    Simone Hughes|Make it Count
  • Lisa R. Lifshitz

    The many lessons of the Equifax data breach

    Apr 15, 2019

    The Equifax decision and related compliance agreement between the OPC and Equifax Canada that that sets out detailed timelines for various corrective measures to be put in place by Equifax Canada regarding consent, safeguards and accountability in addition to six years of third party audits, offers a treasure trove of practical lessons for organizations looking to comply with the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (as well as some surprises).

    Lisa R. Lifshitz|The IT Girl