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January, 2017
  • Modernizing federal corporate law

    Bill C-25, which passed second reading in October, is expected to update legislation that last had an overhaul in 2001. The amendments to the CBCA contained in the bill would modernize Canada’s legal and regulatory framework for nearly 270,000 federally incorporated corporations, though the proposed changes would affect only those that issue stocks and report to a securities commission.
  • Small but mighty - Part 2

    This article is a continuation of ''Small but mighty'' from the January 2017 issue of Canadian Lawyer magazine. Tax boutiques may be small, but they are mighty.
  • Small but mighty - Part 1

    Canadian Lawyer's top-rated insurance defence boutiques are working hard to provide value. Carolena Gordon, senior equity partner at Clyde & Co. in Montreal, says all her conversations these days have a common focus, and that is modernization.
  • Bringing them home

    Lawyers acting for clients imprisoned abroad need to navigate a complex web of interests. An estimated 2.5 million Canadians live outside Canada. In addition, Canadians make almost 50 million visits abroad each year. They travel or reside overseas to do business, study, visit family or vacation. Most find that their stay abroad is uneventful. Some, however, have the unexpected experience of being subjected to arbitrary and prolonged detention — and sometimes even torture.
  • Third-party litigation funding

    The first statutory restrictions against maintenance and champerty were enacted in England in 1305, as a result of royal officials and nobles lending their names to dubious legal claims in exchange for a portion of any proceeds. The medieval-era statutes were repealed in 1967 and, for most in the profession today, the doctrines are likely a long-ago law school memory.


  • Succession planning

    Succession planning

    It began as one lawyer helping another, developed into a relationship and then a partnership with an eye to the younger lawyer acquiring the firm upon the retirement of the senior lawyer. But Shelagh Mathers’ succession plan wasn’t entirely accidental.


  • Kate Simpson

    Legal Innovation Now

    Deep smarts: the next generation

    Knowledge Management is entering a new phase to boldly go beyond mapping what lawyers know to exploring how lawyers know. At a recent legal technology innovation event, one of the startups introduced its new technology as targeting the Final Frontier of Knowledge Management: turning the tacit into the explicit.
  • Jim Middlemiss

    Launching an airport food fight

    Competition commissioner John Pecman has interesting regulatory culinary tastes. Since being appointed Canada’s top competition cop in September 2012, the Competition Bureau’s public merger reviews and investigations have looked into everything from hamburger and donuts to chicken, groceries, beer and chocolate. Now the Bureau has the “haute cuisine” of airline food in its crosshairs.
  • Tim Wilbur

    Editor's Desk

    Canada’s excellent justice system

    Canadian lawyers often complain about our justice system, as they should. There are countless problems that need fixing, both large and small. Our governments have severely underfunded legal aid, indigenous people are incarcerated at a disproportionate rate, the courts are run with antiquated paper-based technology and millions of Canadians can’t afford to pay for proper legal advice.


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