law firms

  • Flexibility, collaboration top of mind for millennial lawyers in work spaces

    Flexibility, collaboration top of mind for millennial lawyers in work spaces

    Jan 16, 2019

    Collaborative office spaces and flexible working arrangements aren’t just aspects associated with Silicon Valley tech startups anymore — they are features, along with also having a private office for independent work, that young lawyers desire, according to a recent report from the United States called What Millennial Attorneys Want.

  • Canadian Walied Soliman named global chair of Norton Rose Fulbright board

    Canadian Walied Soliman named global chair of Norton Rose Fulbright board

    Jan 8, 2019

    Walied Soliman has been named global chairman of Norton Rose Fulbright, heading up the firm’s supervisory board.

  • LSBC regulation worries small firms more than larger firms

    LSBC regulation worries small firms more than larger firms

    Jan 7, 2019

    As the Law Society of British Columbia moves deeper into law firm regulation and registration in 2019, managing partners see a varied impact on their firms and roles. Partners in larger firms are unfazed, while those in smaller and mid-sized firms worry about time and cost of imposing another layer of regulation.

  • Law firms rolling out SaaS collaboration platform to clients

    Law firms rolling out SaaS collaboration platform to clients

    Dec 21, 2018

    Increasingly, corporate in-house clients want access to online collaboration tools to make communication with their law firms easier.

  • Incorporating Machiavelli into the mergers and acquisitions department

    Dec 17, 2018

    Niccolò di Bernardo dei Machiavelli was the Renaissance-era politician, writer, philosopher and name-sake of the adjective “Machiavellian,” frequently used in political discourse to refer to achieving power through cunning, manipulative, cynical, ruthless and immoral means.

  • Innovating in-house with law firm and vendor partners

    Innovating in-house with law firm and vendor partners

    Oct 23, 2018

    When legal departments work collaboratively with their external firms and technology partners on real-world problems, innovation can happen in interesting and cost-effective ways and it doesn’t have to mean reduced fees for law firms.

  • Stikeman Elliott shakes up managing partner roles

    Stikeman Elliott shakes up managing partner roles

    Oct 15, 2018

    Stikeman Elliott LLP has named a new chairman of the firm and three new managing partners in Toronto, Montréal and Calgary.

  • Critical topics facing the legal community

    Critical topics facing the legal community

    Oct 1, 2018

    Throughout 2018, Canadian Lawyer, with research partners RSM Canada and CIBC, invited members of the legal community to provide input on six critical topics facing the legal community.

  • The right leaders

    The right leaders

    Sep 24, 2018

    It’s been a decade since Stewart McKelvey moved toward a leadership model that places a chief executive officer in the key management role, dispensing of the usual managing partner role typically employed by law firms.

  • B.C.’s Okanagan startup industry spurs legal work

    B.C.’s Okanagan startup industry spurs legal work

    Sep 11, 2018

    B.C.’s Okanagan incubator atmosphere for new technology startups is spurring work for the legal sector as support ranges from incorporations and patents to multi-million-dollar transactions. According to a local 2016 study, the technology sector is valued at $1.3 billion — and growing — with 600 companies employing 8,000 individuals.

  • New process for law firms setting up in N.S.

    Aug 7, 2018

    For lawyers looking to hang out their shingle in Nova Scotia, the process has become longer, more involved and, according to the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society, much better.

  • OBA launches first Innovator-in-Residence program

    OBA launches first Innovator-in-Residence program

    Aug 2, 2018

    A new and unique program launched today by the Ontario Bar Association aims to identify, develop and advance innovations that will help members better serve their clients.

  • Five partners leave McLean & Kerr for Dentons Canada

    Five partners leave McLean & Kerr for Dentons Canada

    Jul 24, 2018

    Dentons Canada announced Tuesday that 10 individuals from McLean & Kerr LLP, a boutique law firm known in the Toronto market for its commercial real estate and litigation practice, were joining the firm in Toronto.

  • Dealing with harassment

    Dealing with harassment

    Jul 16, 2018

    Law firms struggle with how to deal with sexual harassment, but changes are afoot.

  • Preparing a small firm for a recession

    Jul 9, 2018

    Many Canadian law firms were affected by the 2008 recession. Firms of all sizes laid off associates and froze hiring. Business dried up as corporate clients went in-house and reduced legal-spending budgets. Even litigation work decreased due to the dim prospects of successfully collecting against parties with no means to pay.

  • Bennett Jones LLP trade law partners move to BLG

    Bennett Jones LLP trade law partners move to BLG

    Jun 5, 2018

    At a critical time for trade relations in Canada, the U.S. and globally, three of the four partners who led the international trade and investment practice at Bennett Jones LLP have left to join Borden Ladner Gervais LLP in Toronto, with three associates going with them.

  • BCF launches angel fund for startups

    BCF launches angel fund for startups

    May 29, 2018

    All 70 partners with Montreal’s BCF Business Law are pooling their money in what is believed to be the first super angel fund created by a law firm in Canada.

  • Protection against the state: Top 10 Criminal Law Boutiques

    Protection against the state: Top 10 Criminal Law Boutiques

    May 22, 2018

    As police methods continue to evolve, so, too, have the top criminal boutiques.

  • Beware of rogue clients

    May 14, 2018

    A recent incident involving Bay Street titan Goodmans LLP has shone a light on the issue of rogue clients and the potential damage they can inflict on a law firm’s brand.

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