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Wednesday, August 16, 2017 @ 02:12 PM

The Coach: Managing your clients | Gary Mitchell

From the start you must fully understand your clients’ needs in order to manage them and deliver your services. I can’t stress this enough. ... [read more]

Tuesday, August 15, 2017 @ 10:52 AM

Law professors develop risk assessment tool for litigators Keet

Heather Heavin and Michaela Keet want lawyers, particularly litigators, to take a calculated risk. The two law professors at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon have developed a predictive tool that can help lawyers put a number to their chances of winning in court and whether proceeding is worthwhile. ... [read more]

Friday, August 11, 2017 @ 12:53 PM

B.C. fires had firms scrambling to stay in business, protect data

This summer as most Canadians were enjoying a relaxing day at the beach with a cold beer and a hamburger fresh off the grill, more than 37,000 British Columbians were fleeing their homes as 180 wildfires raged nearby, often uncontrollably. The impact on families and communities was devastating. The impact on business — including the business of law — was equally shattering. ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 02, 2017 @ 01:36 PM

Hi Tech: Marketing your legal startup | Luigi Benetton

This is the second article in a two-part series. Part one introduced three legal technology entrepreneurs whose businesses have launch dates between December 2016 and December 2017. Part two discusses the market they face and their plans to succeed.    ... [read more]

Monday, July 24, 2017 @ 01:42 PM

Make the most of your summer business development | Warren Bongard

We are all familiar with the private bar adage of grinder, minder, finder. That was so yesterday! ... [read more]

Friday, July 21, 2017 @ 09:42 AM

Hi Tech: Going all-in on legal startups | Luigi Benetton

Across the country, a subset of the legal profession also develops software. They develop because they’re driven to build the software they want, tools they consider better than what’s currently available. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 13, 2017 @ 12:19 PM

The Coach: Taking the ‘service-first’ approach to marketing | Gary Mitchell

As a lawyer business coach, I am often thought of as someone who only focuses on helping my clients to bring in new clients and build their book of business, or their firm; but there is much more to running a successful business. This column is targeted at the service approach to your business. Service innovation is often thought of as the most important indirect strategy of marketing yourself. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 11, 2017 @ 07:14 AM

Law society's search of lawyer’s laptops didn't breach Charter, Alberta court rules

The Alberta Court of Appeal has dismissed an appeal by a lawyer claiming that the search of his laptops by a law society investigator infringed his s. 8 Charter rights and that s. 55 of the Legal Profession Act “should be interpreted in light of Charter values.” ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 04, 2017 @ 09:11 AM

Nova Scotia law society explores succession planning issues, options Darrel Pink

Canada’s legal community is greying. This reality has many lawyers turning their thoughts to more time on the golf course, fewer nights in the office and longer sun-soaked trips south. Many regulators as a result are turning their thoughts to helping individuals and firms make the transition from running a practice to leaving the workweek behind. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 04, 2017 @ 08:57 AM

B.C. provincial court to become first in Canada to launch online-only judicial application process Thomas Crabtree

British Columbia’s provincial court is continuing to outpace other courts in Canada on technology by introducing an online process for applicants seeking to be a judge, judicial justice or justice of the peace. ... [read more]