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Tuesday, November 03, 2020 @ 8:20 AM

Why lawyers should work with paralegals | Karen Heath paralegal_sm

Rewind about five years. I am three weeks post-call and about to test out my litigation chops for the first time in provincial offences court. I have a script. It’s in 24 font and averages about 30 words per page. It includes my name written out so I remember to say it on the record, H-E-A-T-H, first initial K. I kid you not. I clerked, you see, so my in-court appearances were nil compared to my firm-articled compatriots. And I am nervous. ... [read more]

Monday, November 02, 2020 @ 1:02 PM

The lawyer-paralegal relationship in B.C. | Jennifer Brun paralegal_sm

Lawyers and paralegals in British Columbia have been working together to provide client services for as long as there have been formal education programs for paralegals. This partnership brings together complementary skill sets, each founded through education, experiential training and ethical standards. Paralegals are defined by the BC Paralegal Association as those who “have legal training and knowledge of the substantive and procedural aspects of law and are capable of independent legal work, performed subject to the general supervision of a lawyer.” ... [read more]

Friday, October 30, 2020 @ 8:28 AM

The Coach: Where are the profits? Part two | Gary Mitchell

If you are following this column and you read last months piece, you would have learned that I suggested taking a couple of audits of your time, your people’s time and what you are doing to market your practice or firm. ... [read more]

Monday, October 26, 2020 @ 2:35 PM

Estate tech alignment: Dealing with digital paradigm shift hands_digital_devices_sm

The Internet and our clients’ use of technology was already changing the death-care and estate industries long before the pandemic. But the social distancing demanded by COVID-19 has accelerated our clients’ engagement with the digital world, reigniting the topic of digital asset management which will demand a transformation in estate planning. ... [read more]

Monday, October 26, 2020 @ 10:59 AM

Practising family law during pandemic: Pushing matters forward | Carolyn J. Lloyd

When I was sent home from work with nothing but my laptop on March 11, I didn’t know what to expect. I had always kept my work at the office, and rarely brought work home. Suddenly my worlds collided and it was a shock. I decided to learn as much as a could about what the pandemic meant and how long it would last. ... [read more]

Monday, October 26, 2020 @ 9:56 AM

Business ethics and the law | Vanisha H. Sukdeo

The meaning of the term “ethics” varies across disciplines from philosophy, political science, business and law. What does it mean when we speak about “business ethics” in relation to the law? When companies lead with ethics, they attempt to abide by not just the legal requirements that bind their company but the underlying principles that shaped the law at its creation. ... [read more]

Monday, October 26, 2020 @ 8:54 AM

LSO Convocation adopts revised proposals on fee exemptions for older practitioners Atrisha Lewis

The Law Society of Ontario (LSO) has tweaked its proposals to remove fee exemptions for certain older members of the profession, adopting measures which would provide a reduced rate for practitioners 65 and older and ensuring those individuals who are currently covered by an exemption for those who have practised 50 years or more will still be able to benefit when it is eliminated next year. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 22, 2020 @ 11:18 AM

BLG announces senior leadership appointments

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (BLG) announced several changes in its senior leadership. According to the firm’s press release, BLG’s national group heads have overall responsibility for the business plans, financial performance and client service performance for their respective national practice groups, sit on the firm’s national management committee and play a key role in the overall management of the firm. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 21, 2020 @ 1:24 PM

Ad hoc fiduciary duties and equitable fraud legal_team_sm

Justice Phillip Sutherland recently heard an interesting trial, Wong v. Li et al. 2020 ONSC 4299, in Newmarket, Ont., involving a Richmond Hill lawyer who was suing two of his real estate assistants for damages related to his suspension by the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) in 2012. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 @ 9:21 AM

Reconciliation, resilience part of new Indigenous cultural competency training Law Society of Alberta (LSA) president Kent Teskey

The Law Society of Alberta has approved a mandatory Indigenous cultural competency training program which will launch next year. The program, approved by the law society’s board is the Path, a six-hour series of online modules which deals with such topics as the cultural and historical differences between First Nations, Inuit, and Métis, the evolution of the relationship between Canada and Indigenous people, stories of social and economic success, reconciliation and resilience and understanding intercultural communication in the workplace. ... [read more]