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Monday, January 06, 2020 @ 2:42 PM

Multiple masters: A modern lawyer’s dilemma | Gary Joseph

The website for the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) states that it exists to govern the legal profession in the public interest. LSO governs its members through the Rules of Professional Conduct (the Rules). Professional standards for lawyers are governed by these regulatory codes but also by legal standards determined and imposed by the courts and by statute. The distinction between regulatory and court-imposed standards are often theoretical but at times not. The most recent example of where these standards may conflict can be found in the now resolved dispute between lawyer Joseph Groia and the LSO. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 02, 2020 @ 12:44 PM

This year in legal tech is all about the 3 C’s legal_tech_sm

Cash, collaboration and Canada — three words to remember this year when thinking about legal technology.  ... [read more]

Monday, December 23, 2019 @ 12:20 PM

Three easy steps to a better relationship with your smartphone Man with head in cellphone

We have become overly reliant on technology to keep us stimulated and withdrawal becomes almost like a drug addiction. While some argue that the only way to deal with this is by turning everything off, most know that this solution is a temporary fix. Instead of focusing on the rules — don’t do this or that — several of my coaching clients have benefited from focusing on the outcome. ... [read more]

Monday, December 23, 2019 @ 9:05 AM

Norton Rose Fulbright sees the light with its new bright, open workspace Norton Rose Fulbright

Terry Dobbin, the managing partner at Norton Rose Fulbright’s Toronto office, was on a business trip with a colleague recently when he heard something surprising. His fellow lawyer said she couldn’t wait to return to the firm’s totally redesigned digs at the landmark TD Centre in the city’s financial district.   ... [read more]

Monday, December 23, 2019 @ 8:01 AM

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

If you recall in our previous column, we looked at conducting audits to measure where you are in certain areas. In part two of this installment we are going to take a look at what you can do with that information to become more profitable. ... [read more]

Thursday, December 19, 2019 @ 8:56 AM

Nine startling Google factoids about law firm marketing | Jana Schilder

1. Fact: Google owns 93 per cent of all web searches. ... [read more]

Wednesday, December 18, 2019 @ 8:33 AM

Law societies adopting rules to fight money-laundering clients Leah_Kosokowsky_sm

The new year will bring new rules for Manitoba’s lawyers and many of their peers across the country when it comes to safeguarding themselves against being unwittingly used in money laundering schemes. ... [read more]

Tuesday, December 17, 2019 @ 2:41 PM

Top trends for law firms on social media in 2020 Lawyer surrounded by computers

To stay relevant in today's social media environment, law firms must keep an eye on emerging social patterns. Social media, when used properly, can be a useful tool when it comes to establishing industry relationships, connecting with new clients and staying up to date on business trends. As 2020 approaches, law firms must start planning their social strategy for the new year. ... [read more]

Tuesday, December 17, 2019 @ 12:10 PM

Dilemma of maternity leave | Leena Yousefi and Julianne Yeager

This article is written by two mothers who are also lawyers. This is not an article about feminism. This is an article about the harsh reality female lawyers face when they decide to have a child. ... [read more]

Friday, December 13, 2019 @ 8:41 AM

Alberta law society holds practice fees steady, moves on strategic plan Alberta Law Society president Rob Armstrong

The Alberta Law Society’s final bencher meeting of the year was a look towards the future as it finalized its 2020 budget as well as the strategic plan which will guide it in the future. Benchers passed the 2020 business plan and budget at the meeting, which was held in Edmonton Dec. 5. ... [read more]