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Thursday, May 19, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

Doing away with a pecking order

The office of Sherrard Kuzz LLP, a mid-size employment and labour law firm in downtown Toronto, doesn’t look like your traditional legal workplace. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 12, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

Calling out toxic office behaviour

In January, three months after allegations of sexual harassment prompted Marcel Aubut to resign as president of the Canadian Olympic Committee, his successor, Tricia Smith, apologized for the toxic workplace culture that had developed within the COC. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 05, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

Nailing down top student candidates

Law students across the country are nervously preparing to interview for articling positions but they’re not the only ones needing to do their homework. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 28, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

Open doors to open doors

Looking to take your firm to the next level? Whether you’re practising solo or have a couple of lawyers on board, the advice for growing is the same: network, network, network. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 21, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

Unchecked workplace conflict can be costly

Not everyone plays nicely. There will always be those colleagues who make work life more difficult than it needs to be. However, when conflict moves from healthy to unhealthy, the well-being of all employees and the firm itself is in jeopardy. In some cases, third-party intervention is essential. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 21, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

Bad news on income front, study shows

The professional income of most self-employed lawyers in Canada is trending downward — with earnings typically peaking between the ages of 48 and 52 and then stagnating or decreasing “significantly” after age 56, particularly for high earners, reveals a recent federal Department of Justice (DOJ) analysis. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 14, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

Law grads facing changing landscape

In the old days, law school graduates were expected to cut their teeth as articling students, take on just about any type of assignment, then proceed to work their way up the ladder. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 07, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

Think differently to make partner

You’re a competent and experienced associate who has worked at a firm for several years, taken on tough assignments and proven yourself. However, that all-important conversation has never taken place — the one where the firm’s leaders talk about grooming you for partnership. So how do you make them sit up and consider you as a potential partner? ... [read more]

Thursday, March 31, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

When things just don’t click

Should differences arise with your boss or supervisor, don’t take things personally, try to address matters quietly, politely and directly, and learn from any mistakes you make. That’s advice from the trenches, from lawyers who in the early stages of their careers sometimes faced unreasonable demands, difficult working relationships with more senior lawyers, and even witnessed the occasional angry outburst in the boardroom. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 24, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

Changing times, changing focus in Alberta

Even as the price of a barrel of oil plunges to levels not seen in 15 years, lawyers and accountants in Alberta can rest assured that there will always be work for them to do.In many cases, however, it won’t be the same work they were doing just a few years ago. ... [read more]