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Thursday, September 22, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

Your data network needs to be fast, accessible, secure

Lawyers often reach their work product using data networks. The speed and reliability of those networks can affect their productivity. At the same time, network security can determine whether lawyers keep client information confidential — or not. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 15, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

Growing demand brings opportunity

Whether it’s to get a better life-work balance, a burgeoning interest in the business side of things, a lack of jobs, or they’ve simply had enough, many professionals with law degrees and practising lawyers are choosing alternative careers. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 15, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

Job perks can also come with penalties

The taxation of benefits is one of the more troublesome questions for employees, which frequently engages them in long disputes with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) over small amounts. An employee’s standard of living has two components: salary (bonuses, stock options), and perquisites of office. Salary and bonuses are generally fully taxable; stock options can receive special favourable tax treatment. But non-taxable perks of office are the mother lode that can substantially improve one’s standard of living. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 08, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

Hoping for the best, planning for the worst

When the wildfire hit, “I wish I’d grabbed the notary seals,” says Don Scott as he describes the events of May 3, when he and his team had to make a hasty exit from the Don Scott Law Office in Fort McMurray, Alta., as a flames threatened the city. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 08, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

Networking doesn't have to be a pain

After working with lawyers and law clerks for 11 years now, networking has been a common “pain” point. Typically people put way too much pressure on themselves in these situations. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 01, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

Planned right, secondments can broaden horizons

Joel Watson was in the thick of his litigation practice at Shibley Righton in Toronto in January 2015 when Veterans Affairs came knocking with an unusual request. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 01, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

Medium sized firms need to embrace analytics edge

Analytics-driven insights are transforming how companies do business and make key decisions. Today, companies can anticipate who their next 1,000 customers will be. They can identify which customer micro-segments deliver the best margins and long-term growth potential. They can monitor the ebb and flow of customer sentiment in near real time. ... [read more]

Thursday, August 25, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

Trend of multiple monitors continues to grow

Five monitors sit on Peter Aprile’s desk. He uses the three on the left when he’s on the treadmill under the left side of his stand-up desk. When Aprile sits, he pivots the middle monitor and clicks an icon on his desktop to create a similar three-screen setup on the right side of the desk. ... [read more]

Thursday, August 25, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

Don’t let clients play the waiting game

When it comes to running a law practice, providing solid legal advice is, without doubt, an essential ingredient for success. After all, clients these days expect nothing less from their lawyers. ... [read more]

Thursday, August 25, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

Complicated tax system makes reform difficult

Although Canada has a comparatively small population of about 36 million, it has complex tax structure, based on a federal system and 13 provincial and territorial independent legislatures, each with their own political and economic goals. We talk about tax reform, but do little to achieve it. The taxation of corporate business income is a favourite for such discussions and annual rate changes, as we saw with the latest Liberal budget. ... [read more]