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Thursday, September 17, 2015 @ 8:00 PM

The building blocks of a successful career

It takes years to build up but it can be lost in a matter of moments. Credibility is perhaps the most crucial element in a lawyer’s repertoire as it’s the cornerstone for building up a client base, starting up a new firm, raising hourly rates and how others interact with them in a courtroom. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 10, 2015 @ 8:00 PM

Setting out in a new direction

After years of running a successful practice, lawyers can sometimes reach a bend in the road. The work may no longer be stimulating. A change may be necessary to stay motivated. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 03, 2015 @ 8:00 PM

The value of C-level mentoring

We often hear an exceptional leader thanking a mentor for their success. It’s sometimes surprising. These people are already successful — why would they need a mentor? ... [read more]

Thursday, August 27, 2015 @ 8:00 PM

Mastering the follow through

Networking events are ideal places for lawyers to rub shoulders with potential clients, develop leads — and perhaps hand out some of those business cards that have been gathering dust. ... [read more]

Thursday, August 20, 2015 @ 8:00 PM

Keeping the lines of communication open

On the first Friday afternoon of every month, associates and partners at Hicks Adams, a criminal defence law firm in Toronto, put away their legal pads, pack up their briefcases and head out for a social pint — or two — at the local pub. The law firm picks up the tab. ... [read more]

Thursday, August 13, 2015 @ 8:00 PM

Going from today’s manager to tomorrow’s leader

Forbes recently reported that more than 10,000 U.S.-based baby boomers are retiring every day. Based on a 10 per cent rule, this would suggest that the number in Canada is about 1,000 retirees a day. ... [read more]

Thursday, August 13, 2015 @ 8:00 PM

Eliminating clutter can cut your level of stress as well

Lawyers deal daily with files, briefs, forms, and case notes, and each person has a system for finding information on their desk and their desktop. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 23, 2015 @ 8:00 PM

Bringing mental illness into the open

A traumatic event a decade ago followed by severe depression left Dante, once one of Ottawa’s top litigators, unable to get out of bed, leave his house and not even remotely close to being able to practise law. “People were coming over to make sure I was still alive,” says Dante, who requested his real name not be used for this story. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 16, 2015 @ 8:00 PM

Employee discipline requires discretion

It takes a delicate hand to apply a uniform approach to inappropriate behaviour. During the second hour of an intense examination for discovery, a junior associate asked a series of questions while a more senior partner from his firm looked on with obvious exasperation. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 09, 2015 @ 8:00 PM

The value behind the personal touch

When it comes to building a law practice, the challenge is figuring out how to attract clients. Once the practice is up and running, though, the conundrum is how to keep them. After all, as the old business adage goes, it’s a lot easier to generate business from repeat customers than to troll for new ones. ... [read more]