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Monday, June 11, 2018 @ 9:07 AM

Using social media like LinkedIn to grow your practice | Kim McLaughlin

Law firms are traditionally skeptical of social media. Well-intentioned but inconsistent forays into the land of Facebook and Instagram may yield few results and reflect badly on the firm. It’s no surprise then that many lawyers leave social media alone. But ignoring something like LinkedIn is akin to throwing out the baby with the bathwater. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 06, 2018 @ 12:51 PM

Law firms team up in business alliance

Regent Law of Toronto and Ottawa and Burstall LLP of Calgary have taken the first, early steps toward an eventual merger. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 06, 2018 @ 11:42 AM

Non-criminal lawyers must use caution advising those arrested, lawyers say James_Morton_sm

Lawyers not practising criminal law but called by people arrested should be cautious when giving guidance, but know enough to advise on staying silent, dealing with persistent police questioning and seeking criminal defence counsel, say legal experts. ... [read more]

Monday, June 04, 2018 @ 8:49 AM

Outgoing treasurer Schabas oversaw ‘shift in thinking’ at Law Society of Ontario Paul Schabas sm

Change has been the name of the game at the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) over the past two years as Paul Schabas has led the organization through complicated, and often public, challenges. This month the law society will have to prepare for another change as Schabas leaves his position as treasurer on June 28 and a new leader takes his place. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 31, 2018 @ 3:08 PM

Alternatives abound for earning continuing professional development credits Emily Atkinson

Lawyers in provinces that require participation in formal continuing professional development (CPD) programs often have more options than they realize when it comes to when and how they meet their requirements. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 31, 2018 @ 8:39 AM

Why you should avoid acting for family and friends zipper_mouth_sm

Lawyers, like anyone, want to help family and friends, but doing so is risky. Because such relationships are informal by nature, acting for them may default to long established informal behaviours. This can mean cutting corners such as failing to obtain consents or instructions, and failing to document communication. Family and friends can unexpectedly become the most difficult clients. ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 29, 2018 @ 9:27 AM

Blakes study breaks down Canadian private equity numbers Kurt Sarno

Feeling that there was a complete lack of market data about private equity deals in Canada, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP decided to rectify the situation by conducting its own market study. For the Canadian Private Equity Deal Study, the team at Blakes looked at more than 100 transactions signed between 2014 and 2017 among unrelated parties that the firm had been involved with as lead or Canadian counsel. ... [read more]

Monday, May 28, 2018 @ 1:13 PM

Lawyer licensing report raises access to justice issues at LSO Convocation Jaqueline Horvat sm

Changes to lawyer licensing brought up a number of issues at the Law Society of Ontario’s (LSO) May Convocation, including the cost of post-secondary education, access to justice, socioeconomic diversity in the profession and the importance of the Programme de pratique du droit (PPD). ... [read more]

Monday, May 28, 2018 @ 9:30 AM

Law Society of Ontario commits to improving regulatory, hearing processes for Indigenous peoples Dianne Corbiere sm

The Law Society of Ontario (LSO) has approved a series of recommendations to reform the regulatory and hearing processes impacting Indigenous peoples in an effort to enhance cultural competency across the profession. ... [read more]

Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 9:26 AM

Norton Rose Fulbright turns to chatbot to talk about privacy, online security Ryan Berger

An Australian creation has been adapted to talk about European laws and will soon be the foundation for service that gives advice about Canadian privacy breaches. “Parker” is the name of an artificial intelligence-driven chatbot that was developed by Norton Rose Fulbright. ... [read more]