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Friday, July 21, 2017 @ 9:42 AM

Hi Tech: Going all-in on legal startups | Luigi Benetton

Across the country, a subset of the legal profession also develops software. They develop because they’re driven to build the software they want, tools they consider better than what’s currently available. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 13, 2017 @ 12:19 PM

The Coach: Taking the ‘service-first’ approach to marketing | Gary Mitchell

As a lawyer business coach, I am often thought of as someone who only focuses on helping my clients to bring in new clients and build their book of business, or their firm; but there is much more to running a successful business. This column is targeted at the service approach to your business. Service innovation is often thought of as the most important indirect strategy of marketing yourself. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 11, 2017 @ 7:14 AM

Law society's search of lawyer’s laptops didn't breach Charter, Alberta court rules

The Alberta Court of Appeal has dismissed an appeal by a lawyer claiming that the search of his laptops by a law society investigator infringed his s. 8 Charter rights and that s. 55 of the Legal Profession Act “should be interpreted in light of Charter values.” ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 04, 2017 @ 9:11 AM

Nova Scotia law society explores succession planning issues, options Darrel Pink

Canada’s legal community is greying. This reality has many lawyers turning their thoughts to more time on the golf course, fewer nights in the office and longer sun-soaked trips south. Many regulators as a result are turning their thoughts to helping individuals and firms make the transition from running a practice to leaving the workweek behind. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 04, 2017 @ 8:57 AM

B.C. provincial court to become first in Canada to launch online-only judicial application process Thomas Crabtree

British Columbia’s provincial court is continuing to outpace other courts in Canada on technology by introducing an online process for applicants seeking to be a judge, judicial justice or justice of the peace. ... [read more]

Friday, June 30, 2017 @ 12:31 PM

Hi Tech: 3D printing and the law | Luigi Benetton

The costs and technical sophistication associated with 3D printing currently keep it in the realm of industry and enthusiasts. That doesn’t mean the legal community can afford to ignore it. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 22, 2017 @ 1:43 PM

The Headhunter: Common pitfalls when evaluating your next move | Warren Smith

Taking on a new position is never an easy decision — there is invariably stress around trying to assess if the role is the right fit, whether the new environment will ultimately be a match, while also facing the potential stress of leaving colleagues and a once familiar environment behind. ... [read more]

Monday, June 19, 2017 @ 12:55 PM

When opportunity knocks, can your firm afford it?

Consider one of the following scenarios: Your firm’s leadership wants to become the employer of choice for young professionals — and this includes a workplace that appeals to them — calling for significant leasehold improvements. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 15, 2017 @ 1:17 PM

The Coach: Generating additional work from current clients | Gary Mitchell

You’ve likely heard the expression “low hanging fruit.” Well your current and sometimes recent clients are just that. When you are looking to expand and grow your practice, I highly recommend you start with the people you already know. As you are likely aware, business development really boils down to relationships. So when you already have close and trusted relationships, you are already at least halfway there. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 @ 3:47 PM

When taking a calculated risk can be helpful to your practice

Lawyers get called many things but they’re largely a conservative bunch and risk-takers they’re not. Such a characteristic largely comes with the territory — nobody has “get sued” on their bucket list — but taking some calculated risks can prove beneficial both within a practice and in the business of lawyering. ... [read more]