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Thursday, November 23, 2017 @ 8:21 AM

See artificial intelligence as complementing your legal practice, not replacing it AI_lawyer_sm

As lawyers, there are a two things we almost universally abhor — uncertainty and change. Given this, I was as surprised as anyone to discover I have an unrelenting, borderline-obsessive interest in all things artificial intelligence (AI). In particular, I’m curious about how AI is likely to change our profession, in terms of the impact of AI technologies on our interactions with clients, as well as society as a whole.   ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 22, 2017 @ 8:53 AM

Privacy commissioners concerned about ability to review solicitor-client privilege claims Jill Clayton

In the legal community, Bill C-58, An Act to amend the Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts, has generated a lot of press due to its provision that travel and expense reports of federally appointed judges be made public. But there is another section that lawyers should take note of: the section that clarifies the powers of the Information Commissioner and the Privacy Commissioner to examine documents containing information that is subject to solicitor-client privilege. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 22, 2017 @ 8:40 AM

Newfoundland-Labrador law society makes conduct code changes Brenda_Grimes_sm

An East Coast law society has beefed up its rules around lawyers leaving firms, making “unreasonable assurances” to clients and getting mixed up in the “fraudulent, criminal or illegal” doings of others. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 @ 1:55 PM

Technology on agenda for B.C. Justice Summit

When the Ninth British Columbia Justice Summit meets on Nov. 24, participants will have a wide range of issues to address — but they’ll all centre on the theme of technology and justice. ... [read more]

Monday, November 20, 2017 @ 1:00 PM

Legal aid veteran now champions causes for impoverished pro bono

For 31 years, Vince Calderhead worked for Nova Scotia Legal Aid helping individuals living in poverty address a diverse and dire range of legal issues. He retired earlier this year — and almost immediately went to work in private practice with Pink Larkin. That work, however, is unique in Canada. Calderhead, who is counsel in the Halifax law firm, does not charge for his services. ... [read more]

Friday, November 10, 2017 @ 11:12 AM

The Coach: Why invest in your people? | Gary Mitchell

So often I come across gatekeepers and “bean counters.” They have one job and that is to keep track of the bottom line. They lack vision. They don’t understand marketing. And they don’t get that investing; yes investing in your people will pay dividends for years to come. If you’re just going to continue to “count the beans,” then don’t bother reading the rest of this article. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 09, 2017 @ 8:40 AM

Lawyers cautioned on the professional risks of syndicated mortgages

On October 24, 2017, the Law Society of Upper Canada issued a notice to lawyers concerning syndicated mortgages and syndicated mortgage investments. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 07, 2017 @ 9:33 AM

Proposed changes to small business tax: What it means to lawyers, law firms business_tax_sm

The 2017 federal budget introduced new tax rules to the Canadian legislative framework. While many of us may understand the general sense of these changes, the impact they will have on lawyers and law firms may be less clear. In our practice as managers in our firm’s tax group, we have numerous clients who will be affected. With this article, we aim to clarify the impact of three particular changes on lawyers and law firms and provide guidance on the next steps legal professionals can take to meet the new compliance challenges. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 02, 2017 @ 1:19 PM

Litigation financing firm opens Canadian offices

A London, U.K.-based broker that arranges litigation finance as well as litigation risk-sharing insurance is now working out of Toronto and Vancouver. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 31, 2017 @ 1:56 PM

LSUC explains statement of principles, diversity policy at information session

New annual reporting requirements regarding a statement of principles and a human rights diversity policy have some legal professionals confused about their obligations, but the response from the law society is clear — all Law Society of Upper Canada licensees are expected to have a statement of principles. ... [read more]