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Monday, January 14, 2019 @ 8:55 AM

In-house counsel relying on expert help to run departments Warren Bongard

Legal departments south of the border are evolving to meet changing expectations from senior management, and that evolution includes reaching out for a helping hand to ensure legal departments are run like business units, according to the 2018 Chief Legal Officer Survey from legal consultants Altman Weil. The trend is not unique to the United States, however, legal experts from Canada told The Lawyer’s Daily. ... [read more]

Friday, January 11, 2019 @ 12:59 PM

Proposed changes to Law Society Tribunal Rules of Practice highlight modernization, accessibility Isfahan Merali sm

Improved accessibility through technology, plain language and transparency are some of the goals behind proposed changes to the Law Society Tribunal’s Rules of Practice, which committee members hope will lead to enhanced best practices for the tribunal. The Law Society of Ontario’s (LSO) Tribunal Committee has invited stakeholders and the public to provide comment on the proposed changes up until Jan. 15. ... [read more]

Friday, January 11, 2019 @ 9:02 AM

Incorporating your law firm a great tax planning tool tax_saving_sm

Want to reduce the taxes you pay in 2019? Consider incorporating your legal practice. ... [read more]

Friday, January 11, 2019 @ 9:00 AM

Quebec legal tech company, law firm team up to tap into entrepreneur market Gilles de Saint-Exupéry

A Quebec regional law firm has signed an exclusive partnership agreement with a Montreal legal tech firm to offer turnkey, fixed-price legal services to Quebec entrepreneurs in a move that legal insiders forecast will be occurring more frequently in the Quebec legal scene. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 09, 2019 @ 8:59 AM

Hi-Tech: Legal translation technology a matter of trust | Luigi Benetton

Companies that file documents with the System for Electronic Document Analysis and Retrieval (SEDAR) often need to ensure they are in both of Canada’s official languages. Document translation is expensive. Can businesses avoid this expense? After all, it’s 2019. Free translation services abound online. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 09, 2019 @ 6:24 AM - Last Updated: Wednesday, January 09, 2019 @ 11:44 AM

Incoming Alberta law society president-elect highlights articling, access to justice as challenges Kent Teskey, Alberta Law Society president-elect

The incoming president-elect of the Law Society of Alberta is looking to address rapid change in the legal profession and ensuring lawyers are properly trained to meet modern challenges after he takes on the mantle of leadership in February. Kent Teskey of Edmonton’s Pringle Chivers Sparks takes over from current president-elect Rob Armstrong in February and then takes the top job in 2020. He has served as a bencher since 2015. He said he decided to seek the top job after becoming involved in the legal aid system in Alberta, in which the law society has a governance role. ... [read more]

Thursday, December 20, 2018 @ 8:33 AM

Serving court papers still requires personal touch, unless conditions are met, court finds David_Fraser_sm

There may come a time when the rules around serving someone court papers via social media will relax, but the traditional method of personal delivery will remain the primary means for the foreseeable future. ... [read more]

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 @ 8:32 AM

New legal café offers alternative to law office, owner says Dale Barrett

It’s the only law firm around where one can tuck into a barbecue chicken wrap and pumpkin spice latte while getting divorced, drafting a will or dealing with a tax dispute. ... [read more]

Tuesday, December 18, 2018 @ 8:30 AM

The Coach: Improve productivity, profitability through engagement | Gary Mitchell

Do you feel your employees are not fully engaged? What would your team look and act like if they were more engaged? How would this affect your clients? How would this impact and improve your bottom line? ... [read more]

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 @ 11:31 AM

LSO approves enhancements to lawyer licensing model, as benchers warn against maintaining status quo Peter Wardle sm

After a lengthy debate, the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) voted to maintain the current lawyer licensing model, but has added three “enhancements”: required salary for articling positions, audits of articling placements and mandatory training for articling principals. ... [read more]