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Tuesday, February 09, 2021 @ 1:30 PM

The Coach: Small firm succession planning part two | Gary Mitchell

In part one of this column, I covered the first three steps to succession planning: deciding on your timeline for retirement, increasing the value of your practice or firm, and branding/setting up a new legal entity. ... [read more]

Friday, February 05, 2021 @ 2:42 PM

Practising during a pandemic: How to do more with less Arrow pierces through bullseye of three targets

COVID-19 has been a tailwind to growth and prosperity for many businesses. Part of the reason for their prosperity is because they have the size, infrastructure and money to weather lockdowns. This has ultimately concentrated business in fewer hands and created a competitive advantage over smaller organizations. The practice of law is no different. ... [read more]

Wednesday, February 03, 2021 @ 3:00 PM

Stocking your resilience toolbox: How to be proactive in managing stress | Rob De Toni

There was a time when I thought that being resilient simply meant I had to suck it up and put on a brave face whenever I was going through something difficult. No complaining and no whining. Just tough it out, and, in the end, I will be stronger for it. I mean, as a litigation lawyer, shouldn’t I just be able to put on my armour to make everything OK? ... [read more]

Wednesday, February 03, 2021 @ 2:19 PM

Wellness: Rights and obligations | Darryl Singer

I, like most Ontarians, am tired. Tired of the stay-at-home order that’s more of a suggestion than an actual order. Tired of not being able to go the places I enjoy. Tired of not being able to take a long overdue vacation to somewhere warm. Tired of not seeing the sunshine for the last two months. Tired of my family (I love them but if we’re being honest, we all need a teensy break from one another right now). Tired of following the rules. And yet, the last 10 months have also allowed me to shelter in place with a harmonious family, continue to do the work I love with colleagues who motivate and challenge me, earn a living and reclaim all of that commuting time to actually be less stressed and spend more quality time with my family.   ... [read more]

Wednesday, February 03, 2021 @ 2:18 PM

Strategic plan to guide B.C. law society in 2021: president B.C. law society president Dean Lawton

The Law Society of British Columbia (LSBC) has jumped into 2021 with a new head at its bencher table and a new strategic plan to guide its efforts. ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 02, 2021 @ 2:49 PM

OBA names new Innovator in Residence

The Ontario Bar Association (OBA) announced that Friedrich Blase has been named this year’s OBA Innovator in Residence. ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 02, 2021 @ 8:50 AM

Petty government action in British Columbia | Kyla Lee

Our government is wasteful with our courts. They use the court to pursue petty claims against ordinary people that really do not need to be litigated. I don’t say this lightly. I say this after reading a recent decision from the B.C. Supreme Court in British Columbia (Attorney General) v. Guo 2021 BCSC 97. ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 02, 2021 @ 8:37 AM

Digitization of estate industry: Contextual framework Hand holding a digital lightbulb

Part three in this estate industry digitization series delved into the five considerations for digitization readiness. This article examines the contextual framework for success. ... [read more]

Friday, January 29, 2021 @ 1:43 PM

Interactive video disrupting legal industry in 2021 | Fran Jakubowicz

Lawyers everywhere share the same pain points when it comes to lead generation. They pay a heavy price for leads, anywhere from $35 to $350, or more. Even with the best possible targeting, the highest quality landing pages and kickass ad copy, most firms struggle to close a high percentage of those leads. ... [read more]

Friday, January 29, 2021 @ 10:42 AM

Determining clout of Queen’s Counsel designation | Sarah Leamon

Aside from the distinction it provides to recipients appearing in courtrooms at all levels, a Queen’s Counsel (QC) designation also signals a sense of esteem amongst other members of the bar and the greater public. It is a tradition steeped in professionalism and privilege, which begs the question: should it continue? ... [read more]