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Wednesday, August 19, 2020 @ 11:37 AM

Lawyers protest LSO’s ‘mean-spirited’ proposals on fee exemptions Bob Aaron

The Law Society of Ontario (LSO) is looking at removing exemptions from paying annual fees for some older members of the profession, a move which some lawyers are saying would be “mean-spirited” and could lead to people no longer providing service to the public. ... [read more]

Monday, August 17, 2020 @ 1:57 PM - Last Updated: Thursday, September 10, 2020 @ 4:59 PM

So you’re working from home: Deduct expenses and pay less tax Man sitting at desk

Almost all of us have been working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic and many of us will continue to work from home for some time to come. Google just announced that it is going to have its employees work from home for at least the next year, and personally I have no immediate plans to bring all my employees back to my office. ... [read more]

Friday, August 14, 2020 @ 9:51 AM

Top OBA leadership begins new era of diversity Charlene Theodore sm

As a longtime advocate for diversity in the legal profession, Charlene Theodore says she’ll continue that work in her new role as president of the Ontario Bar Association (OBA), while supporting members still grappling with the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. ... [read more]

Thursday, August 13, 2020 @ 1:25 PM

Revenue generation: What law firms can learn from tech companies | Sumathi Pundit

For years, tech companies have been leading the way when it comes to creating scalable revenue engines. With many tech darlings like DocuSign, HubSpot and Salesforce experiencing extremely fast growth and market domination, it begs the question — what’s their secret sauce? ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 12, 2020 @ 9:37 AM

LSO annual general meeting shows pandemic, equity challenges facing law society going forward Joseph Groia

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the professional and personal lives of lawyers and paralegals, but the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) is in a good position to deal with the fallout — that was the message arising from the society’s 2020 annual general meeting (AGM) as the profession met virtually for a meeting which had been forced to change its original date. ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 12, 2020 @ 8:27 AM

Navigating the modern courtroom: Embracing the change | Karen Heath

The incessant tap-tapping of an enthusiastic typist is part of the steady thrum of courtroom din that you become accustomed to during a lengthy matter. The feverish note taking of a second chair grasping on to each uttered word from the witness is often punctuated by the distinctive tap of the enter key. A new line, a break in thought, nary a breath taken by the witness; and the melody resumes. For opposing counsel (and maybe even co-counsel) it is likely a nuisance. Depending on the real estate of the courtroom, it may border on intrusive. ... [read more]

Tuesday, August 11, 2020 @ 12:26 PM

You’re being headhunted by a legal recruiter. Now what? | Rahul Parmar

Imagine this: you are in your second year as a corporate lawyer at a leading law firm. You have just completed your performance review as an associate lawyer for a large law firm. You are exhausted but you have again surpassed the required 1,800 billable hours and were told by the partners that you are a huge asset to the team. Of course, this was at the cost of seeing your friends and family and losing sleep to sit through conference call after conference call late at night about a deal you did not think would ever go through. ... [read more]

Tuesday, August 11, 2020 @ 9:35 AM

Fifty shades of compliance: Automating privacy impact assessments automated_privacy_assessment_sm

What we consider to be private is subjective and contextual. Our views on privacy vary depending on the nuances of the culture, values and technology our personal data is handled within. This is why privacy does not always fit within the black and white letter of the law. Rather, privacy is a myriad of shades of grey. What further adds to the complexity of privacy is our fluctuating level of trust with companies that collect, use and disclose our personal information. ... [read more]

Monday, August 10, 2020 @ 1:27 PM

Why so few Black partners in Canada’s top law firms? | Ryan Watkins

The highest echelons of the top law firms in Canada have a diversity problem. Only one per cent of the partners at the top 40 law firms are Black. Simply put, the largest firms in the country are failing to hire and promote Black lawyers. ... [read more]

Friday, August 07, 2020 @ 9:56 AM

Administrative suspensions, fee payments top of mind at LSO Convocation Law Society of Ontario (LSO) treasurer Teresa Donnelly

Burden reduction and regulatory modernization were the topics of the day as benchers of the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) met for their August Convocation. The meeting, which was once again held on the videoconferencing platform Zoom, saw Convocation endorse five recommendations on trust accounts, administrative suspension and payment of fees. ... [read more]