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Monday, December 23, 2019 @ 9:05 AM

Norton Rose Fulbright sees the light with its new bright, open workspace Norton Rose Fulbright

Terry Dobbin, the managing partner at Norton Rose Fulbright’s Toronto office, was on a business trip with a colleague recently when he heard something surprising. His fellow lawyer said she couldn’t wait to return to the firm’s totally redesigned digs at the landmark TD Centre in the city’s financial district.   ... [read more]

Monday, December 23, 2019 @ 8:01 AM

The Coach: Where are the profits? Part two | Gary Mitchell

If you recall in our previous column, we looked at conducting audits to measure where you are in certain areas. In part two of this installment we are going to take a look at what you can do with that information to become more profitable. ... [read more]

Thursday, December 19, 2019 @ 8:56 AM

Nine startling Google factoids about law firm marketing | Jana Schilder

1. Fact: Google owns 93 per cent of all web searches. ... [read more]

Wednesday, December 18, 2019 @ 8:33 AM

Law societies adopting rules to fight money-laundering clients Leah_Kosokowsky_sm

The new year will bring new rules for Manitoba’s lawyers and many of their peers across the country when it comes to safeguarding themselves against being unwittingly used in money laundering schemes. ... [read more]

Tuesday, December 17, 2019 @ 2:41 PM

Top trends for law firms on social media in 2020 Lawyer surrounded by computers

To stay relevant in today's social media environment, law firms must keep an eye on emerging social patterns. Social media, when used properly, can be a useful tool when it comes to establishing industry relationships, connecting with new clients and staying up to date on business trends. As 2020 approaches, law firms must start planning their social strategy for the new year. ... [read more]

Tuesday, December 17, 2019 @ 12:10 PM

Dilemma of maternity leave | Leena Yousefi and Julianne Yeager

This article is written by two mothers who are also lawyers. This is not an article about feminism. This is an article about the harsh reality female lawyers face when they decide to have a child. ... [read more]

Friday, December 13, 2019 @ 8:41 AM

Alberta law society holds practice fees steady, moves on strategic plan Alberta Law Society president Rob Armstrong

The Alberta Law Society’s final bencher meeting of the year was a look towards the future as it finalized its 2020 budget as well as the strategic plan which will guide it in the future. Benchers passed the 2020 business plan and budget at the meeting, which was held in Edmonton Dec. 5. ... [read more]

Wednesday, December 11, 2019 @ 9:56 AM

Indigenous intercultural competency education ‘fundamental’ for lawyers in B.C.: law society VP Dean Lawton, Law Society of British Columbia (LSBC)

Hot on the heels of the B.C. government’s plans to bring its laws into harmony with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), the provincial law society has made it a future requirement for all lawyers in the province to take a course on Indigenous intercultural competency aimed at enhancing their understanding of the history of Aboriginal-Crown relations, the history and legacy of residential schools and how specific legislation regarding Indigenous peoples created the issues that reconcilation seeks to address. ... [read more]

Wednesday, December 11, 2019 @ 8:41 AM

How to foster lawyer engagement best_practice_sm

Young lawyers (i.e., junior associates) have a lot to win when they choose to join a law firm after graduation, but retaining young lawyers can be challenging. ... [read more]

Tuesday, December 10, 2019 @ 11:57 AM

Downey stresses modernization in unveiling reforms to legal aid, law society legislation Doug Downey sm

Bill 161, the Smarter and Stronger Justice Act, introduced by Attorney General Doug Downey on Dec. 9, proposes amendments to over 20 Acts and, if passed, will impact the legal regulator, Legal Aid Ontario (LAO), class actions and how lawyers practise in different areas across the province. ... [read more]