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Thursday, October 12, 2017 @ 3:08 PM

SCC to hear novel case on lawyers’ liability for client referrals that go bad Doug Mitchell

The Supreme Court of Canada has announced it will address for the first time the legal jeopardy and financial liability faced by lawyers when their referrals of clients to other service providers turn sour. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 @ 12:51 PM

Ontario challenges legal technology firms to use artificial intelligence Chris Bentley

There is $80,000 in seed funding to be won by Ontario-based technology companies that can apply artificial intelligence (AI) to legal innovation. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 @ 8:47 AM

Tax treatments of professional corporations: How to change

Professional corporations allow lawyers to enjoy the tax benefits of a small business corporation, although not the limited liability protection. The professional corporation is the most tax efficient structure available for a sole proprietorship or small partnership. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 04, 2017 @ 1:13 PM

Self-represented litigants invited to Ontario law schools for awareness event Julie Macfarlane

Law schools across Ontario will have fuller classes than usual on Oct. 4. That’s when self-represented litigants will be taking in lectures alongside regular students. Classroom attendance is just one of the activities planned for Self-Represented Litigants Awareness Day. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 04, 2017 @ 9:00 AM

Hi-Tech: Outdated technology bad for your client, firm and the law | Luigi Benetton

BlackBerries still serve their owners well. But other outdated technologies still being uses by Canadian lawyers can cause consequences worse than teasing. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 28, 2017 @ 11:03 AM

CBA asks Ottawa for 'robust' protections for solicitor-client privilege at U.S. border Cyndee Todgham Cherniak

The Trudeau government should rewrite two intrusive customs bills that raise the risks at the Canada-U.S. border of abusive strip searches and interrogations of Canadian travellers by U.S. preclearance officials, violations of solicitor-client privilege and unconstitutional searches of cell phones and other electronic devices, the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) has advised Parliament. ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 @ 9:27 AM

LSUC implements reporting requirements for diversity and inclusion Paul Schabas sm

The Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC) has implemented new annual reporting requirements that lawyers and paralegals must comply with before the year ends. The mandatory actions include creating a statement of principles and a human rights and diversity policy. ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 @ 8:44 AM

Managing partners who empower associates, staff, have more profitable law firms

Management is getting work done through other people. Yet, there is no course called “Managing Partner 101” in law school. ... [read more]

Monday, September 11, 2017 @ 8:58 AM

Hi-Tech: Firms taking measures to ease clients' cybersecurity concerns | Luigi Benetton

You can protect client data from malicious hackers, right? Prove it. “We have a request a month from clients to demonstrate how secure we are,” said Lionel Cochey, director of information security governance and risk management for Bennett Jones LLP. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 07, 2017 @ 1:05 PM

UBC course seeks to teach law students impact of colonialism on First Nations Patricia Barkaskas and Dana-Lyn Mackenzie

Law school is in, and this year the University of British Columbia is offering students, faculty, staff and alumni the opportunity to see the world through new eyes. It has launched a Cultural Competency Certificate — believed to be the first in the country — to help participants connect with the Indigenous community and reflect on the impact of Canada’s colonial legal system. ... [read more]