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Thursday, June 03, 2021 @ 9:02 AM

B.C. law society approves annual general meeting changes, moves on gender-inclusive language

The Law Society of British Columbia (LSBC) is officially permitting electronic participation at its annual general meetings (AGMs) and has moved to ensure its rules are gender neutral. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 01, 2021 @ 9:30 AM

LSO bolsters bylaws to fight money laundering Megan Shortreed, Paliare Roland Barristers

The Law Society of Ontario has approved changes to its bylaws in a bid to better protect its members from getting mixed up in money laundering schemes. The amendments, modelled after anti-money laundering (AML) guidelines set out by the Federation of Law Societies of Canada (FLSC), were passed during the LSO’s May 27 Convocation and are set to take hold Jan. 1, 2022. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 01, 2021 @ 8:44 AM

The legal business after COVID-19: What’s next? | Yair Elsner

There’s hardly an area of life that hasn’t been impacted by COVID-19, and the legal scene is no exception. With vaccinations rolling out, this is a good time to reflect on pandemic-related changes to the legal business and projections for the industry in the aftermath. Are the changes here to stay? Was it all bad or can we point to some positive outcomes? For one, client acquisition in the legal sector is one area that has become much more sophisticated due to the accelerated processes of digitalization. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 27, 2021 @ 9:40 AM

Ontario chief justice sheds light on stigma of mental illness at LSO event Ontario Chief Justice George Strathy

Offering a rare glimpse behind the judicial curtain, Ontario Chief Justice George R. Strathy recently shared moving memories of his mother’s mental illness as he encouraged members of the legal profession to exercise empathy and to talk openly to erase the stigma that still surrounds mental health challenges among lawyers and paralegals. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 26, 2021 @ 2:16 PM

Law firm marketing during a pandemic: Helpful tips and strategies to avoid Person in cellphone attracting people with magnet and target in background

Whether you are on Bay Street or a sole practitioner, COVID-19 has turned the practice of law, and most everything else, on its head. We are working from home when needed. We are adapting. And, while we continue to look forward to a return to (some form of) normalcy, changes impelled by the pandemic are likely here to stay. ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 25, 2021 @ 2:19 PM

Evolving law firm: Team hiring Man and woman in business suits

In a competitive legal market, it usually requires a sweet compensation package to retain and attract the most talented lawyers who can do work — and especially those who can bring in work. This can upset other partners who feel they too deserve more compensation. Any tool that can help lure or retain a lawyer that doesn’t cost money is of high value.     ... [read more]

Thursday, May 20, 2021 @ 9:14 AM

Articling relationship doesn’t require unique common law employment principles: B.C. Appeal Court

The B.C. Court of Appeal has ruled the relationship between articled students and their principals does not require any unique application of common law employment principles, in the case of a woman who claimed her articling agreement had been wrongfully terminated. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 20, 2021 @ 8:30 AM

Minding the pendulum | Sarah Leamon

After months of anticipation, Bill C-3 has received royal assent, becoming law.  ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 19, 2021 @ 9:54 AM

Lippes Mathias names new chair of firm

Lippes Mathias announced that it will combine the titles of managing partner and chairman. Kevin Cross, who has served as managing partner since 2015, will now assume both positions for the firm. ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 18, 2021 @ 3:35 PM

Osgoode hosts virtual internationally trained lawyers event on May 27

Osgoode Professional Development announced that it will celebrate internationally trained lawyers among Canada’s legal community at its seventh annual Osgoode’s Internationally Trained Lawyers Day (OITLD) on May 27. This year’s event will be held online. ... [read more]