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Monday, July 13, 2020 @ 12:04 PM

McInnes Cooper hires chief strategy and operations officer

McInnes Cooper announced the hire of a chief strategy and operations officer, Roberto Pont, who started with the firm July 6. ... [read more]

Monday, July 13, 2020 @ 11:37 AM

Pensions for all: How law firms can offer defined benefit pension plan | Dawn Marchand

For years, lawyers could only dream of the retirement benefits enjoyed by teachers, union workers and government employees: guaranteed lifetime retirement income courtesy of their defined benefit (DB) pension plans. Most employers in Canada are small to medium sized enterprises that simply don’t have the resources to implement and monitor a retirement arrangement. ... [read more]

Wednesday, July 08, 2020 @ 1:59 PM

Technology: End of the profession or a life raft lifesaver_hand_sm

In the past few years, technology has come a huge way. When you stop to think about it, the fact that many of us were able to continue working when the world locked down is a remarkable feat. Tools that help us to connect easier, to reduce dependencies on physical files, and to automate some aspects of our work have now been well and truly put to the test. There have undoubtedly been some glitches, hiccups and real challenges for us all, but the fact that by and large we were able to work through a pandemic is a huge achievement that we can attribute directly to technology. ... [read more]

Monday, July 06, 2020 @ 1:30 PM

In reflection: Lessons learned from practice | Ayaz Mehdi

Every lawyer can certainly relate to the statement that, “law schools rarely teach students about the business of law and its practical realities.” Three years from my bar call and a journey like no other, I take this opportunity to reflect on the lessons learned and if I could be so bold to part with some wisdom/advice for our future lawyers and for my esteemed colleagues already in the profession. ... [read more]

Friday, July 03, 2020 @ 10:28 AM

General counsel hold moral compass on anti-Black racism | Naveen Mehta

The GC Forum recently facilitated a frank discussion among more than 30 Canadian general counsel on the role of general counsel and chief legal officers in confronting anti-Black racism and anti-racism in their companies. Here are some of the takeaways from our panel. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 30, 2020 @ 12:12 PM

Tips for safe, legal videoconferencing Maskwearingcomputeruser.jpg

Due to COVID-19 and social distancing, we now have no better alternative to videoconferencing. It has essentially become the new default for meetings, but this has brought about a very serious question as to whether Zoom or other videoconferences are safe for lawyers, doctors, government organizations and others to use.  ... [read more]

Friday, June 26, 2020 @ 3:55 PM

‘Status quo is not an option’ as Donnelly becomes Law Society of Ontario treasurer Law Society of Ontario treasurer Teresa Donnelly

Teresa Donnelly has taken the reins as treasurer of the Law Society of Ontario, saying the time has come for a “careful and transformative shift” in the law society’s approach in regulating lawyers and paralegals while not losing sight of the law society’s duty to protect the public interest. ... [read more]

Friday, June 26, 2020 @ 2:33 PM

Where do you Zoom? | Chris Graham

Here’s the thing about working remotely: it takes something ordinary (your work) and makes it seem strange and unusual. Uncanny. If you’re lucky enough to keep working during quarantine, you’re doing the same thing you were before — but also not the same thing. The setting has changed, the context, the quality of the distractions. I’ve never met a lawyer who brought their cat to the office. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 23, 2020 @ 12:42 PM

Expert to lecture Manitoba lawyers on ‘practice portability’ Barron_Henley_sm

Lawyers turning to the latest technology to create reliable electronic case filing systems will be a key to having a “flexible office” when working remotely during the COVID-19 health crisis and beyond, says an expert set to lecture on the subject. Barron Henley, a tech expert with the Ohio-based Affinity Consulting Group, will speak to this for a June 24 webinar the Law Society of Manitoba is offering to its members. ... [read more]

Monday, June 22, 2020 @ 8:51 AM

The Coach: Managing growth: Communication and cash flow | Gary Mitchell

If you have been following this series, I’ve covered: When to hire, who to hire and getting your people in the right roles. This final column in the series will focus on communication and cash flow. ... [read more]