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Friday, March 20, 2020 @ 2:21 PM

What you have to know when pandemic forces you to work from home | Russell Bennett

When I started my law firm (of one) almost two years ago, I decided to work from home. ... [read more]

Friday, March 20, 2020 @ 12:05 PM

Three new associates for Hicks Morley in Toronto

Hicks Morley announced that three new associates have joined the firm in its Toronto office, Lesley Campbell, Jennifer Querney and Rebecca Liu. ... [read more]

Friday, March 20, 2020 @ 11:25 AM

COVID-19: Family law going forward | Gary Joseph

The rush to find alternate ways to assist clients is remarkable. The level of suffering from this pandemic is undeniable but for the family law bar, adversity has spawned a reinvigorated effort to find ways to move matters forward, creatively craft dispute resolution methods and work towards settlement. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 19, 2020 @ 3:18 PM

Ontario passes two pieces of legislation to protect workers, municipalities during COVID-19

On March 19, the government of Ontario passed two pieces of legislation in response to growing concerns over COVID-19 and its impact on workers. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 19, 2020 @ 2:22 PM

What B.C.’s gender equity plan means for diversity, access to justice | Kurt Sandstrom

In 2018, British Columbia committed to advancing gender equality by ensuring that gender equity is reflected in all budget, policy and program decisions. Gender-Based Analysis Plus (GBA-Plus) is now a required component of all cabinet, budget and Treasury Board submissions. The benefits of this analysis are exciting and sometimes unexpected. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 19, 2020 @ 1:17 PM

Top next generation lead boosting tactics for law firms | Fran Jakubowicz

In terms of marketing spend, the legal industry is one of the most aggressive, with North American law firms spending anywhere from two to 10 per cent of their revenue on marketing activities, and 65 per cent of that amount is devoted to digital marketing activities. Yet, with law firms everywhere scrambling for space on every available digital platform, and with an average conversion rate of approximately two per cent on traditional website lead generation forms, conventional digital marketing tactics are having to create new ways to reach their audience. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 19, 2020 @ 9:32 AM

Placing maximum on human rights awards inadequate for most serious violations: lawyer David_Newman_wide_sm

Manitoba’s plan to cap the amount of money its Human Rights Commission can award to complainants will shut the door on adequately righting serious wrongs and fail to “educate and deter” powerful perpetrators, says a lawyer. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 19, 2020 @ 9:21 AM

Condo life in time of COVID-19 masked girl

On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 as a pandemic, with the number of cases outside China increasing thirteenfold over the past two weeks. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 19, 2020 @ 8:22 AM

COVID-19 court closures: What to make of it and what to do | Gary Joseph

At the risk of some serious pushback, am I the only one upset by the Supreme Court of Justice shutdown? We are facing a serious health crisis that cannot be understated. We all need to implement safe office procedures, limit personal contact and perhaps more but we also have to continue to represent families who cannot sit on the sidelines while the courts are closed. Many are in need of support and cannot bring motions. Many are not seeing their children and cannot seek access. What happened to telephone conference calls, Skype and Zoom access? Do we simply park all our matters that are urgent but will not meet the test for urgency? ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 @ 1:55 PM

Mining merger, acquisition trends Undergroundmining.jpg

In 2018, there were a reported 824 mergers and acquisitions (M&A) transactions in the mining space in North America, with an estimated deal value of $15.8 billion. In 2019, the number of transactions shrank to 677 while the estimated total deal value rose to $58.4 billion. ... [read more]