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Monday, September 26, 2022 @ 9:19 AM

Innovation sandbox: Threat or opportunity to lawyers? | Jo-Anne Stark

Dear Jo: ... [read more]

Monday, September 26, 2022 @ 8:32 AM

Why expert handwriting analysis still matters handwriting

Several times, questions are raised by one of the parties on the authenticity of a signature or writing inscribed on a holographic will or other legal document. Once this doubt is brought in front of the attorney, he/she proceeds to get an opinion from a forensic document examiner who by his/her knowledge, skill, education and experience conducts his/her analysis. ... [read more]

Friday, September 23, 2022 @ 1:48 PM

Alberta Court of Appeal weighs in on manifest unfairness, part one A finger pushing down on one side of scale

In ENMAX Energy Corporation v. TransAlta Generation Partnership, 2022 ABCA 206, the Alberta Court of Appeal (the court) clarified what constitutes “manifest unfairness” within arbitration procedure sufficient to deprive a party of presenting a case, or defending itself, and therefore warranting set aside of the arbitration award under s. 45(1)(f) of the Arbitration Act, RSA 2000, c A-43 (the Act). ... [read more]

Friday, September 23, 2022 @ 11:52 AM

How do I know if I am on my way to burning out? | Rob De Toni

Burnout. It’s a hot topic in the legal profession today and has been ever since the beginning of the pandemic. But what exactly is burnout, and how can you tell if you are on your way to burning out? ... [read more]

Friday, September 23, 2022 @ 10:53 AM

Lending to limited partnerships, real estate investment trusts Coins on a scale

Loan transactions frequently involve non-corporate entities like limited partnerships (LPs) and real estate investment trusts (REITs). Lenders should know how to adapt their practices and procedures when dealing with such entities. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 22, 2022 @ 1:57 PM

Pitfalls of post-closing price adjustments Wrench with dollar sign on it

Post-closing price adjustment provisions may assist in negotiating some transactions. While the courts do not warmly embrace such provisions, they are clearly permissible if drafted properly. However, if they lack sufficient precision they can foment significant uncertainty and litigation. Niebergal v. QHR Technologies Inc., 2020 SKQB 327, (affirmed Niebergal v. QHR Technologies Inc., 2022 SKCA 85) is one such example. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 22, 2022 @ 1:34 PM

Patagonia ownership transfer: Lawyering for 21st century | Heidi J.T. Exner Back to school

The 83-year-old Patagonia founder and ex-billionaire Yvon Chouinard raised eyebrows earlier this month when he proclaimed “Earth is now our only shareholder,” and transferred ownership of his private company to a non-profit and trust. Holdfast Collective now owns 98 per cent of Patagonia’s stock, which constitutes the entirety of its non-voting shares. This means it stands to benefit economically to the tune of an estimated $100 million per annum in profits, paid as dividends. However, this ownership does not afford the non-profit control over Patagonia’s business operations. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 22, 2022 @ 12:38 PM

Gowling WLG hires counsel to co-lead cybersecurity group

Gowling WLG welcomed Antoine Guilmain to the firm as counsel and co-leader of the cybersecurity and data protection group in Canada. He will be based in the firm’s Montreal office. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 22, 2022 @ 10:17 AM

Lawyers: Learn to network and generate new business | Mark Borkowski

No profession is as bad as generating new business and generating new clients as lawyers. Why? Lawyers do not know how to network. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 21, 2022 @ 5:04 PM

[ Legal Wire ] - RCMP corruption investigation results in bribery, fraud charges against Montreal-based company

The RCMP have laid charges of bribery and fraud against a Montreal-based company and four of its executives under the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act and the Criminal Code, in connection with an investigation into international corruption. ... [read more]