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Tuesday, February 11, 2020 @ 8:43 AM

Stopping coronavirus: Precautions for business travellers coronavirus_stop_sm

For the past month, the world has been on alert after the identification of a novel coronavirus. Governments around the world have been taking action to stop the spread of the disease across international borders. However, the primary responsibility to ensure the containment of the virus falls to individual travellers themselves. There are a number of steps that should be taken by business travellers during this state of emergency to ensure that each is doing their part to protect the public health. ... [read more]

Monday, February 10, 2020 @ 1:41 PM

What every firm should know about e-discovery: Myths and misconceptions ediscovery_software_sm

It’s no exaggeration to say that the legal profession is at an existential crossroads. There is no aspect of the law business that isn’t in flux, and in many cases, those changes are the direct result of technological innovations that are rendering old models obsolete. It should be no surprise that technology is affecting every aspect of law, and no area is experiencing a more profound shift than discovery. Firms know that they need to adopt e-discovery, but they’re not sure how to implement or manage the transition. ... [read more]

Friday, February 07, 2020 @ 12:53 PM

Franchise litigation preliminary checklist checklist_litigation_sm

Here is a basic preliminary checklist for litigation counsel involved in a franchise dispute, whether representing franchisor or franchisee. ... [read more]

Friday, February 07, 2020 @ 12:26 PM

How to make one year’s salary without working a single day Contract.jpg

In its recent decision in Quach v. Mitrux Services Ltd. 2020 BCCA 25, the B.C. Court of Appeal offered some helpful guidance and clarity on several important employment law issues, in particular relating to fixed-term employees. ... [read more]

Thursday, February 06, 2020 @ 1:21 PM

Climate change: Risks but also opportunities for agribusiness climate_agribusiness_sm

Global population is on the rise and expected to reach 9.8 billion in 2050 according to a 2017 United Nations report. Global per capita food consumption rates are at an all-time high (and expected to continue to increase). The demands placed on agribusinesses to meet global needs are significant and growing, making the industry’s role more important than ever. The pressure to keep pace with demand and to do so in a sustainable way sits heavily on the food and agricultural sector. ... [read more]

Wednesday, February 05, 2020 @ 11:07 AM

Robot justice: China’s use of Internet courts Robotscales

Would it scare you if I said that China has been doing this since 2017? In December 2019, China has announced that millions of legal cases are now being decided by “Internet courts” that do not require citizens to appear in court. The “smart court” includes non-human judges, powered by artificial intelligence (AI) and allows participants to register their cases online and resolve their matters via a digital court hearing. ... [read more]

Wednesday, February 05, 2020 @ 9:06 AM

Top 10 business decisions of 2019: From bankruptcy to beer top_ten_sm

To kick off the new year right, here is a listing of the Top 10 business decisions in Canada for 2019. The listing will be in the form of a two-part series, which begins below with numbers 6-10, in ascending order. ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 04, 2020 @ 1:06 PM

Navigating international business negotiations: Four challenges compass_business_sm

We lawyers are often criticized for being too parochial. This is certainly not an appealing attribute for legal advisers who work internationally. We need to be unprejudiced and open-minded. Acting as in-house or external counsel for an international company is a fascinating experience. It requires refined preparation and sensitivity to successfully perform as a trusted adviser in a global business and legal environment. ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 04, 2020 @ 11:57 AM

Justice Canada general counsel named to Quebec Superior Court

The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced on Feb. 3 that Nancy Bonsaint, general counsel at Justice Canada, is appointed a puisne judge of the Superior Court of Quebec for the district of Quebec. ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 04, 2020 @ 9:32 AM

Lenczner Slaght partners with McCarthy Tétrault to expand women’s referral program Sana_Halwani_sm

Lenczner Slaght has partnered with McCarthy Tétrault to expand a resource list for lawyers who want to refer files to women. The program is called ReferToHer and was launched by Lenczner Slaght in June 2019. “Even though we’ve made lots of progress for women in the profession, there’s still a lack of equilibrium between how many referrals go out to women and how many go out to men,” said Sana Halwani, a partner at Lenczner Slaght who helped start the program with fellow partner Shara Roy. ... [read more]