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Wednesday, January 13, 2021 @ 1:08 PM

The year that flew by in slow motion | William Woodward

What a year 2020 was. As I entered into my role as chair of the Federation of Ontario Law Associations (FOLA) in November of 2020, I contemplated the year ahead and the goals FOLA hoped to achieve. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 13, 2021 @ 12:37 PM

Law or journalism: In these troubled times, what matters more? | David Israelson

This new year brings a big anniversary for me, marking the time when I decided to work as a journalist rather than in law. If I were faced with the same decision today, I’m not sure what I’d do. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 13, 2021 @ 8:41 AM

How one lawyer helps young litigators through modern training | Aaron Baer

“There are known knowns … there are known unknowns … but there are also unknown unknowns — the ones we don’t know we don’t know … it is the latter category that tends to be the difficult ones.” — Donald Rumsfeld, former U.S. secretary of defence. Law students and young lawyers often find themselves in the world of unknown unknowns. And that is a dangerous and very stressful place to reside. ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 12, 2021 @ 11:47 AM

Environmental law in Canada: Three storylines to watch in 2021 | Devon Page

It is a new year and the pandemic rages on. Yet hope is on the horizon. ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 12, 2021 @ 8:21 AM

Business valuations during COVID: Timing is everything COVID_business_sm

COVID-19 has had a significant impact, whether temporarily or permanently, on the earnings and value of many businesses. With the news of the vaccine rollout, temporary impacts, which started with the pandemic lockdowns, should soon start to fade. However, the value of a business could vary significantly depending on the valuation date and the current stage of the pandemic. ... [read more]

Monday, January 11, 2021 @ 8:24 AM

Cross-firm collaboration one result of innovative legal tech: part two legal_it_sm

Law firms and in-house legal departments are training their lawyers on or have divisions specialized in legal project management, reporting, knowledge management, pricing proposals and use of digital platforms. Moreover, some of these legal teams promote the use of smart contracts and blockchain technology, which aim to provide two important goals in the legal business: certainty and security in the transactions. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 07, 2021 @ 3:06 PM

Province did not owe private law duty of care in flooding case, B.C. Court of Appeal says

A long-lasting dispute over a flood in British Columbia’s southern interior is headed back to trial after B.C.’s highest court ruled the initial decision in the matter had a number of errors which need to be revisited. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 07, 2021 @ 2:19 PM

Key energy themes from 2020 that will carry into 2021 Handholding

While COVID-19 management was the dominant policy focus of 2020, green and energy policies continued to be moved forward at all levels of government. For our “year in review,” we set out below selected energy policies from 2020 which will continue to attract political and investment interest into 2021. We hope you find them interesting. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 07, 2021 @ 8:32 AM

Cross-firm collaboration one result of innovative legal tech: part one legal_IT_sm

At 5 p.m. on a Wednesday, a senior partner of a law firm in Toronto received a call from the general counsel (GC) of one of her clients based in Australia. During the call, the GC explained in detail a strategic M&A opportunity that had just emerged. It involved the acquisition of a corporation with significant assets in Canada, France, Italy, Germany, South Africa, Russia, India and eight countries in Latin America. As the chief legal officer of the corporation, she would manage the efforts of her team internally but needed the assistance from her external counsel with the proposed transaction. Legalese was not only absent in the call, but also disdained. Modern international legal counsel speak business in plain English and assume the use of technology in legal matters. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 06, 2021 @ 2:34 PM

Animal law bids goodbye 2020, greetings to brighter future | Victoria Shroff

Goodbye to the year 2020, which for me started with being invited to guest speak on animal law in Asia and England. Tremendous fun to see people in person and to engage in animal law discussions. Did I mention these guest speaking events were all live and in person? Actually seeing people live, no masks, shaking hands, no distance. ... [read more]