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Thursday, January 16, 2020 @ 2:03 PM

Shift from shareholder to stakeholder is upon us | Helle Bank Jorgensen

World leaders will soon be gathering in Davos, Switzerland, for the World Economic Forum. This year’s conversations will focus on strategic topics, including stakeholder responsibility, climate change, inequality and the stability of the world economy — the theme of this year's meeting being “Stakeholders for a Cohesive and Sustainable World.” ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 @ 10:45 AM

Why evolution of legal model desperately needed | Shama Rafiq

When it comes to access to justice, we often forget that the old law firm structures are a major deterrence to ensuring that anyone and everyone has a fair chance to having their day in court. ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 14, 2020 @ 12:49 PM

An evidence code to replace the many evidence acts | Ken Chasse

An evidence code is needed because, in R. v. Graat [1982] 2 S.C.R. 819, Justice Brian Dickson, delivering the judgment of the Supreme Court, stated: “We start with the reality that the law of evidence is burdened with a large number of cumbersome rules, with exclusions, and exceptions to the exclusions, and exceptions to the exceptions.” And now, that fragmentation of the law of evidence is much worse. ... [read more]

Monday, January 13, 2020 @ 2:52 PM

The impact of self representation: Long-term views | Gary Joseph

Much of the debate surrounding the tidal wave of self representation has focused on the difficulties posed by untrained individuals before the courts. Cases, previously advanced on the basis of fact and law, now often become overly emotional battlefields for the vetting of marital discord. Separated spouses can be subjected to aggressive and unnecessary cross-examination by a self-represented individual and judges, vexed between neutral adjudication, maintaining the dignity of proceedings and fair treatment to all, are being drawn into the process in a manner not consistent with their historical common law role. ... [read more]

Monday, January 13, 2020 @ 8:54 AM

Canada’s skilled worker programs: Year in review | Colin Singer

From a stable year at the federal level to a tumultuous 365 days of scrapped applications and reversed program changes in Quebec, there has been plenty to talk about in Canada’s skilled worker immigration field during 2019. ... [read more]

Friday, January 10, 2020 @ 1:02 PM

Eleven simple but effective law firm marketing resources | Jana Schilder

You don’t have to spend a fortune to start marketing your law firm. Here are 11 free or almost free places to start. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 09, 2020 @ 1:51 PM

Cherry’s firing: ‘Just cause’ worth fighting? | Sean O’Donnell

By now, most Canadians know about Don Cherry’s unfortunate statements during the Nov. 11, 2019, Coaches Corner segment of Hockey Night in Canada. For those of you who do not know, here’s a play by play: “You people love … that come here, whatever it is … you love our way of life, you love our milk and honey, at least you can pay a couple bucks for a poppy or something like that. These guys paid for your way of life that you enjoy in Canada, these guys paid the biggest price.” ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 08, 2020 @ 11:27 AM

Thinking like a startup: Why law firms should hire entrepreneurs-in-residence | Ashley Greene

With the increasing industrialization of law, thinking more like a startup can be helpful for firms looking to keep up with and get out ahead of market changes. While the overall outlook for growth in the Canadian legal industry remains positive for the next four years according to IBIS World’s industry analysis, the data also points to firms feeling the symptoms of the growing commoditization and disaggregation of legal services through increasingly constrained revenue growth. ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 07, 2020 @ 9:30 AM

The Coach: From solo to firm: Part one | Gary Mitchell

So, you want to grow up eh? Going from solo practice to building a firm is no easy feat. First, let me congratulate you from one entrepreneur to another. It takes guts, stamina, persistence, determination and a lot of hard work. What I intend to do in this two-part series is lay out what I believe are the key elements of growing from solo practice into a firm. ... [read more]

Monday, January 06, 2020 @ 2:42 PM

Multiple masters: A modern lawyer’s dilemma | Gary Joseph

The website for the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) states that it exists to govern the legal profession in the public interest. LSO governs its members through the Rules of Professional Conduct (the Rules). Professional standards for lawyers are governed by these regulatory codes but also by legal standards determined and imposed by the courts and by statute. The distinction between regulatory and court-imposed standards are often theoretical but at times not. The most recent example of where these standards may conflict can be found in the now resolved dispute between lawyer Joseph Groia and the LSO. ... [read more]