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Canadian Legal Newswire - Mar 14
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Editor’s Note

This week, we kick off our 2011 Canadian Lawyer Legal Fees survey. This annual poll is one of our most popular and asks the legal profession to provide some basic fee benchmarks — what lawyers are actually charging for various transactions and services, nationally and regionally, in multiple practice areas. The results of this survey are extremely useful to individual lawyers as well as firms, and that's why we're asking you to take the time to complete a few brief questions.

Our editors will collect all the data, then break out the results nationally and regionally, to provide an overview of the economic health of the profession. As well, we can use these figures to compare with other year's results and see any marketplace impact on the delivery of legal services.

To thank you for taking the time to participate in this survey, you have a chance to win a Kobo e-reader plus matching Roots leather cover.

Results of the survey will be published in the June 2011 issue of Canadian Lawyer. Please click here to fill it out. The survey closes April 15, 2011.

Gail J. Cohen
Editorial Director
gail.cohen@thomsonreuters.com



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News

Firms' hiring reflects cautious optimism
Law Times
Canadian law firms are recruiting experienced heads as they accelerate out of the downturn, according to a market expert.

Cheers for queers
Canadian Lawyer 4Students
In the cover story of the Spring issue of Canadian Lawyer 4Students, you'll read how lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered law students still face unique challenges but find Canadian law schools and firms are generally welcoming and accepting.



$1-billion Magna deal's fairness scrutinized
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
The Ontario Securities Commission encouraged "despotic behaviour" in the markets by allowing the $1-billion deal that saw Frank Stronach cede his tight grip on Magna International Inc., a University of Toronto law professor and securities expert told a recent roundtable exploring the fairness of the deal.

Become an articling superstar
Canadian Lawyer 4Students
Being hired back is only one aspect of succeeding during your term as a student-at-law.



Bencher Election

News

Constructive dismissal nets worker $40K more
Law Times
A man who opted to continue working for his employer during a dispute over a major pay cut has received a further $40,000 after a judge ruled in his favour late last year.

10 things you really need to know to practise law
Canadian Lawyer 4Students
Law school is just the beginning of a legal career. With the call to the bar comes a whole new set of people and a whole new set of skills. What more do you need to know besides the law? Michael McKiernan canvassed practitioners across the country to find out what they've learned from the school of legal hard knocks.

LSUC delays in Igbinosun case an 'abuse of process'
Law Times
A Law Society of Upper Canada panel has stayed a decade-old proceeding against a Toronto lawyer accused of misconduct after concluding that delays in the case amounted to an abuse of process, but the regulator has until the end of this week to appeal.

Video: Ontario Legal News Update
Law Times
Get the latest news in the Ontario Legal News Update for the week of March 21 with Law Times editor Glenn Kauth.



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News

Winnipeg universities launch legal help centre
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
Last spring, the Winnipeg and Manitoba universities mingled inspiration, hard work, and solid planning to create a legal help centre. Almost exactly one year later, this dream is now planted, quite solidly, in the reality of the University of Winnipeg's campus.

Appeal court sets time limits on BIA actions
Law Times
The Ontario Court of Appeal has delivered a precedent-setting decision that places a time limit on court actions filed by creditors under s. 38 of the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act.

Tips from the top - spring 2011
Canadian Lawyer 4Students
4Students goes right to the top of the courts and gets some advice, tips, and trenchant thoughts from some of the most esteemed members of the bench in this country. We asked the judges to give us their two cents on some penetrating questions.

Former tax judge dies
Law Times
Former Tax Court of Canada judge Murray Mogan died last week at the age of 81. Click
here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.



Ontario Directory

Commentary

Enough of scandals and severance
Law Times
As outrage grows over repeated scandals and incompetence by public officials, governments are compounding the spending problems with what the public believes are outrageous severance packages for fired employees.

How things have changed
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, editorial
In the spring of 2008, we ran a story in one of our sister publications about what it was like to be a gay or lesbian associate in a law firm. But even just three years ago, it was very difficult to get any LGBT lawyers to speak on the record. We eventually found a few associates at large firms, not on Bay Street, to willingly talk about their experiences, but it was a tough slog.

Insider trading can be so easy
Canadiadn Lawyer, online
Until I read Tip and Trade: How Two Lawyers Made Millions from Insider Trading, I had no idea just how easy insider trading could be, writes Damian Penny in his Law Library book review.




Does swearing an oath make a difference?
Law Times
Almost everyone who has been engaged in the trial process has wondered at times if having witnesses swear an oath or affirm to tell the truth makes it more likely that they will actually do so, writes assistant Crown attorney in York Region Michael Demczur in this week's Speaker's Corner.

Commentary

2011 Legal Fees Survey
Canadian Lawyer magazine needs your input for our annual Legal Fees Survey. The purpose of this questionnaire is to accumulate data about the costs of each firm's legal services in order to create a comprehensive accumulation of data. This will help everyone get a feel for the average costs at both regional and national levels. The final results will be broken down into regional and national categories. This will help make it easier to perceive the state of economic health of the profession, and will serve as a scale to compare to last—and next—year's results. The results will be published in the June 2011 issue of Canadian Lawyer.

Please click here to participate in the survey and for a chance to win a Kobo e-reader with matching Roots leather cover.

Legal Feeds

Legal Feeds BlogCheck out Legal Feeds, the new blog of daily Canadian legal news powered by the award-winning editorial team of Law Times and Canadian Lawyer. Here's a recap of the latest blog posts:

Chiropractic case heads to court

When it's OK to drop the f-bomb

Legal hiring set to grow in corporate law, litigation

FMC targeted in proposed class action

The legal battle coming to the television near you

Bencher Election

Law Times' in-depth coverage of the Law Society of Upper Canada bencher election is in full swing at our dedicated election website so stop by for a visit, read the news and answer the weekly poll question: Are the Law Society of Upper Canada's new continuing professional development requirements necessary?

Latest bencher election news:

Elections to feature first virtual town halls

Bencher candidates weigh in on last week's poll question:
Should the Law Society of Upper Canada provide insurance for legal fees to lawyers defending themselves in disciplinary actions?

Moves & Shakes

Keep up to date with Canadian Lawyer's online Moves and Shakes section. Send your announcements of new hires, lateral moves, mergers, breakups, award winners, appointments and any other news about yourself or your firm to clb.moves@thomsonreuters.com. Click here to read what your colleagues are up to. It's updated daily.

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Case law

Case Law is a sample selection from the weekly summaries of notable unreported civil and criminal court decisions published in Law Times newspaper.


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