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LAO to pay $129 per hour for complex cases
Law Times
Legal Aid Ontario has launched a new special rate for lawyers who handle its most complicated cases in a bid to keep senior counsel accepting legal aid certificates.

Top boutiques: A cut above, pt. II
Canadian Lawyer
In the second part of this month's feature on top boutique firms, Canadian Lawyer highlights the best boutiques in the areas of insurance defence and commercial real estate.


More than 1,600 Ontario AG staff earn over $100,000
Law Times
Every year, the Ontario Ministry of Finance releases the names, salaries, and positions of thousands of public sector employees who earn more than $100,000. The most recent list released earlier this month covers salaries for 2010. The Ministry of the Attorney General has the second highest number of Ontario government employees earning over $100,000. Last year, there were 1,646 of them.



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Happy and in-house
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
Do you want to be happy? Then go in-house. That's what the findings of the latest CCCA In-House Counsel Barometer survey suggest.


Windsor lawyers decry reforms
Law Times
Statistics that show wide variations in the rates of unrepresented litigants in family court are prompting a backlash against planned legal reforms by some lawyers in one southwestern Ontario city where the overwhelming majority of people still retain counsel.

Which province is best for class actions?
Law Times
While there's no single province in Canada that serves as an ideal jurisdiction to initiate a class action lawsuit, there can be subtle limitations in the laws that can help lawyers decide where to launch a claim.

Video: Ontario Legal News Update
Law Times
Get the latest news in the Ontario Legal News Update for the week of April 11 with Law Times editor Glenn Kauth.

Ruling on masters' pay, tenure upheld
Law Times
The Ontario Court of Appeal has upheld a ruling by a Superior Court judge that deemed legislation concerning the tenure and remuneration of case management masters to be unconstitutional. Click
here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.



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A good campaign so far
Law Times, editorial
If you can say anything about the Law Society of Upper Canada bencher election campaign so far, it has at least been more vibrant than in the past.

The benefits of not being a smug lawyer
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
Before being called to the bar is a good time to learn how to work with your support staff. Texas lawyer Charles Gillis gives some plain talking tips on this front.




Distinguishing the vintages from the plonk
Canadian Lawyer, online
Trials & Tribulations columnist Margaret Waddell notes: The development of a great lawyer is much like the creation of a really great bottle of wine. While you need to start with quality raw materials, it's the processing and nurturing over a longer period of time that eventually bring out the latent qualities that distinguish the exceptional vintages from plonk.



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Ontario businesses worried about new accessibility rules
Law Times
The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and the accessibility standards it contemplates are intended to create a barrier-free Ontario through the creation of a compliance-based rather than complaints-oriented system, writes labour and employment lawyer Ellen Swan.

If it's a 'sure bet,' it's probably not
Canadian Lawyer, online
Investment scams and frauds don’t just happen to the unskilled or unwary investor. Research by the Canadian Securities Administrators,shows victims of fraud are just as likely to be older, knowledgeable investors, homeowners, well educated, and high-income earners who are confident in their own ability to make investment decisions, writes Financial Adviser Alan Acton.

The shotgun approach of children’s rights in Canada
Canadian Lawyer, online
According to speakers at a recent conference in Ottawa, we can certainly do better to meet the standard of "the best interests of the child" in Canada. As a nation, we are pretty confused about how we feel about children in need, writes Human Rights . . . Here & There columnist Sonya Nigam.



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2011 Legal Fees Survey — Last Chance
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. Survey closes April 15.

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



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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: Is the 12-year term limit imposed on elected benchers under the Law Society of Upper Canada's governance reforms still too long?

Latest bencher election news:

No vote, no matter for life benchers

Law society levy among key issues in 2011 bencher campaign

Groups put diversity on campaign agenda

Bencher candidates weigh in on last week's poll question: Should legal services be unbundled?



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