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News

LSUC sets out rules for unbundled services
Law Times
The Law Society of Upper Canada has updated its rules to give guidance to the growing number of lawyers and paralegals who offer unbundled legal services.

Doing business in Africa
Canadian Lawyer
As the world’s second-most populous continent and blessed with abundant mineral riches, Africa holds great promise and economic opportunity. But those opportunities must also be mentioned and measured along with Africa’s many challenges: its division into 50 often fractious nations, frequent wars and civil strife, a stubborn history of corruption and inefficiency, and the deepest poverty anywhere on the planet. It’s fair to say Africa is the toughest place in the world to do business.




News

Amsterdam defies Thai threats
Law Times
Canadian international human rights lawyer Robert Amsterdam is vowing to return to Thailand despite a government official’s threats against him.

Prairie gold: Top 10 prairie firms
Canadian Lawyer
It’s not easy being a full-service regional firm in Saskatchewan and Manitoba these days. When not turning clients away because you’re just too busy, you’ve got to field calls from national firms looking to link up and establish a presence in some of Canada’s most lively economic zones. And the firms featured in Canadian Lawyer’s list of top 10 Prairie law firms are sure to be on the top of anyone’s list of targets, whether for legal services or a law firm merger. So you can just imagine how swamped they are.




News

New domain name system could draw threat to trademarks
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
A new system to create domain names and registries is about to be launched in January that could trigger trademark infringement concerns for large companies.

Law society issues guidelines on law office searches
Law Times
The Law Society of Upper Canada has drawn up guidelines for lawyers facing a police search of their law offices. Concern follows 2010 child pornography investigation in Timmins.




Commentary

You need a break today
Canadian Lawyer
Taking a vacation might require a lot of preparation, but the mental health break can really refocus your practice and make you a more efficient lawyer.

Video: Out on Bay Street conference
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
Out on Bay Street held its 5th annual conference for LGBTQA law and business students in Toronto from Sept.30-Oct.1.

The importance of being civil
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
Uncivil conduct in law school is as pervasive as it is in the courtroom. In light of the recent disciplinary hearing for Toronto securities lawyer Joe Groia, the issue of civility has dominated discussions in the legal profession and the classroom.




Commentary

Common law couples — til death do they part
Canadian Lawyer
In most provinces, if common law couples want the same estate rights as married couples, they had better, as Beyoncé so succinctly belts out, put a ring on it. Those once-entrenched distinctions, however, are slowly being rewritten as governments amend legislation and courts hand down new decisions granting common law couples greater access to property and other assets.

Should defence precede certification?
Law Times
Historically, class action defendants have been able to delay delivery of a class action statement of defence until there’s a decision on certification.




Commentary

Queen’s course exposes students to in-house experience
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
If you ask Sienne Lam about her recent work for Bombardier Inc., she will tell you about conducting risk analysis involving new battery technology.

Video: Ontario Legal News Update
Law Times
Get the latest news in the Ontario Legal News Update for the week of October 3 with Law Times editor Glenn Kauth.

Refugee lawyers unite
Law Times
More than 150 lawyers and academics have teamed up to launch the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers. Click
here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.




Commentary

Ontario courts’ hypocritical stance on technology
Law Times, editorial
The adult criminal docket in Burns Lake, B.C., last week was small. The list is rather mundane on the face of it, but the fact that someone in Ontario can find out what’s happening in B.C. courts on any given day is quite impressive.

Don't get left behind
Canadian Lawyer, editorial
In September, the Competition Bureau released a post-study assessment to its 2007 report that looked at restrictions impeding competition in five professions, including the law. The profession had been on tenterhooks as to what the assessment would say and how it would affect the regulation, in particular, of the profession across the country.

My election wish list
Canadian Lawyer
With five provinces scheduled to go to the polls in 2011 and three more expected to go next year, it’s a good time for the legal community to be advancing its election wish list, writes Jim Middlemiss in his Back Page column.



Don’t assume all employees have probationary periods
Canadian HR Reporter, online
There is widespread confusion regarding “probationary periods” in Canada. Many employers, HR professionals and employees assume every new hire automatically has a probationary period. Miller Thomson’s Stuart Rudner delves into this issue, and discusses why it’s important for new hires to sign on the dotted line before they set foot in the workplace.

0 per cent discount rate shows need for rule change
Law Times
In accordance with Rule 53.09 of the Rules of Civil Procedure, statutory discount rates for trials commencing in 2012 are zero per cent for the first 15 years of future losses, writes valuator Stephen Kertzman in this week’s Speaker’s Corner.

Legal Feeds

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Feds announce seven judicial appointments

Controversial injection site exempt from drug laws: SCC

Quebec judge denied leave to appeal of misconduct ruling

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