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Gerretsen seeks co-operation
Law Times
The Justice on Target program can work if all of the members of the justice system come together and embrace change, says Attorney General John Gerretsen.

Copthorne decision on GAAR was unanimous, but does it change anything?
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
Tax law experts are applauding the clarity of a recent unanimous decision from the Supreme Court of Canada in a case involving the general anti-avoidance rule, but say it won't change how many view the confusing piece of tax legislation.

Are in-house counsel ignoring arbitration?
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
Many Canadian corporate counsel are paying insufficient attention to arbitration as an aspect of dispute resolution risk management, lawyers argue.

Israeli issue sparks legal row between lawyers
Law Times
A London, Ont., immigration lawyer is seeking $25,000 in libel damages from a fellow lawyer who allegedly called him an anti-Semite.



IP heavyweights join Bereskin & Parr
Law Times
Bereskin & Parr LLP is growing with its announcement today that Donald MacOdrum of McMillan LLP will be merging his practice with the firm, a move that follows a similar action by lawyers at intellectual property boutique Cameron MacKendrick LLP.

Do sellers have to tell buyers about the neighbouring sex offender?
Law Times
Ottawa real estate lawyer Bruce Marks sums up seller property disclosure statements in two words: potentially dangerous.

Ottawa lawyer heads to Paris
Law Times
Changes are afoot at Perley-Robertson Hill & McDougall LLP. The head of its international arbitration group, Andrew McDougall, becomes special counsel to the firm as he relocates to Paris this year. In turn, he also becomes an international arbitration partner with White & Case LLP. Click
here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.

Video: Ontario Legal News Update
Law Times, online
Get the latest headlines in the Ontario Legal News Update for the week of January 16 with Law Times editor Glenn Kauth.


Where is innovative action on pensions?
Law Times, editorial
Pensions are once again back in the news. Reports earlier this month noted that pension plan funding was down last year, largely as a result of turmoil in the markets as well as increasing liabilities on employers.

Time to train lawyers on cultural competence
Law Times
It's axiomatic that legal professionals must be competent. But is it also axiomatic that lawyers must be culturally competent? A recent case from the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal suggests that it might be, writes Speaker's Corner contributor Richard Devlin.

Building a new Canadian legal pipeline to the world
Canadian Lawyer, online
This is the first in Canadian Lawyer online's year-long series Managing Partner Forum. Each month the leader of a Canadian law firm will share his or her thoughts on some of the challenges and successes of running their firms. We kick it off with John Coleman of Norton Rose Canada, who was instrumental in two of the most talked-about mergers of 2011.

Essential viewing on prosecutorial misconduct
Canadian Lawyer, online
Proof that you really can find anything on YouTube: some kind soul has posted Exposing Satan's Underground, Geraldo Rivera's infamous 1987 NBC special about the Satanism epidemic we all thought was sweeping America, writes Law Library columnist Damian J. Penny.

A whole new ball game
Canadian Lawyer, online
Happy new year! The most exciting part of 2012 for me is that I can officially say I was called to the Ontario bar "last year" - it already sounds better than saying "in June," doesn't it?) Over the next 12 months, I look forward to sharing with you some of the highs and lows of my first year of legal practice. I welcome your comments and any suggestions for future articles, writes Trial by Fire columnist Lindsay Scott.

Is an end to Ontario's articling crisis near?
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
The articling crisis in Ontario may soon come to an end if proposed solutions to resolve the shortage of articling placements get the green light from the Law Society of Upper Canada, writes Christine Kellowan.

2012: A year that could be
Canadian Lawyer, online
Among my holiday readings I came across a concept long forgotten from James P. Carse's book Finite and Infinite Games, which has some real relevance to law firms in 2012, writes Definitely Mabey columnist Stephen Mabey.

Top 5 tech trends for lawyers in 2012
Law Times, online
Every year, with hundreds of new technology developments, it's difficult to determine which ones to pay attention to and which ones to ignore, writes Bits and Bytes online columnist Monica Goyal.

Legal Feeds

Legal Feeds BlogCheck out Legal Feeds, the blog of daily Canadian legal news powered by the award-winning editorial team of Law Times and Canadian Lawyer, was named the Best Legal News blog in the 2011 CLawBies awards. Here's a recap of the latest blog posts:

Report calls for training standards in elder mediation

Former Liberal MP faces disciplinary action by LSUC

Love & marriage, divorce & red tape

Law students raise nearly $5,000 in charity auction promises

Toronto lawyer appointed to FIFA corruption panel

Ruling means tobacco lawsuit can go ahead


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