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The offshore banking nightmare
Canadian Lawyer
The Feburary cover story of Canadian Lawyer examines how it can often take years and millions of dollars for lawyers and investigators to track down and get back their clients' cash that has disappeared into the maze of offshore bank accounts and financial institutions.

Small Claims Court facing challenges

Law Times
Nearly two years after it changed the rules governing the Small Claims Court, Ontario's plan to make the so-called people's court more accessible by increasing the monetary jurisdiction is facing a number of challenges, including delays and an increased caseload involving more complicated matters, according to lawyers and paralegals who do work there.

Judging the judges
Canadian Lawyer
Is it time that the system, where only other judges are involved in the inquiry and discipline proceedings against judges, should change?

Review reveals concerns about 'repetitive' CPD content
Law Times
The Law Society of Upper Canada has established a working group to look into concerns about its continuing professional development requirement after some lawyers complained that aspects of the fledgling policy were "repetitive" and "limiting."



Magna unveils new corporate governance
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
Magna International Inc. is adopting a number of corporate governance enhancements as part of initiatives it began in 2010 to become more friendly to shareholders.

Lawyer warns about charges for tweeting RIDE stops
Law Times
Tweeting the location of a police RIDE check for drunk drivers could land someone in prison, says a Toronto criminal defence lawyer.

Minding the business of First Nations
Canadian Lawyer
When it comes to dealing with First Nations issues in Canada, increasingly, industry and native groups are getting out in front of government in an attempt to build relationships and business.

Université Laval students revive law review
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
A group of five students at Université Laval have been working hard to resuscitate the student-run law review. Nelson Peters, Colin Standish, Senai Iman, Adam White, and Adam Martincak formed a friendship early in their studies at Laval and had been searching for an academic activity to participate in during law school, but had not been satisfied with what they found.

Mexico beefs up class actions law
Law Times
For about 15 years, Mexico has had a class action procedure available in its consumer protection law. But only the federal consumer protection agency, PROFECO, could institute limited claims on consumers' behalf.

Video: Ontario Legal News Update
Law Times, online
Get the latest news in the Ontario Legal News Update for the week of February 6 with Law Times editor Glenn Kauth.

Lawyers wanted for 100-km walk
Law Times
Oxfam Canada is continuing to accept teams to compete in the upcoming Lawyers' Cup. Click
here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.


A turning point
Canadian Lawyer, editorial
A few years ago, one of the biggest issues law firms were dealing with was associate retention. Well, you won't hear anyone talking about that anymore. Now, the topic on everyone's lips is articling.

Shocking discrimination case needs sorting out
Law Times, editorial
There's a shocking legal matter that needs sorting out involving a group of workers with developmental disabilities in St. Catharines, Ont., who, according to allegations put to the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, earned $1.25 an hour or less for 10 years.

Does your law firm have Klout?
Canadian Lawyer
Does your law firm wield clout in the cloud? It's a question law firm managers and marketers need to ask in the exploding world of social media, such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and YouTube, writes Jim Middlemiss on this month's Back Page.

Should employers have to cover workers' hearing aids?
Law Times
Last June, an arbitrator opened up a potential can of worms in ruling that a school board must subsidize digital hearing aids for a teacher as part of its duty to accommodate short of undue hardship, writes Bryce Chandler in this week's Speaker's Corner.

What was the point of that again?
Canadian Lawyer
Continuous re-examination to ensure the law remains relevant is the least the public, the ultimate client, deserves (even if it doesn't understand the circuitry), writes Neill May in his Banking on Corporate column.


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:

Ruling, executives shed light on LAO’s woes

This week at the SCC

$144-million charitable tax scheme class action certified

Mooting across the miles

G20 legal probe draining Toronto police fund

Legal profession told to embrace collaboration


Top boutiques
Canadian Lawyer is putting together our top immigration, tax, and litigation boutiques. Give us your input on which firms across the country you think are the best in these areas. Have your say until Feb. 14.


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