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This week, Canadian Lawyer kicks off our latest top boutiques survey. While we have ranked the top 10 personal injury law firms in the past, for the first time this year, we will also be ranking the top arbitration chambers around the country. So please take a few minutes to vote in our online poll and give us your thoughts on the best ones in each area.

Please note the list isn't definitive, so you are welcome to add you own nominees in each area if you feel any worthy ones have been missed. The survey results are not determinative of the final list as our editorial team will make the final selections after drawing on the experience of in-house counsel and large-firm lawyers who refer work to these boutiques. Thanks for taking part!

Gail J. Cohen
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Canadian Lawyer/Law Times

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LSUC treasurer warns of downsides to reform
Law Times
Controversial proposals to reinvent the way lawyers deliver services could lead to a decline of less profitable practices and transform law from being a profession to just another business, warns the head of the Law Society of Upper Canada.

Drilling down - part 2
Canadian Lawyer
Canadian Lawyer's top 5 trusts & estates and environmental law boutiques

Accused lawyer seeking deceased husband's insurance
Law Times
An Ontario lawyer accused of killing his husband is in a legal battle with the deceased man's family over the murder victim's life insurance while his criminal case proceeds.

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Arizona university touts North American law degree
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
An American law school is looking to change the game when it launches a North American law degree for Canadian and American students next fall.

JPs to appeal salary ruling
Law Times
The Association of Justices of the Peace of Ontario will challenge the decision of a Superior Court judge who said disputes related to judicial salaries have to be dealt with through a judicial review, according to the association's counsel.

Competition Bureau turns up the AMPs on water heater companies
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
The Competition Bureau is taking aim at two dominant players in the hot water heater market by seeking orders prohibiting the companies from engaging in further anti-competitive conduct and seeking administrative penalties of $15 million from Direct Energy and $10 million from Reliance Comfort Ltd.

Appeal court limits municipal liability
Law Times
In overturning a trial court's decision, the Ontario Court of Appeal has established limitations on liability for municipalities when it comes to their prior land holdings and their role in the building permit process.



Video: Q & A with former SCC justice Claire L'Heureux-Dubé
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online

Pro Bono Students Canada held an event with former Supreme Court of Canada justice Claire L'Heureux-Dubé at McCarthy Tétrault LLP's Montreal office on Jan. 10 where law students were able to ask questions.

Top 10 Deals and Cases
What was the most significant M&A transaction of 2012? Which lawsuit set the most influential precedent? Lexpert's January cover story features the lawyers and firms that stickhandled the top 10 deals and top 10 cases of the year.

Video: Ontario Legal News Update
Law Times, online
Get the latest news in the Ontario Legal News Update for the week of January 14 with Law Times editor Glenn Kauth.

Hicks Morley lands three Heenan Blaikie partners
Law Times
Three labour and employment lawyers have left Heenan Blaikie LLP for Hicks Morley Hamilton Stewart Storie LLP. Click here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.



Sentencing circles for lawyers
Law Times, editorial
If sentencing circles are fine for the criminal justice system, why shouldn't they be an option at Law Society of Upper Canada disciplinary hearings?

Law schools are the cause of the articling crisis
Canadian Lawyer, online
Lawyer Jan Weir responds to University of Ottawa law dean Bruce Feldthusen.

Becoming a better boss
Canadian Lawyer, online
Over the Winter Solstice holiday, I received an external and objective confirmation that I suck at being a boss. In her Trials & Tribulations column, Margaret Waddell discusses her plans on how she's going to become a better boss.

Associations in Canada provide the basics but fall short
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
There is, predictably and understandably, more interest in specific issues than in the profession as a whole. As I look around however, I see relatively few of us are interested in the evolution of the role of in-house lawyers and I'd hazard a pretty educated guess fewer still care about the political organization of in-house lawyers or the associations and other groups that represent in-house lawyers, writes Cheryl Foy in her Practising In-house column.



New trend: women's leadership and local solutions
Canadian Lawyer, online
Twenty years ago I would not have thought that the founders of the Idle No More movement and the anti-rape activists in India had much in common, but along with women activists who were an integral part of the Arab Spring, as well as greater numbers of women in higher political office, it is evident both are part of a growing trend of women leading social change, argues Sonya Nigam in this month's Human Rights . . . Here & There column.

History shows Canada's liberal culture towards guns
Law Times
Canada has its own gun culture, and political opposition to gun control measures can be just as effective as entrenched legal rights in causing the government to water down or abandon such measures, writes That's History columnist Philip Girard.

Investment excuses
Canadian Lawyer, online
Alan Acton lists 10 excuses commonly used to justify behaviour that runs counter to our own long-term financial interests in his Financial Adviser column.

Apologia for a 'new' professionalism in Canadian law
Canadian Lawyer, online
You have to reach back centuries to see from whence our profession has come. Our proud and independent bar earned its status through self-regulation. Before that time, ur-lawyers were technicians without ethical constraints separate from their employers, writes Lee Akazaki in The Accidental Mentor column.

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Top personal injury boutiques and arbitration chambers
Canadian Lawyer is putting together our top personal injury boutiques and, for the first time, top arbitration chambers listings. Give us your input on which ones from across the country you think are the best. Have your say until Feb. 8.

This week's Law Times poll
The Ontario Superior Court has unveiled a new protocol allowing the use of electronic devices in court by lawyers and journalists while maintaining restrictions for members of the public. Do you agree? Have your say in the weekly Law Times poll.


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