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Nortel workers decry fees paid to lawyers
Law Times
Professionals involved in Nortel Networks Corp.'s bankruptcy proceedings have so far racked up $755 million in fees since the talks began in 2009, according to data compiled by a Toronto financial analyst.

View 2013: Preparing for the regulatory road ahead
Canadian Lawyer InHouse
In this issue's cover story, Canadian Lawyer InHouse spoke with chief legal officers from Canada's top companies who are ready to take on some of the toughest challenges facing legal departments today.

Video: View 2013: Preparing for the road ahead with Alaine Grand
In the first of six videos from the Canadian Lawyer InHouse View 2013 series, sponsored by Blake Cassels & Graydon LLP, AstraZeneca Canada Inc.'s chief legal counsel Alaine Grand talks about the challenges she faces in the year ahead.

Paralegal, agent rapped for fake judgment
Law Times
A Toronto paralegal and a real estate agent forged a judge's signature on a fake default judgment against two defendants they were suing, Superior Court Justice Michael Penny has found.

Making the grade . . . or appealing it
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
If you notice law students looking more disheveled lately, seemingly unaware of what's going on around them, and constantly checking their cellphones, it's probably because they're waiting for first-semester exam grades to be released.



High stakes
Canadian Lawyer InHouse
Why mitigating damages is crucial when opting to go 'all-in' on claiming specific performance in a real estate deal.

Appeal court clarifies insurance rules
Law Times
The involvement of an automobile when someone suffers an injury isn't sufficient on its own to claim statutory accident benefits or indemnity for damages from an insurer, the Ontario Court of Appeal has ruled.

Keeping franchisees in the loop
Canadian Lawyer InHouse
The franchisor/franchisee relationship has always been a unique, and sometimes tricky, one to navigate. A strong communication plan just might be a franchisor's best defence.

WIPO tackles access to books for blind people
Law Times
The World Intellectual Property Organization's move to finalize a treaty on access to published works for the visually impaired is long overdue, according to a leading Canadian lawyer in the field.



Video: LCO at five years
Law Times, online
Earlier this month, members of the legal profession gathered to celebrate the work of the Law Commission of Ontario and its renewal for a five-year term.

Planning for the year ahead
Canadian Lawyer InHouse
Creating a business plan not only provides objectives to meet, but gives the legal department a focus when dealing with the business units.

Building bridges for the next generation
Canadian Lawyer InHouse
New general counsel for DuPont Canada brings diversity initiatives.

Video: Ontario Legal News Update
Law Times, online
Get the latest news in the Ontario Legal News Update for the week of January 28 with Law Times editor Glenn Kauth.

Stanley Hartt joins Norton Rose
Law Times
Stanley Hartt has joined Norton Rose Canada LLP's Toronto office as counsel, the law firm announced. Click here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.


Dispute over inches not worth court's time
Law Times, editorial
When the case involves issues of little practical significance, judicial economy demands that we not spend even more time on them as there are more important matters to deal with.

Has the diversity discussion lapsed?
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, editorial
Has the diversity question stalled somewhat, or is it at the point where individuals feel the demographic at Canadian law firms has evolved to the point they don't need to push the agenda further?

Legal aid changes put viability of private criminal practice at risk
Law Times
The viability of private criminal practice in Ontario is at risk from changes to legal aid coverage even as Legal Aid Ontario denies on its web site that it's bringing in a public-defender system, opines Rosalind Conway in this month's A Criminal Mind column.

Video: Making Rain - New Year's Resolutions
Canadian Lawyer, online
As is customary with our January episodes of Making Rain, executive coach Debra Forman discusses the golden opportunity to commit to resolutions and strategies for taking your practice and business development initiatives to more satisfying levels.

A new and complex year
Canadian Lawyer, online
I use the new year as a time to reflect on what my clients' business needs have been, and where they are going, writes Jennifer Nees in The Immigration Line column. Many significant revisions to the Canadian immigration landscape have created a compelling look back.

How it feels to be a guinea pig
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
Ab Initio columnist Rebecca Lockwood shares her perspective as a law student on the recent licensing changes passed by the Law Society of Upper Canada.

Appeal court puts new limits on case management
Canadian Lawyer, online
A recent decision from the Ontario Court of Appeal places new limits on the case management judge to amend aspects of an otherwise viable claim, introducing the potential for even more delay and cost for the motion for certification of a class proceeding, argues Kirk Baert in his Class Acts column.

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Top personal injury boutiques and arbitration chambers
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This week's Law Times poll
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