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We have launched this year's Canadian Lawyer Compensation Survey. Compensation information is always in great demand from our readers and your participation in this survey is extremely important. We need to compile as broad a picture as possible in as many sectors as possible, so the results will be accurate and useful to you. We are looking for managing partners and the heads of corporate legal departments of all shapes and sizes to please take a few minutes to fill out the questionnaire. All the information you provide will be kept confidential and data will only be used in the aggregate.

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Court sends message with rejection of class settlement
Law Times
In a demonstration of the judiciary's willingness to reject proposed class action settlements, a Superior Court judge has refused to approve a deal to resolve a pension surplus case after deeming it unfair to some class members who objected to it.


Feldthusen's departure signals culture shift at U of O
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
A culture shift is on the horizon for the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law with the impending departure of its common law dean. In July, Bruce Feldthusen will leave his post of dean after more than a decade.

Law schools, licensing face transformation: Conway
Law Times
Law schools and legal licensing will look very different in a few years than they do today, says the treasurer of the Law Society of Upper Canada.

Lawyer who left law practice vows vigorous defence
Law Times
An Ottawa lawyer who left for France while clients complained about missing funds says he's still waiting for documents from the Law Society of Upper Canada he argues he needs "to show that there was no misconduct on my part" at his upcoming disciplinary hearing.



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Company's 'about face' on appeal fails with Tax Court
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
A company's "180-degree turn" in its approach with the Canada Revenue Agency on a tax appeal demonstrates the need to have a well-developed objection or risk having it rejected.

Lawyer blames plaintiffs' bar for gaps in class action database
Law Times
A veteran class action practitioner says Ontario's plaintiffs bar shoulders considerable responsibility for the shortcomings of the Canadian Bar Association's national class action database.

Video: Ontario Legal News Update
Law Times, online
Get the latest news in the Ontario Legal News Update for the week of April 15 with Law Times editor Glenn Kauth.

First Schlifer award recipient announced
Law Times
Human rights lawyer Leilani Farha is the recipient of the inaugural Spirit of Barbra Schlifer award. Click
here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.



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Commentary

Tackling labour arbitration reform
Law Times, editorial
The arbitration system is a difficult area to resolve. Among the options for reform is a reconsideration of who's an essential employee. Along with Ontario Conservative Leader Tim Hudak's proposals, let's look at Don Drummond's report on Ontario public services as well. Taking another look at Toronto's decision on TTC employees is a good place to start.

If you're going to outsource, do it right
Canadian Lawyer, online
The decision to outsource is a big one for a business - so as their lawyer, make sure they do it right, writes The IT Girl columnist Danielle Lemon.

Work-life balance up to lawyers, not firms
Canadian Lawyer, online
Law firms are, by and large, apparently abject failures in the quest for work-life balance. The reason for failure by law firms is not rocket science. Work-life balance is an individual's decision not the firm's, writes Definitely Mabey columnist Stephen Mabey.

Lawyer touts benefits of dual law firm, general counsel roles
Law Times
Many lawyers who work as in-house counsel have prior experience with a law firm, but gaining general counsel experience while you are in private practice is the kind of opportunity that doesn't come along all the time, writes Michael Stern in this week's Speaker's Corner column.

Time for spring cleaning
Canadian Lawyer, online
It's important to have a system to know what's going on with your files. Use a file status chart to keep all the important information about the status of your files in one document for easy, frequent access. It doesn't eliminate the odd slip-up, but should prevent the ones most often caused by disorganization, writes Lindsay Scott in this month's Trial by Fire column.

Bill padding: shocking, maybe, but what will you do about it?
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
In-house counsel control budgets and we select law firms. If we want change, real change, and not just another kerfuffle, then we must purchase legal services differently. It is up to us on the "buy-side" to make change happen. If you do not, then you have no one else to blame when you receive a padded bill, writes In-house Coach columnist Fred Krebs.

Giving value to your clients
Canadian Lawyer, online
It should be the goal of every law firm to deliver exceptional client service. Law firms can enhance their services by providing a comfortable and professional office, a quality initial consultation, and personalizing the services being offered, opines David Paul in his Field Notes column.

Is this Progress?
Canadian Lawyer, online
Progress, while born of ingenuity, has its downsides. These negative impacts are felt most deeply by those who exist at the margins of society, those who cannot advocate for their own protection, argues Sonya Nigam in her Human Rights . . . Here & There column.

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Surveys

Canadian Lawyer Compensation Survey
We have launched this year's Canadian Lawyer Compensation Survey. Compensation information is always in great demand from our readers and your participation in this survey is extremely important. We need to compile as broad a picture as possible in as many sectors as possible, so the results will be accurate and useful to you. We are looking for managing partners and the heads of corporate legal departments of all shapes and sizes to please take a few minutes to fill out the questionnaire. All the information you provide will be kept confidential and data will only be used in the aggregate. Click here to complete the survey. The survey closes May 10 and results will be in the July 2013 issue of Canadian Lawyer.

Unbundling of legal services
Please take Law Times short survey to give us your views on this increasingly popular way of doing business. It should only take 5 minutes of your time, and we'd value your thoughts - whether or not you currently offer unbundled services. All your responses will be anonymous and we'll share the overall results in an upcoming issue of Law Times.

This week's Law Times poll
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