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The expectation gap
Canadian Lawyer
The growing gap between the "unrealistic" pay expectations of associates and the salaries law firms are prepared to offer them is highlighted in Canadian Lawyer's 2013 Compensation Survey.

Building consensus
Canadian Lawyer
Canada's chief justice chooses her words carefully as she reflects on how she would like history to remember the McLachlin court. "I would hope that I'm seen as a competent jurist who did her best to decide cases that came before her as well as she could and conscientiously," offers Beverley McLachlin.

No fiduciary breach by Ogilvy Renault, appeal court finds
Law Times, online
Ogilvy Renault LLP didn't breach its fiduciary duty to its client when it failed to maintain two patents on a skin cholesterol testing technology more a decade ago, the Ontario Court of Appeal ruled on June 20.

Oil giants didn't conspire to lessen competition, appeal court rules
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
Just because a small service provider went out of business doesn't mean a joint venture between two oil giants was the root cause, according to an Alberta Court of Appeal decision.



Know thy process
Canadian Lawyer
When Dean Scaletta became director of litigation for Manitoba Public Insurance in 2009, he was astonished to learn the company didn't have a retainer agreement for the lawyers it hired to defend hundreds of auto insurance claim cases across North America each year.

A win-win career
Canadian Lawyer
Jennifer Jones is a bit of a planner but, at the moment, she's taking it one day at a time. First it was a career in law. Well, curling actually came first. Then the law degree. Then came more curling, a flexible job in corporate law, more curling, more law. And now a baby along with a life straddling two provinces.

Court provides 'badly needed guide' on duties of treatment providers
Law Times, online
Treatment providers who testify in court need to comply with the rules set out for expert opinion witnesses if they're giving an account based on opinion rather than facts or observation, the Divisional Court said in a recent decision.

Canada showing progress since Goudge Inquiry
Law Times, online
In the wake of the disastrous errors uncovered during Ontario's inquiry into pediatric forensic pathology, new and locally trained forensic pathologists are starting to fill the gaps in the system, according to Ontario's chief forensic pathologist.

Canadian Labour Reporter


Focus: Both sides see hope in decision on wind bylaw
Law Times, online
Both sides are seeing hopeful signs in an April Ontario Superior Court ruling that considered the validity of a municipal bylaw that enacted greater restrictions on wind turbines than those outlined in the provincial Green Energy and Green Economy Act.

Des Rosier takes the helm at U of O common law
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
After 13 years, a new captain is taking over the helm at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law's common law section.

Avvy Go to replace Wendy Matheson as bencher
Law Times, online
The Law Society of Upper Canada has appointed Avvy Go as a bencher to replace Wendy Matheson at Convocation. Click here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.



Don't be left behind
Canadian Lawyer
These are not the best of times. These are not the worst of times. But the times, they are a changing. Not to mix poets, or metaphors, or anything but the truth's the truth. It's a time of upheaval - disruption as some call it - in the legal profession, writes Canadian Lawyer editor Gail Cohen. What has gone before and worked before can no longer be relied on to work in the future. That's a tough pill to swallow for a profession built on tradition and precedent.

The unsung heroes of access to justice
Canadian Lawyer
I have seen the future for sole and small firm practitioners and it looks bright, writes Back Page contributor Jim Middlemiss.

Family Law: Caron shows complexities when family, estates law intersect
Law Times, online
A recent case provides a good reminder of the issues that can arise in matters that intermingle both family and estates law, writes contributor Marta Siemiarczuk.

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Canadian Lawyer regional law firm ranking
We are once again taking votes for the latest Canadian Lawyer regional law firm ranking. This time firms from Ontario are in the spotlight, so please take a minute to participate in our survey and rank the Ontario-based, full-service firms you feel are deserving of recognition. The poll will be open until July 8.

This week's Law Times poll
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