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Lawyers in associations get confidentiality reprieve
Law Times
Lawyers who work in association with each other can't be assumed to be sharing confidential client information, according to a Superior Court master.

Canadian Lawyer
This month's Canadian Lawyer cover story sheds light on the practice of unsavoury private eyes who make up evidence for unsuspecting lawyers, often setting the cat among the pigeons in family law cases.

LSUC panels to get oversight by independent lawyer
Law Times
The Ontario government has introduced a bill that would have a non-bencher oversee the Law Society of Upper Canada's hearing and appeal panels and allow the regulator to suspend lawyers who haven't paid cost awards made against them in professional misconduct proceedings.

A surge in the east
Canadian Lawyer
Canadian Lawyer's top 10 firms in Atlantic Canada are benefitting from projects in the energy, mining, and shipbuilding industries.

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The 'insidious fog'
Canadian Lawyer
As the bar ages, lawyers and law societies are having to come to grips with how to deal with practitioners suffering from various forms of dementia.

Time for law schools to rethink teaching law
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
As professor Richard Susskind put it: "It's not just what we teach, it's how we teach." This was one of the central messages at the University of Alberta Faculty of Law's recent conference on the future of law school.

Assessing risk abroad starts at home
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
For Canadian companies doing business in high-risk global locations general counsel are taking on greater responsibilities to help keep the organization and its people out of trouble before it happens.

Uses and abuses of trademarks online
Canadian Lawyer
IP lawyers are struggling with a series of recent decisions that cast uncertainty over long-held beliefs about what constitutes use of trademarks in Canada.

Millar Kreklewetz


DSM-5 leaves employers bracing for disability claims
Law Times
Employers are preparing themselves for a spike in disability insurance premiums after the reworked Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders delivered a slew of new diagnoses.

Globalization offers 'comfortable niche' for tax law boutiques
Law Times
Big law firm mergers and a growing number of international transactions have created "a comfortable niche" for tax boutiques, but lawyers in the area say a more aggressive Canada Revenue Agency is keeping them on their toes.

Video: Ontario Legal News Update
Law Times, online
Get the latest news in the Ontario Legal News Update for the week of October 7 with Law Times editor Glenn Kauth.

IP boutique joins Oslers
Law Times
Ottawa intellectual property boutique law firm McFadden Fincham has joined Osler Hoskin & Harcourt LLP. Click here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.

Carswell Findlaw


Costs awards should value pro bono work
Law Times, editorial
While the legal profession will always struggle with the pressure to provide pro bono services, Superior Court Justice David Corbett has at least made a strong statement that the court will do what it can to support them.

Points to ponder
Canadian Lawyer, editorial
It wasn't planned this way, but it turns out this issue of Canadian Lawyer touches on a variety of complex issues lawyers of all kinds can face in their practices.

Legal farm teams
Canadian Lawyer
In this month's Tech Support column, Danielle Olofsson asks: Are Canadian firms missing the boat by not setting up LPOs on home soil?

LAO staff lawyers want recognition and respect
Law Times
Part of what the staff legal aid lawyers want is recognition and respect. There's no doubt not having proper offices is a large part of that. And they fear the prospect of leaving an area where they've developed some expertise only to move to an entirely different field of practice, writes A Criminal Mind columnist Rosalind Conway.

Rogers case a reminder to take care in making performance claims
Law Times, online
Advertisers beware, opines Michael Osborne in this week's Speaker's Corner column, performance claims can be highly effective, but if they don't take care before making such claims in advertisements, liability and bad publicity can be the result.

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