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Canadian Lawyer invites you to weigh in on Canada's leading intellectual property and labour & employment boutiques. In voting, draw on your experience of working with and referring work to these firms and the quality of service, clients, and mandates of each. Respondents are also invited to nominate firms not already on the shortlist. Your feedback will help us assemble rankings that will appear in the January 2014 issue.

There were some glitches when the survey was posted online last week but it has been fixed, so please do go and vote!

As always, your responses are completely confidential, and are used only in the aggregate for us to judiciously determine which of the contenders is worthy of this distinction.

Voting in the poll is open until Nov. 4.

Gail J. Cohen
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Torys lawyer ready to 'move forward'
Law Times
Torys LLP lawyer Darren Sukonick has a lot of catching up to do after nearly eight years of absence from a law practice he can now return to in light of a Law Society of Upper Canada hearing panel decision that found no evidence he was in a conflict of interest.

LAO rejects staff lawyers' union bid
Law Times
In what legal aid staff lawyers are calling a "classic union busting," Legal Aid Ontario's chief executive officer has rejected their bid to secure collective-bargaining rights.

CETA agreement could mean patent-term extension
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
The headlines around the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement have been largely focused on the impact for cheese lovers and the dairy producers, but there is also some impact for the Canadian pharmaceutical industry.

Lawyer vindicated as government ordered to pay more for Wills' defence
Law Times
One of the government-funded lawyers who represented convicted killer and former cop Richard Wills says he feels exonerated by a Superior Court fee assessment ruling that found his legal tab in that case was reasonable and in fact ordered the government to pay him more.

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Law outside the classroom: NSBS offers new internship
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
Dalhousie University law student Keeley Phillips travelled to Whitehorse to work for the Council of Yukon First Nation last summer as a result of the Nova Scotia Barristers' Society's new Presidents' Leadership Summer Internship.

Lawyers optimistic about condo changes
Law Times
Significant legislative changes in the works may help resolve disputes between condominium boards and unit owners more smoothly, lawyers say.

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

JP challenges misconduct finding
Law Times
Ontario justice of the peace Errol Massiah has filed a judicial review application challenging a Justices of the Peace Review Council decision that found him guilty of professional misconduct after six court staff accused him of sexual harassment. Click
here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.

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EU deal a significant achievement
Law Times, editorial
The federal government deserves credit for achieving the free-trade agreement with Europe in principle. It's no small feat given the size of the European market and Canada's success in getting ahead of other countries on the issue.

Changing the rules of the game, but pretending otherwise
Canadian Lawyer, online
Ryan Teschner weighs in on the government's move to "clarify" the composition of the Supreme Court of Canada.

Mental illness is not a sign of weakness
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
Ab Initio columnist Rebecca Lockwood shares her personal struggle with mental health in law school.

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Shareholder activism: how in-house counsel can prepare
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
Kathleen Keller-Hobson outlines some steps in-house counsel can take to better position the company in the face of shareholder activism.

Video: Making Rain - Trust: a game of snakes and ladders
Canadian Lawyer, online
In the October episode of Making Rain, executive coach Debra Forman considers the board game Snakes and Ladders as an analogy for viewing your key stakeholders' trust in you and your subsequent advancement and development.

Real access to justice means reducing lawyers' roles
Law Times
The keys to better access to justice lie in reducing the role of lawyers and at the same time decreasing their fees. Such a move would require sacrifices by lawyers and that's something the Canadian Bar Association's access to justice committee report doesn't seem to contemplate, writes Alan Shanoff in his Social Justice column.

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492,529 reasons to say no to merging with the U.S.
Canadian Lawyer, online
Tony Wilson explains why he has some problems with the idea of Canada merging with the United States in this month's Letter from Law Law Land column.

Upward spiral of costs preventing access to justice in class actions
Canadian Lawyer, online
In a recent decision on costs arising from a motion for certification, Justice Paul Perell of the Superior Court acknowledged the ever-upward spiral in costs awards in class proceedings are becoming an impediment to the viability of the class action regime, writes Kirk Baert in his Class Acts column.

FSCO must now tackle arbitration delays
Law Times, online
While congratulations may be in order to the Financial Services Commission of Ontario for finally getting a handle on the enormous backlog of mediations, the next problem to address is the arbitration timelines for both getting a date for a hearing and, what may be the most frustrating thing ever, waiting indefinitely to receive a decision afterwards, writes Personal Injury Law columnist Darcy Merkur.

Optimizing your tech skills and office setup
Canadian Lawyer, online
Every lawyer should have a minimum level of technology skills and office setup, opines The Future Files columnist Ben Hanuka. It is a matter of efficiency, quality of work, and even more broadly - competency.

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CCCA Directory


The 2014 Canadian Lawyer InHouse Innovatio awards seek to recognize innovation in in-house legal departments across the country and across all sectors and organizations. Ultimately, it is about sharing best practices of the in-house bar to reflect the maturity of Canadian law departments. These awards celebrate in-house counsel, both individuals and teams, who have found ways to show leadership by becoming more efficient, innovative, and creative in meeting the needs of their clients and organizations. Nominations will be evaluated based on small and large in-house departments. We encourage in-house departments to nominate themselves and their peers. Nominations close Nov. 29. Please click here to find the nomination forms.


Canadian Lawyer IP and labour & employment boutiques ranking
Canadian Lawyer invites you to weigh in on Canada's leading intellectual property and labour & employment boutiques. Please draw on your experience of working with and referring work to these firms and the quality of service, clients, and mandates of each. Respondents are also invited to nominate firms not already on the shortlist. The poll will be open until Nov. 4.

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