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Canadian Legal Newswire



The case for ladies only
Canadian Lawyer
In this month's Canadian Lawyer cover story, we examine whether, in 2014, there is still a need for women-only associations and events in the legal profession.

Defence counsel brace for victims rights bill
Law Times
As the federal government touts its impending victims bill of rights early this year, some defence lawyers say such a move would complicate an already complex criminal justice system and pressure prosecutors to "serve two masters."

Shifting sands - part 1
Canadian Lawyer
Constantly changing rules, laws, and regulations are keeping lawyers busy at Canadian Lawyer's top intellectual property boutiques.

Top 10 deals of 2013
Sobeys' acquisition of Safeway tops the list, clearly falling into a North American trend of consolidation in consumer-facing businesses.

Smart & Biggar


Bill 146 may be much ado about nothing
Canadian Lawyer, online
Employers are being advised to wait and watch what happens with bill 146's proposed changes to employment legislation in Ontario as the political climate in the province means it may not get passed before voters potentially go to the polls this spring.

The pros and cons of shared articles
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
Shared articles provide a unique articling experience with various challenges and opportunities. Here is a quick run down on what to expect.

Judge calls for presumptive validity for 33% class counsel fee
Law Times
Class action plaintiffs' counsel are welcoming a Superior Court judge's call to afford presumptive validity to one-third contingency fee agreements.

Insurance lawyers eye opportunities in Quebec
Law Times
The recently revamped national mobility agreement allows lawyers to look after their clients regardless of where the claim occurred. With the door now open to the Quebec courts, insurance lawyers are looking at how to capitalize on the change but are encountering more than legal and bureaucratic barriers.

How smaller contractors can win P3 work
Few countries have embraced the public-private partnership model for building infrastructure as openly as Canada, where the number of P3s completed recently surpassed 200. But for mid-sized construction firms competing with construction giants, the hurdles against landing P3 work can insurmountable.

Deeth Williams


'Lightning bolts out of the sky'
Canadian Lawyer
Overzealous tax collectors are less likely to negotiate and more inclined to impose their interpretation of the law, often leaving lives and businesses in ruins: critics

Partnership unmasked
Canadian Lawyer
Here's a primer on what to look for, prepare, and consider before taking the big (and expensive) leap.

Aboriginal P3s: Challenges and opportunities
P3s involving aboriginal communities require customized approaches, according to panelists at the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships conference in November.

Debate rages in insurance industry over genetic testing
Law Times
Just as amendments to the Health Insurance Act are making out-of-country and out-of-province genetic testing more accessible, new legislation is making its way through federal and provincial legislatures to ensure test results aren't used to the detriment of their owner.

Video: Ontario Legal News Update
Law Times, online
Get the latest news in the Ontario Legal News Update for the week of January 6 with Law Times editor Glenn Kauth.

Bail program set to expand
Law Times
A bail verification and supervision program will soon be available in 17 communities across Ontario after the government selected the John Howard Society of Kingston & District to offer it in the Kingston, Ont., area. Click here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.

Shaprio Cohen


Simmering anger about to boil over
Law Times, editorial
Our reliance on energy and natural resources is pushing governments into a barrage of legal battles with First Nations.

Inspiration to act
Canadian Lawyer, editorial
For a little inspiration, look no farther than the career of Warren Winkler, Ontario's recently retired chief justice, who was involved in some of the largest and most complex class action cases in Canada.

The next big flameout?
Canadian Lawyer
In his Back Page column, Jim Middlemiss asks the million-dollar question: when is Canada due for another law firm blow-up and who will it be? Stay tuned. If the economy continues to limp along and M&A markets remain flat, 2014 will be an interesting year for many law firms.

Sriracha's sweet smell a reminder that residential uses rule
Law Times
In his latest The Dirt column, Jeffrey Lem takes a look at the nuisance case related to smells emanating from a factory that makes Sriracha hot sauce. An injunction is likely to severely curtail production in the short term.

Developing a personal brand during articles
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
The focus of articling is often on developing the skills required to draft documents, research points of law, or prepare a closing agenda. A sometimes overlooked practical skill, however, is the ability to network and build your own brand as a lawyer, writes Sasha Toten, an articling student at Bennett Jones LLP.

Bereskin & Parr

Legal Feeds

Robic LLP


LAST DAY TO VOTE - 2014 Top 10 Quebec Law Firms
Voting is now open for our latest regional firm rankings. We encourage in-house counsel as well as lawyers from firms in other regions to let us know which firms you think are tops in the province of Quebec. We will select 10 firms with with offices only in the province of Quebec (extending across the river to include Ottawa), and offering a wide range of legal services. Your input is integral in helping us determine which firms stand out from the crowd and deserve praise for their outstanding performance. Please click here to fill out the survey, it will only take a few minutes. Polling is open until Jan. 6, 2014. The results will appear in the March 2014 issue of Canadian Lawyer.

This week's Law Times poll
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