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How did Heenan Blaikie fall so quickly?
Law Times
With Heenan Blaikie LLP reportedly having had its best year yet in 2010, how could the firm have declined so quickly with its announcement last week that it was winding up its operations?

It's a 'tragedy' but business is about the work, not the brand
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
News of the collapse of Heenan Blaikie LLP last week didn't exactly come as a shock to many in-house counsel who say for the most part large firms still don't get times have changed when it comes to the large law firm model.

Heenan articling students forced to find new placements
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
As lawyers at Heenan Blaikie make plans to pack up and move on, law students currently articling with the firm -- and those who accepted offers to article there later this year -- are scrambling to find positions with other Canadian law firms.

Elections Ontario data shows some law firms still donate to political parties
Law Times
Law firms are few and far between on the long list of financial disclosure information released by Elections Ontario of donations to political parties. But a closer look shows that among the many names on the list are partners of the province's biggest firms and familiar names such as Heenan Blaikie.

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Appeal court clarifies limitation periods
Law Times
The Ontario Court of Appeal clarified the issue of limitation periods in two recent rulings affecting both class action and family law matters.

Energy sector driving major growth in international arbitration
For six decades arbitration has been the energy world's crucial and preferred path for ironing out contractual disputes, especially in international dealings. Now it's enjoying a noticeable growth spurt.

Video: View 2014: Positioned for growth
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
Canadian Lawyer InHouse listened to general counsel at some of the country's most dynamic organizations about where things are headed. In the third of six videos, Audrey Mak, vice president, pension legal at OMERS, talks about the organization's growth strategy and how she approaches risk management for the organization.

Estate tax rules up in the air
Law Times
With the implementation date for new estate tax oversight having come and gone, estate planners and administrators have been hoping the government is reconsidering the changes.

Video: Ontario Legal News Update
Law Times, online
Get the latest news in the Ontario Legal News Update for the week of February 10 with Law Times editor Glenn Kauth.

New Superior Court judges appointed
Law Times
Justice Minister Peter MacKay has appointed four judges to the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. Click
here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.

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Reject sunshine list exemption for Crowns
Law Times, editorial
Should Crown prosecutors be exempt from Alberta's new sunshine list disclosing the salaries of public employees who earn more than $100,000 a year?

Translating legal research skills into marketing competitive intelligence
Canadian Lawyer, online
In this month's Make it Count column, Simone Hughes writes about basic business development research and how it can pave the way to a fact-based marketing action plan.

Appeal court gets it right on family law bankruptcy question
Law Times
Bankruptcy issues are complex. They become even more complex when they affect the equalization process in family law cases, writes Marta Siemiarczuk in her Family Law column.

Export control compliance can be painless; non-compliance can be painful
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
In his Practising In-house column, Renato Pontello writes that, if you suspect your client is exporting controlled products or items, the appropriate tools can make compliance a fairly painless experience and may in fact help streamline and accelerate the supply chain, including record-keeping.

Desired virtues of virtual 'corporate' services
Canadian Lawyer, online
In Ben Hanuka's column, The Future Files, he argues that enabling access to justice for the public is one of the objectives of technology in the modern delivery of legal services. Many hurdles, however, do exist.

Deal Litigation Set to Rise
Economic volatility and M&A litigation go hand in hand. PwC's Domenic Marino offers some tips on how to ensure the deal stays closed.

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