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Editor’s Note

It's that time of the year again, Canadian Lawyer needs your input for our annual Legal Fees Survey. The purpose of this extremely popular survey is to accumulate data about the fees for law firms' services in order to create a comprehensive picture of the average costs for the most frequently provided legal services at both regional and national levels.

While we are asking for specific numbers, we're simply looking for what you think is the average your firm charges for your services. As usual, information about yourself and your firm will be kept strictly confidential. The final results will be broken down into regional and national categories. This will help make it easier to perceive the state of economic health of the profession, and will serve as a scale to compare to last and next year's results.

The survey closes on March 31. The results will be published in the June 2014 issue of Canadian Lawyer.

Please click here to take the survey. It should only take a few minutes.

Thanks in advance for your participation.

Gail J. Cohen
Editor in Chief
Canadian Lawyer/Law Times

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Heenan Blaikie's actions questioned
Law Times
As Heenan Blaikie LLP closes its Toronto office, the way the firm has treated its support workers is an example of "lawyers doing everything they advise against," according to a prominent employment lawyer.

Assessing boots on the ground
Canadian Lawyer
In this month's cover story, we look at a number of indications that, despite data that points to growth in corporate legal departments, not all global or U.S.-based companies are wholly behind the idea that existing legal departments in Canada should remain status quo.

Logic of victim surcharge questioned
Law Times
While the debate continues over the new mandatory victim surcharge, overshadowed in the controversy is the fact that monetary sanctions against convicted criminals have traditionally made up only a tiny fraction of surcharge revenue in Ontario and the new system may cost more to administer than it will raise for victims.

Quebec's policies get poor review from mining sector
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
Amid an increasingly competitive landscape, mining companies around the world are giving Quebec a lacklustre review with it comes to policies that appear to be making it a less desirable destination for exploration.



Distinct advantages: Top Quebec regional firms
Canadian Lawyer
Its bilingual lawyer, bijuridical system, and close ties to Europe give the top Quebec regional firms a leg-up on their competitors.

Winners of the Canadian Dealmakers of 2013 Awards
The Canadian Dealmakers Awards honour companies and C-suite leaders for transactions that have significantly impacted their industries through innovation and growth, establishment of best practices, enhancement of customer needs and products, and/or creation of value.

Still tempting
Canadian Lawyer
Canada is still attractive to state-owned enterprises, even in the energy sector, but government rules and the ambiguity around them make it tough to advise clients.

Video: View 2014: Positioned for growth — Top challenges
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 sixth and final video, the five senior in-house counsel from our panel speak to the lead projects they have their sights set on for the year ahead.

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Is document review legal work?
Law Times
Is document review legal work? It's a question that has implications for lawyers' insurance requirements and one that has taken on increasing relevance given recent changes in the legal marketplace.

Black law students honour judge, mentor
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
One of Ontario's newest judges has been awarded The Honourable Lincoln Alexander '53 Award from the Black Law Students' Association at Osgoode Hall Law School.

Mixed reviews for changes to popular program
Law Times
Immigration lawyers have given a mixed reception to the federal government's revamp of one of its most popular immigration programs.

Video: Ontario Legal News Update
Law Times, online
Get the latest news in the Ontario Legal News Update for the week of March 3 with Law Times editor Glenn Kauth.

New chairman at Miller Thomson
Law Times
Kent Davidson is the national chairman of Miller Thomson LLP. Click here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.


Report a breath of fresh air
Law Times, editorial
With the collapse of Heenan Blaikie LLP sparking debate about the future of the legal profession, the Law Society of Upper Canada report on alternative business structures released last week was a breath of fresh air.

How partnerships ain't all they cracked up to be
Canadian Lawyer, editorial
In the wake of the Heenan Blaikie LLP collapse, we ruminate on law firm partnership. Once the Holy Grail of lawyerdom, partnership in a law firm is still a badge of honour, worn proudly by most but understood by few.

Court fees face SCC scrutiny
Canadian Lawyer
In April, Supreme Court Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin will have a chance to put her money where her mouth is on access to justice, writes Jim Middlemiss in his Back Page column. That's when the SCC is expected to tackle a challenge over court hearing fees.

10 things lawyers can do to make e-discovery easier for clients
Canadian Lawyer
Dera Nevin, in this month's Tech Support column, offers a list of client concerns that are primarily process-related. Attention to some or all of these can spare clients headaches, and may also assist in avoiding unnecessary costs.

Pension benefits not deductible from wrongful dismissal damages
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
Kevin MacNeill and Samantha Seabrook write about the Supreme Court of Canada's decision in IBM Canada Ltd. v. Waterman, in which the SCC has confirmed pension benefits generally are not deductible from damages for wrongful dismissal. However, Waterman suggests the result could have been different if the express terms of the applicable employment contract provided for such a deduction.

Mounting student debt means less access to justice
Canadian Lawyer 4Students
Rebecca Lockwood, in her Ab Initio column, writes about the shock she experienced when, a few weeks ago, she was hit with a mega-invoice for licensing fees from the Law Society of Upper Canada.

Seniors' home fire a reminder about difficulty of proving negligence
Law Times
Twenty-eight people have now been confirmed dead and four others are presumed to have died after the horrific blaze at the Résidence Du Havre in L'Isle Verte, Que. The initial focus of the public was on the devastating effect the tragedy inflicted on the victims and their families. Attention has now shifted towards the placement of blame.

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Top boutiques survey - FINAL DAY TO VOTE
Canadian Lawyer's Top boutiques survey is also open for voting. We're looking for input on the best firms specializing in business immigration law, commercial real estate law, and litigation. Results will appear in the May issue of Canadian Lawyer. Click here to take the survey. Polls close on March 3.

Legal fees survey
Canadian Lawyer needs your input for our annual Legal Fees Survey. As usual, information about yourself and your firm will be kept strictly confidential. The survey closes on March 31, and results will be published in the June 2014 issue of Canadian Lawyer. Please click here to take the survey.

This week's Law Times poll
Do you agree with the Law Society of Upper Canada report last week on alternative business structures that raises the prospect of significant liberalization of law firm ownership? Have your say in the weekly Law TimeS poll.


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