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Speak up, defence advised
Law Times
A recent case in which a trial judge "usurped the role of Crown counsel" highlights the need for defence counsel to speak up when they feel a judge is crossing the line, criminal lawyers say.

Sanctions against Russia mean greater due diligence, risk management
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
Canadian companies with new and existing operations in Russia face a heightened level of business risk and need for greater due diligence following recent sanctions imposed by Ottawa, say lawyers.

New TSX majority-voting policy will force resignations
In February, the Toronto Stock Exchange took a major step toward reform of corporate governance. The exchange announced rule changes that will require all TSX-listed issuers, other than those that are majority controlled, to implement majority voting for directors in uncontested elections.

Partisanship bill a big worry for federal lawyers
Law Times
Amid concerns about a new lifelong gag order for government lawyers who've seen top-secret documents, the union that represents Department of Justice counsel says it's paying more attention to a partisanship bill that will affect 40 lawyers.

Millar Kreklewetz


Law society critic among 2014 medal recipients
Law Times
On Feb. 28, Toronto lawyer Bill Trudell answered a surprise call from Law Society of Upper Canada Treasurer Tom Conway telling him he was among the 2014 recipients of the law society medal.

Celebrating 25 years
Law Times
With the media facing difficult times, the fact that a publication like Law Times continues to thrive after 25 years is something to celebrate. So in this week's issue, you'll find what's hopefully an eye-opening and engaging look back at 25 years of this paper.

The rise of the boutique law firm
Law Times
After going out on their own, lawyers at Deeth Williams Wall LLP celebrated 20 years as an intellectual property and technology boutique law firm in February.

New U of A law dean returns to Canada after 8-year California gig
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
The University of Alberta's new law dean, Paul Paton, will be bringing a few things back from California with him when he returns to Canada to start his new job.

Law Times celebrates 25 years

Since 1990, the editors and writers at Law Times have been reporting on Ontario's legal news. This week's issue includes a 25th anniversary feature section with a retrospective including notable cases, benchmark decisions, significant legislation, major stories and scandals, and a look at how the practice of law has evolved. To celebrate, we are offering open access to the digital edition of this week's issues so everyone can share our stroll down memory lane. Click here to read it.


Lawyers dispute fears about lawsuits from drug bill
Law Times
There's no evidence a proposed law would lead to lawsuits against the federal health minister for recalling unsafe drugs, according to life sciences lawyers.

Video: Ontario Legal News Update
Law Times, online
Get the latest news in the Ontario Legal News Update for the week of March 24 with Law Times editor Glenn Kauth.

Elgin County courthouse opens
Law Times
The construction of the Elgin County courthouse in St. Thomas, Ont., is complete. Click here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.

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Photocopying shouldn't be so hard
Law Times, editorial
How hard can it be to photocopy documents? Apparently, it's hard work at some Crown offices. In the case of Elliott Gerstein, it means a fraud case involving almost $8 million won't go ahead.

Let's have lunch
Canadian Lawyer, online
For all lawyers, client relationship building is an enormous part of what we do, writes Jennifer Nees in her column, The Immigration Line. Building trust, creating solutions, and proving yourself as a partner to the client is critical to success. It's also increasingly difficult in an age where face time is limited and most of our communication is conducted via e-mail.

Wal-Mart coming to Canada. Sorry, no.
Canadian Lawyer, online
In his Class Acts column, Kirk Baert explores the decision in Wal-Mart Stores Inc. v. Dukes, where the Supreme Court of the United States held that in order for class certification to be granted, judges must undertake a "rigorous analysis." Of course, judicial analysis should be rigorous so we know the court must have meant something else. It turns out it did.

Aging population a recipe for growth of reverse mortgages
Law Times
It's speculative to suggest that the Canadian reverse mortgage market will ever rival that of the United States, writes Jeffrey Lem in his column, The Dirt. That said, Employment and Social Development Canada has estimated that by 2051, about one in four Canadians will be 65 or over.

Goal: Transparent NHL player discipline. Assist: labour law
Canadian Lawyer, online
Labour and employment lawyer Daniel Glasner writes about the scorching volume of discipline cases handled by the NHL's Department of Player Safety. Yet, the decision-making process behind a suspension (known as a "Shanaban") remains foggy like a Zamboni's emissions.

2014 Canadian Lawyer Legal Fees Survey
Canadian Lawyer needs your input for our annual Legal Fees Survey. he 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.

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
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