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Top Boutiques: Facing challenges head on
Canadian Lawyer
In the first of a two-part series, we explore how top boutiques in litigation, business immigration and commerical real estate are adjusting to the changing economic environment.

Bad law
Canadian Lawyer
In this month's cover story, we look at some of the players behind the Supreme Court's ruling that strikes down Canada's prostitution laws. Alan Young was the driving force behind the decision, but he admits he can't control what happens going forward.

Do solicitors get a fair shake?
Law Times
In an era where the very survival of Ontario solicitors may be at stake, the solicitor as Law Society of Upper Canada bencher may be going the way of the dodo bird.

Lawyers confident TWU decision will stand
Law Times
The decision of two law societies not to accredit Trinity Western University's law school will survive a potential court challenge, some lawyers say.

Thornton Grout Finnigan


Anti-corruption is on the corporate radar
Increasingly, bribery and other forms of corporate corruption are rife with the possibility of serious legal and other consequences: massive fines, plummeting stock prices, brand erosion, cancelled government contracts, disbarment from projects funded by international banks — even the exchange of a plushy C-suite office for a barren cell block.

Keep your eye on the prize
Canadian Lawyer
In order to avoid nasty surprises, partners should be demanding frequent reports on the financial health of their law firms, writes Marg Bruineman in this month's Law Office Management department.

Is your data an asset or a liability?
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
The proliferation of data and how it is being managed — or in most cases mismanaged — is causing more organizations to question whether they have information assets or liabilities.

Counsel's recommendation rejected as judge weighs in on cy-près debate
Law Times
In an unusual decision acknowledging the burgeoning debate over cy-près awards, a Superior Court judge has rejected the recommendation of class counsel about who should receive the residual funds from a class action launched by investors in the Bre-X Minerals Ltd. case.



OSC facilitates entrepreneur fundraising
Newly proposed prospectus exemptions will give start-ups and small businesses easier access to equity financing.

Red flags raised over insurer financial data
Law Times
In response to complaints that insurance industry financial details are impossible to pin down, the Ministry of Finance commissioned a report on transparency and accountability in the sector but perhaps surprisingly chose the accountants for the Insurance Bureau of Canada to prepare it.

Lawyer disbarred for hiding assets
Law Times
A Law Society of Upper Canada hearing panel has disbarred a Toronto lawyer after finding he had concealed $1.4 million in assets from his creditors before his bankruptcy discharge. Click here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.

Jensen Shawa


Canada's legal, institutional paralysis
Law Times, editorial
Prime Minister Stephen Harper's comments following the Supreme Court's ruling on the Senate reference last month summed up the paralysis Canada finds itself in on so many fronts.

Knocking down hurdles
Canadian Lawyer, editorial
Regulatory change is necessary to allow for innovation for the benefit of the profession and public. That means something as simple and basic to the entrepreneurial spirit as giving your law firm a catchy name shouldn't be a major regulatory hurdle. It still is. There's much to do and some way to go yet but these are exciting times.

The SCC bench is hot!
Canadian Lawyer
A "hot bench." This titillating expression has nothing to do with sexual allure or erotic practices, writes Philip Slayton in this month's Top Court Tales column. A hot bench refers to a court where judges frequently and aggressively interrupt lawyers with questions.

Time for Canada to embrace equal shared parenting
Law Times
In Speaker's Corner, Brian Ludmer of LudmerLaw explores custody cases. From the 1998 Senate special joint committee recommendations to the present, numerous reports and statements concerning the family law system have recognized the need for fundamental reform as it relates to contested custody cases.

Top six career mistakes made by law students
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
Paralegal candidate Kevin Sambrano says career development in law is often underplayed and undervalued. Career development needs to be ongoing. If it's not, students will make costly career mistakes even before they graduate.

Paliere Roland

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Canadian Lawyer Compensation Survey — Survey Closes Today
This survey will provide unique insight into how partners, associates and in-house counsel are compensated. We are looking for managing partners and heads of corporate legal departments to take a few minutes to fill out the questionnaire. Since the online survey must be filled out all at once and we do ask for financial information, we have provided PDFs of the questions to help you prepare. If you are a law firm, click here to download the questions. If you are an in-house legal department click here. Once you are ready to fill in the survey, you can find it here. As always, confidentiality is guaranteed: we use your data only in aggregate and no respondent is identified. The survey closes May 5. Results will appear in the July 2014 issue of Canadian Lawyer.

Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers — Nominations Close May 6
Readers are urged to nominate someone in the legal profession who has been influential over the past year to 18 months. The Top 25 is not a lifetime achievement award. This year, we have added a category called "the world stage" in order to celebrate the work of Canadian lawyers who have had an impact on law and society beyond our borders. You can get more details, including all five categories in which we are looking for nominees, here. Please e-mail editor-in-chief Gail Cohen by May 6 the name of the person you'd like to nominate as well as a few sentences as to why you think they should be included on the list.

This week's Law Times poll
Who's right in the public spat between Supreme Court Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin and Prime Minister Stephen Harper? Have your say in the weekly Law Times poll.

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