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Should LSUC be reporting lawyers suspected of crimes to police?
Law Times
While media reports last week questioned the Law Society of Upper Canada's assertions that it doesn't report lawyers who bilk clients to police because of solicitor-client privilege, others say the issue is a complex matter that requires more deliberation.

Rob Ford's counsel known as low-key 'people's person'
Law Times
Who is Dennis Morris, the lawyer for beleaguered Toronto Mayor Rob Ford? Friends and colleagues say Morris is a "people's person" and suggest it's no wonder a politician who often paints himself in that same light would choose him as his counsel.

Top Boutiques: Facing challenges head on
Canadian Lawyer
In the second part of this month's top boutiques feature, we explore how top real estate and immigration firms are adjusting to the changing economic environment.

Lawyers offer contrarian view on sentencing laws
Law Times
Judges who creatively circumvent mandatory minimum sentences should perhaps "resign and run for Parliament," says the co-author of a new paper in defence of mandatory minimum sentences.

B.C. privacy commissioner calls for tighter background check controls
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
British Columbia's Information and Privacy Commissioner says there should be greater control over what is divulged in police information checks in that province.

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Clarity brought to conflicts of interest but grey areas remain
The topic of law firm conflicts of interest is far from glamorous. Yet the issues engaged are real, equally as far as one could imagine from arcane academics and pure theory. Indeed, conflicts of interest are flashpoints, capable of derailing strategy by obstructing mergers and lateral transfers, and – probably worse – setting partners and entire practice groups one against the other.

Moran moves on, but keeps legacy in sight
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
Mayo Moran has served as dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto since 2006. She's set to officially move on in July, but says she'll keep U of T Law close to her heart — figuratively and literally.

Have you planned for your law firm's succession?
Law Times
When it came time for his father to retire, lawyer Ian Hull knew his firm needed a solid plan. The firm would still carry the name Hull & Hull LLP but would soon have just one Hull at the helm.

Lawyers inducted to Order of Canada
Law Times
Several members of the legal community were among those inducted into the Order of Canada in Ottawa last week. Click
here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.

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Bricks and bouquets
Law Times, editorial
With many of our public figures making especially questionable decisions in the past couple of weeks, it seems like a good time to revive a newspaper tradition of tossing a few bricks at those who are off the mark and bouquets to those who deserve some praise.

Lawyer-down. Face the music. Ask for feedback.
Canadian Lawyer, online
Feedback not only gives you professional development coaching, writes Simone Hughes in her Make it Count column. It also reveals things you may not have ever thought about from the client perspective.

Viral law: Working for a social media client
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
Renato Pontello, in his Practising In-house column, writes about social media companies that have gone on to greatness. Its lawyers have to deal with a bewildering variety of legal issues that come from operating in the digital sphere, which is often short on law and precedent. Their passion and fervour is palpable. They cannot afford to be the department that says "no"; they need to be enablers.

Lexpert - Construction


A review of the Redbooth online collaboration platform
Canadian Lawyer, online
In his column last month, Ben Hanuka outlined the important elements of online project and task organizing platforms as a means of managing file tasks and communications. This month's Future Files describes many of the key elements of one company, in an effort to provide you with a sense of what such an online application can do.

Rule 51.06(2): An antidote to lengthy, expensive trials?
Law Times
With trial costs ballooning, some people have touted dispositive motions as providing an opportunity for speedier and more cost-effective resolutions, write Anna Wong at Marr Kats LLP. Such alternatives include Rule 21 motions to strike, Rule 20 summary judgment motions, and the lesser-known and deployed Rule 51.06 motions.

Offshore tax evasion hotline makes us all whistleblowers
Launched in January of this year, the Canada Revenue Agency Offshore Tax Informant Program (OTIP) is one of five recently announced initiatives aimed at combatting international tax evasion and aggressive tax avoidance, writes Leigh Beijer in this month's Accounting column. Taking a page from the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) whistleblower reward program, OTIP relies on informant leads.

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