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Prof troubled by SCC nomination process
Law Times
As critics continue to pelt Prime Minister Stephen Harper with questions about Supreme Court appointments, a University of Ottawa professor has published a report that says a major "transparency deficit" plagues the process for nominating judges.

Cryptocurrency!
Canadian Lawyer
In our cover story this month, we explore the world of bitcoin, the nascent virtual currency that must get past the scandals to become an accepted member of financial society.




Judge's actions in Forest Hill neighbour dispute debated
Law Times
In the wake of a now-infamous ruling about quarrelling Forest Hill neighbours, lawyers are debating whether the judge should have resolved the matter instead of dismissing it in a decision full of biting comments.

Ninth annual InHouse general counsel roundtable: Risk management
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
In the second of four videos from the InHouse general counsel roundtable, moderated by Jennifer Brown and sponsored by Field Law, the participants discuss how risk management is addressed in their organizations.

New money
Canadian Lawyer
Small businesses and startups across Canada look set to gain much wider access to capital under proposals to permit equity crowdfunding. In recent months, securities regulators in Ontario, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Quebec, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia have all released plans that would allow businesses to raise cash in this way.



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The going rate
Canadian Lawyer
Canada's slow and steady economic recovery seems to be reflected in the country's legal market, with lawyers split down the middle on the merits of a price hike.



Construction bar worried about retiring master's replacement
Law Times
Members of the construction law bar are expressing concern about a potentially "dramatic impact" on construction lien work in Toronto over worries a Superior Court master will be retiring in January without someone named to replace him.

Trademark amendments invite trolls
Lexpert
Canada's business community and most – but not all – of the country's IP Bar have united in opposition to Ottawa's plan to introduce fundamental changes to longstanding trademark law.

Navigating growth challenges key to CSA legal team's success
Canadian Lawyer Inhouse, online
The legal team of CSA Group has been recognized by the Association of Corporate Counsel as a Value Champion for its work in helping the rapidly growing business align legal services to the demands of the company and managing costs.

Tips on how to adjust to life after articling
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
Ivana Bozinovic stood on the end of a receiving line of young women eager to shake hands with her and set up coffee dates and she couldn't help but feel a big fat sense of déjà vu.

Not his time
Canadian Lawyer
Clive Ramage was ready to die. The lawyer from Winnipeg was 13,000 feet up Mount Whitney, California's highest mountain, in mid-January, wearing light clothing and with darkness setting in.

Major increase in warrantless disclosures predicted
Law Times
Privacy lawyers expect a "dramatic" increase in warrantless disclosures of personal information by Internet service providers if the latest proposed amendments to the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act take hold.

$30K punitive damages award against lawyer
Law Times
A Superior Court judge has found a Toronto lawyer orchestrated a mortgage fraud that bilked a senior citizen out of $75,000 and has ordered him to pay damages including a $30,000 punitive award. Click
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Moore's confusion shows omnibus pitfalls
Law Times, editorial
The federal government may have good reason to move forward with its controversial amendments to the Trademarks Act, but it's fairly clear the minister in charge should probably avoid talking about patents when it comes to defending the changes.

Standing up for the chief
Canadian Lawyer, editorial
The legal profession in Canada by no means speaks with one unified voice. Nothing brings a community together, however, like a politically motivated attack on one of its most respected leaders.

Time-tracking software key to avoiding triple discount to clients
Law Times
Are you giving your clients the triple discount? asks Monica Goyal in her Bits & Bytes column. There are three types of discounts you may not know you're routinely offering, and it's probably not a great idea for either you or your clients.


Making it rain money
Canadian Lawyer
Jim Middlemiss, in his Back Page column, writes about the McQuaig Institute of Executive Development Ltd., which uses psychometric testing, in the form of a word survey, to assess individuals being recruited and helps managers understand employee traits so they can build a career path for them and manage them.

Defence of mandatory minimums misses the mark
Law Times
In his column, A Criminal Mind, Matthew Gourlay says he had hoped Lincoln Caylor and Gannon Beaulne's paper, "A defence of mandatory minimum sentences," would provide an articulate counterargument to well-known criticisms of federal sentencing policy. He was disappointed.

Minimizing risks and responding to data breaches
Canadian Lawywer InHouse, online
Data security breaches, when data is released to or accessed by unauthorized individuals, have been all over the headlines, writes Davis LLP partner Kelly Friedman. The recent crises experienced by Sony, Target, Michael's, Canada Revenue Agency, and others are hard to ignore, as are the growing number of privacy breach class actions.

When your partner leaves
Lexpert
Partner mobility is completely normal in the current legal market, writes Richard Stock in his legal departments column. Firms gain and lose partners every year. But when a company's relationship partner moves to another firm, general counsel rarely receive advance notice.

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REGIONAL FIRM RANKING
Canadian Lawyer is once again taking votes for our latest regional firm ranking. This time firms from Alberta, British Columbia and the territories are in the spotlight, so please take a minute to participate in our survey and rank the top Western and Northern full-service firms you feel are deserving of recognition.

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