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Frankenstorm brings down Heenan Blaikie
Canadian Lawyer
Ask Marshall Pawar what brought down Heenan Blaikie LLP and the corporate lawyer slyly dodges the question, telling a reporter he prefers to focus on his new venture, MEP Business Counsel. But his answers still speak volumes about the future of national law firms.



Prison segregation rising
Law Times
Seven years after Ashley Smith strangled herself to death with a piece of clothing in a small prison cell, there has been "no substantial change" to the use of solitary confinement, according to the ombudsman for federal inmates.

2014 Canadian Lawyer Legal Fees Survey
Canadian Lawyer
Associate salaries are back on the upswing, but new lawyers may have to do more for their money in the future, judging by the results of Canadian Lawyer's 2014 Compensation Survey.

Lawyer who posted Crown disclosure online admits 'terrible mistake'
Law Times
An Ottawa lawyer has made an emotional apology to the Law Society of Upper Canada for "foolishly" posting Crown disclosure from a client's criminal case on the Internet.



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Developing the North
Lexpert
Resource projects in northern Canada are poised to expand. The challenges for companies - and their law firms - are complex

Broader border concerns
Canadian Lawyer
The inter-jurisdictional movement of children is nothing new. But as travel has become cheaper, the number of cases has increased significantly, and neither legislation nor the common law in Canada has kept pace with the issues that arise.


Hospital class action informed by intrusion upon seclusion case
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
The lawyer for plaintiffs pursuing a class action against Toronto's Rouge Valley Centenary says recent privacy breach cases helped inform the $412-million lawsuit.

Ruling bases severance obligations on nationwide payroll
Law Times
Justice Paul Kane of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice has challenged existing jurisprudential wisdom by holding that the payroll used for determining an employer's liability for statutory severance should be calculated with reference to all of a company's Canadian operations.



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Moving to the other side
Canadian Lawyer
For 33 years Jim Lowry put accused criminals in jail. Now he's defending them. The personable Torontonian joined the city's police force in 1976, a year out of high school. He rose from walking the beat to probing complex white-collar frauds.

Lawyers excited about bitcoin opportunities
Law Times
The world's most cautious profession and the world's most unpredictable digital currency make strange bedfellows, but the meteoric rise of bitcoin has lawyers across a wide variety of practice areas excited.

Disbarred lawyer's arrest ordered
Law Times
A B.C. judge has ordered the arrest of a former Ontario lawyer who has been practising law without a licence. Click here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.



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Gaps in construction law
Law Times, editorial
For those who wonder why the construction law bar has expressed concern about a potential looming lack of judicial expertise to handle construction lien matters, they only need to look at a late June Superior Court decision that took a master to task for his decision in the case.

Everybody need apply
Canadian Lawyer, editorial
It seems the federal government has pissed lawyers off again, this time over who's applying for spots on the federal bench.

A new and exciting frontier
Canadian Lawyer
With the frontier of economic development heading north and west, it's an exciting time to be practising aboriginal law, writes guest Back Page columnist Bob Rae. Change will come — it will require effort and imagination, but it will come.




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Courts should relent on recording defence medical examinations
Law Times
Alan Shanoff, in his Social Justice column, points out how odd it is that we continue to debate the recording of litigation-related medical assessments while video and audiotaping become a staple of society.

Rewards of expanding in emerging markets outweigh risks
Lexpert
When it comes to global expansion, Canadian companies are typically a cautious bunch, writes Lori-Ann Beausoleil at PwC. This may be why only 30 per cent of them have operations in emerging markets where there's a higher risk of corruption, compared to 50 per cent of organizations globally.

Seizing opportunity
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
Law practice program student Matt Hopkins says he had no idea the real challenge to getting a job in law would be securing an articling position in the aftermath of a global economic recession.



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