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The annual Canadian Lawyer Legal Fees Survey is back and we needs your input! With some of the most sought-after results, the survey's aim is to accumulate data about the fees law firms charge for the most commonly services in order to create a comprehensive picture of the average costs for those services at both regional and national levels.

As usual, information about yourself and your firm will be kept strictly confidential and results will only be used in the aggregate.

The survey is split into nine different practice areas: civil litigation, commercial, criminal, family, immigration, intellectual property, real estate, and wills and estates. This year we have also added in a section for labour and employment law. You only need to provide responses for your areas of practice.

The survey closes on March 30 and results will be published in the June 2015 issue of Canadian Lawyer.

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Light through the window
Canadian Lawyer
In our cover story this month, we take a critical look at the systems and procedures of the Canadian Judicial Council, which found itself battered and bruised after the four-year inquiry of Justice Lori Douglas.

Prof touts ABS plus
Law Times
Adding fuel to an already-raging debate on alternative business structures, the Law Society of Upper Canada has released a report laying out the wide-ranging perspectives it has received from the profession so far on whether to let non-lawyers own law firms.

Move towards online dispute resolution gathers steam
Law Times
A report prepared by legal futurist Richard Susskind for Britain's Civil Justice Council suggests online dispute resolution is emerging as the latest threat to lawyer participation in the provision of legal services.

Largest law firms in Canada
Law Times, online
This year, for the first time in recent memory, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin tops the ranking of largest law firms. Visit our website to see the other top firms for 2015. And don't forget to check out last year's list.

Taylor McCaffrey


Taking on the big guns
Canadian Lawyer
Aniz Alani says he's "just a guy with a credit card and some vacation time." So why isn't the 33-year-old husband and father taking his young family off to Disney World? Wouldn't that be an easier way to spend his free time and money — certainly more fun, than say, taking the prime minister to court?

The rise of 'HR malpractice' insurance
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
Some groundbreaking decisions in labour and employment law may have some companies wondering what they would do if they were ever hit with a major claim they hadn't budgeted for — could they foot the bill, not only for any damages awarded by a court, but for the legal costs incurred?

Arbitrator's removal reignites debate over med-arb
Law Times
A mediator-arbitrator removed from a case for apprehension of bias says he was simply giving the parties what people sign up for when they choose that particular method of alternative dispute resolution.

Grey divorce is all about the math
Canadian Lawyer
It used to be the seven-year itch, a mid-life crisis around 40, or empty nesters were the three typical groups seeking divorce. Increasingly though, a fourth category has emerged over the years — those over 55 who no longer want or feel the need to stay in unhappy marriages.

Experienced benchers offer insight into campaign strategies
Law Times
Strategies seasoned benchers use to get elected need to vary with location and the candidate's specific firm and practice. Candidates also need to take into account the organizations they're a part of and what they can do.

Thompson Dorfman


U of T Students' Law Society holds off on the #OneDayofPay campaign
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
The #OneDayofPay campaign that asks students who get summer jobs to give a day of pay to help those who only have unpaid jobs didn't launch as planned.

Winnipeg: holding steady
Canadian Lawyer
At a time when there is increased uncertainty in other parts of the country, especially where fortunes are more dependent on the state of the oil and gas sector, Winnipeg's legal community is brimming with enthusiasm and optimism.

Do some navel gazing
Canadian Lawyer
An uncertain economy, regulatory changes, changing client demands, increased competition, and the introduction of new players as well as the ongoing evolution of technology has put enormous pressure on the practice of law on all levels. Being efficient may well make the difference between the firm that survives and the one that doesn't.

Sniffer dogs next frontier in workplace drug testing
Law Times
That practice of using drug-sniffing dogs to find illegal drugs on employees is on hold now, though, after an arbitrator ruled in January it was akin to a random drug test.

CBA award winners announced
Law Times
The Canadian Bar Association has recognized a number of lawyers through its 2015 awards. Click here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.



Bricks and bouquets
Law Times, editorial
With lots of positive developments as well as some questionable decisions in the legal world lately, it's a good time to toss a few bouquets to those who deserve some praise and bricks to those who are off the mark.

Recognizing lawyers' unique role
Canadian Lawyer, online
While no lawyer was ever affected by the stringent reporting rules in the federal government's money-laundering legislation that some said would turn them into "agents of the state," last month's unanimous ruling from the Supreme Court of Canada has literally set lawyers apart from other professionals on this front.

Bell Mobility deserves punitive damages for arrogance in 911 case
Law Times
Alan Shanoff writes about an egregious case of corporate arrogance in his Social Justice column relating to Bell Mobility's move to charge subscribers a monthly fee for a non-existent service and attempting to justify it in class action litigation.

Nova Scotia's cyber bullying law is a disaster
Canadian Lawyer, online
Privacy lawyer David Fraser writes that Nova Scotia's Cyber-safety Act fails to take into account in any way that all expression is protected by the Charter and can only be regulated or suppressed by reasonable limits, prescribed by law.

Hill Sokalski


OTLA's ABS submission couches own interest as protecting the public
Law Times
In this week's Speaker's Corner, Stephen Mabey argues that the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association's submission in response to the Law Society of Upper Canada's discussion paper on alternative business structures reads like a self-interested protectionist stance for the status quo for a cottage industry.

It's time to scrap articling
Canadian Lawyer
Why not scrap articling, or at least radically overhaul it? The thought is not novel, but could be timely, given the economic climate, writes Jim Middlemiss in this month's Back Page column.

Canadian consumers already benefiting from Korean trade deal
Law Times
Canadian consumers are already benefiting from the Canada-South Korea free-trade agreement that came into force on Jan. 1, writes Patrick Gervais in his Trade Matters column.

Women in criminal defence: the good, the ugly, and the truth
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
JD student Ines Gavran writes that it is possible for women to balance their professional and home lives. Recently, the Criminal Law Students Association of the University of Ottawa, organized a women in criminal law panel. Guests included successful and accomplished professionals who were also mothers and wives.

Filemore Riley

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