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The most requested survey of the year, Canadian Lawyer's annual Compensation Survey is now open. It is the only one of its kind in Canada, providing unique insight into the ways in which partners, associates, and in-house counsel are compensated across the country. At annual compensation review time as well as when hiring laterals, this survey is indispensable for managing partners, chief legal officers, partners, associates, and staff alike.

This year, we have expanded the survey to include staff lawyers and of counsel. These two growing categories within firms have never been measured before and we thought it was time.

Your participation in this survey is extremely important. Canadian Lawyer needs to compile as accurate a picture as possible in as many sectors as possible, so the results will be accurate and useful to you. We are looking for managing partners and the heads of corporate legal departments of all shapes and sizes to take a few minutes to fill out the questionnaire.

PLEASE HAVE ONLY ONE REPRESENTATIVE PER ORGANIZATION OR LOCATION FILL OUT THE SURVEY.

As the survey online must be filled out all at once and we do ask for financial information that may require some work prior to filling it out, 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.

To complete the survey click here. Survey closes May 4.

Thank you in advance for taking the time to participate. Results will appear in the July 2015 issue of Canadian Lawyer.

Gail J. Cohen
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Carving out a profile
Canadian Lawyer
In this month's cover story, we highlight the work of Supreme Court of Canada Justice Andromache Karakatsanis, who has already carved out a profile at the court in the three-and-half-years since she was elevated from the Ontario Court of Appeal. In addition to her role in the majority decisions that received the most media attention, she has been the author of a number of major rulings that will impact the legal community and the administration of justice.

OSC plays public interest card where insider trading didn't apply
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
A Mississauga, Ont., man has settled with the Ontario Securities Commission over trading on a tip from a friend that netted him a 623-per-cent profit in one day, even though the company wasn't a reporting issuer in Ontario.

Clinics bogged down by disability support applications
Law Times, online
A deluge of disability appeal work rooted in flawed Ontario Disability Support Program application and medical review processes may eat up a big chunk of newly available funds for expanded legal aid services, according to legal clinics.

Legal profession considers finer points of artificial intelligence
Law Times, online
The team behind Ross — Shuai Wang, Jimoh Ovbiagele, Akash Venkat, Pargles Dall'Oglio, and Andrew Arruda — says artificial intelligence is the future of legal research. Although the tool won't replace lawyers, they say it will help them increase efficiency and eliminate tedious tasks.

Police granted extra 12 months to try to crack suspect's computer encryption
Law Times, online
It's not quite The Imitation Game, but in a case demonstrating the difficulties of some criminal investigations, an Ontario Superior Court judge has granted Ottawa police another 12 months to try to crack the password on the hard drive of a college student's laptop computer because of its "complex" encryption.

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A sporting life
Canadian Lawyer
Jim Rossiter is the team leader of Dentons' sports group, overseeing a global crew that works on buying and selling teams, financing them, and developing, building, and financing the venues they play in.


When the lustre fades
Canadian Lawyer
Nobody saw Target Canada's abrupt departure from the marketplace coming, striking a terrible blow to dozens of landlords across the country who had counted on the allure the mega retailer would bring to their shopping centres.

Private equity rising in Canada
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Glimmers of hope have begun to shine a light on Canada's diverse private-equity market as it steadily gains strength.

Video: Art and the law
Law Times, online
Our reporter finds some surprising links between art and the law at a recent conference.

Windsor IP law clinic is where it's at
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
Law, technology, and entrepreneurship clinic (LTEC) has been around for just over five years, but has already made quite a splash in the intellectual property legal community in North America.



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St John's: Big-city practice, small town lifestyle
Canadian Lawyer
Arguably once the poorest province in Canada, Newfoundland and Labrador has discovered uptapped wealth in oil fields. St. John's is home to much of the new-found affluence, and legal practices in the city are thriving — and shifting focus — as a result.

A primer on the 2015 vote
Law Times
The one certainty about the upcoming bencher election is that there are going to be a significant number of new members on the Law Society of Upper Canada's governing body.

Colleges ready to disclose more information
Law Times
The more than two dozen colleges that regulate health professions in Ontario are in the process of making more information about their practitioners available on their public registries within the next few months.

New Ontario chief justice named
Law Times
The province has named Justice Lisa Maisonneuve as Ontario Court of Justice Chief Justice Annemarie Bonkalo's replacement next month. Click here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.



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Seeing justice done
Canadian Lawyer, editorial
Here's what we do know: the Law Society of Upper Canada is conducting some type and/or number of investigations into document reviewers working in Ontario. What we don't know: pretty much everything else.

Suds and plonk take centre stage at Queen's Park
Law Times
In his Inside Queen's Park column, Ian Harvey says Premier Kathleen Wynne's policy announcements aim to distract voters from the real issues: questions around the bribery allegations in relation to February's byelection in Sudbury, Ont.; the ongoing probe into the gas-plant e-mails; the lack of control on Pan Am Games spending; and looming tax hikes and job cuts in the upcoming budget.

New 10-year Chinese visas reflect expanding opportunities for Canada
Law Times
A reciprocal agreement between China and Canada on long-term multiple entry visas is a welcome change for Canadians who in the past had to deal with a cumbersome and lengthy visa application process for visits to China, writes Patrick Gervais in his Trade Matters column.

Size matters for KM
Canadian Lawyer
Knowledge management at law firms is about externalizing the knowledge held in lawyers' heads, writes Kate Simpson in her Tech Support column. Because we can't remember everything and everyone, we need to tap into a centralized system or repository as extensions of our brains.



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