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Retirement: Dare to dream
Canadian Lawyer
In this month's cover story, we look at the retirement prospects for a generation of lawyers. For many in their mid-to-late career, the inability to even consider retirement is very real these days as the profession gets squeezed by a number of competing forces generally acting negatively on their financial statements.


Carriage decision fails to provide expected guidance: lawyer
Law Times
A new Divisional Court ruling upholding an earlier decision granting carriage to a group of law firms in the Barrick Gold Corp. class action has failed to provide the guidance many had hoped for, some lawyers say.

Lien masters subordinate to judges, court finds
Law Times
The authority of a master presiding over a reference hearing under the Construction Lien Act is below that of a Superior Court judge, the Ontario Divisional Court has concluded.

Canadian Lawyer
Some say the CCCA offers more flexibility and creativity in liquidation situations than the more rule-based BIA. The liquidation of Target Canada may offer a case in point.

Top 10 Ontario Firms


Legal Fees Survey: The Going Rate
Canadian Lawyer
After years of steady decline, Canadian litigation fees have finally returned to the heights of the pre-global-recession era, but Canadian lawyers aren't happy about it.

B.C. mining company latest to be challenged in Canada for alleged actions abroad
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
A Vancouver-based mining company is arguing that protesters hurt outside one of their subsidiary locations in Guatemala in 2013 should not be able to sue them in Canada for injuries sustained during that protest.

Commercial list informality criticized in receivership case
Law Times
In its first pronouncement on so-called investigative receiverships, the Ontario Court of Appeal has sounded a cautionary note about the informality of procedural and substantive practices on Toronto's celebrated commercial list.

Will upcoming amendments to the Patent Act help repair Canada's reputation?
The sophistication of Canada's patent system lags behind many other jurisdictions. But with upcoming amendments to the Patent Act, is that about to change?

Top 25 Influential Voting


Getting your foot in the articling door
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
Meenakshi Lakhanpal, an Osgoode Hall Law School student now articling with Deeth Williams Wall LLP, got offered articling positions from all three firms she interviewed with as well as with the one she worked with in the summer following 1L. So what was her strategy?

A new portfolio
Canadian Lawyer
Kimberly Murray's new job is, as she wryly points out, the fifth of 17 recommendations in the 2013 Iacobucci report on First Nations legal issues, and she actually asked the interview panel for assurances that she wasn't being set up to fail.

Stereotypes continue to arise in sexual assault cases: prof
Law Times
Despite numerous reforms to the law around sexual assault, many judges still appear to be analyzing evidence and credibility based on outdated assumptions, say some experts in the field.

Lawyer has choice words for LSUC
Law Times
A lawyer who won his appeal of a ruling revoking his licence to practise law by the Law Society Tribunal had choice words for the regulator in his bid for costs. Click here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.

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Another affront to democracy
Law Times, editorial
The provincial government has landed in hot water for changes to the rules against partisan advertising. Critics say the changes will gut a law hailed as a welcome bar against spending public money on ads promoting the party in power.

A great Canadian
Canadian Lawyer, online
Last month Canada lost one of its most important and influential voices when Alan Borovoy died of heart failure at the age of 83.

What does sharing economy mean for the contract of the future?
Law Times
What businesses like Uber exemplify is the fact that people will trust others based on factors such as online reviews as opposed to what lawyers consider important such as laws, regulations, a traditional contract or terms of service, writes Monica Goyal in her Bits & Bytes column.

Tax implications of crowdfunding a work in progress
Law Times
While crowdfunding offers developers or charitable causes a means of directly accessing funding from supporters, which may have advantages over traditional approaches and offer a more direct relationship with them, the tax implications of such arrangements are a growing area of focus, writes Ryan Prendergast in this week's Speaker's Corner.

Taking a bite out of the sharing economy
Canadian Lawyer
As companies like Uber and Airbnb hit critical mass in public popularity they are wreaking havoc with long-standing regulatory processes, zoning laws, condo rules, and tax regimes. That spells opportunities for lawyers, who have to sort out the legal mess that innovation creates, writes Jim Middlemiss in his Back Page column.

Atlantic Directory 2015-16

Legal Feeds


Reader's Choice - CLOSES TODAY
Canadian Lawyer is launching its first annual Readers' Choice Survey. This survey is designed to allow you, our readers, to tell us which vendors and service providers are the best at what they do. Categories include: ADR & Mediation Chambers; Financial Services & Consulting; Legal Research; Legal Technology; Litigation Support & Consulting; Real Estate; and Recruiting & Staffing. The winners will be announced in a special report in the October 2015 edition of Canadian Lawyer magazine.

This week's Law Times poll
Was the Superior Court right to order a new trial over a paralegal's donation to a Small Claims Court deputy judge's cycling fundraiser? Click here to have your say in the weekly Law Times poll.


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Case law

Case Law is a sample selection from the weekly summaries of notable unreported civil and criminal court decisions published in Law Times newspaper.

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