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July, 2017
  • Collaborative practice comes into its own

    Many family law disputes are better resolved with a team in a non-adversarial setting, and more lawyers are offering this kind of help. As collaborative practice grows in popularity, a number of family lawyers across the country are working to launch Canada’s first inter-disciplinary organization.
  • Marijuana at work

    With legalized recreational pot coming, employment lawyers are anticipating a steady stream of legal issues. As Canada prepares to become the first G7 country to legalize the consumption and sale of recreational marijuana, lawyers are preparing for the impact of the legalization on labour and employment law from a workplace safety perspective.
  • Coaching lawyers

    Coaches offer high-performing lawyers training in how to overcome their biggest obstacle: themselves. Lawyers, as a group, are more likely to display certain traits than are other professions. Practitioners who have too few or too many of those traits may find it blocks their road to success.

DEPARTMENTS

  • Tackling corruption

    Tackling corruption

    Working on Quebec’s Charbonneau Commission was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Simon Tremblay.
  • July 2017 - Compensation growth

    July 2017 - Compensation growth

    Lawyer salaries have seen an increase overall, but so have the expectations of those doing the hiring. Prospects appear to be somewhat brighter for lawyers as law firms and legal departments settle into 2017, with many looking to add to their complement of lawyers while also indicating slight increases in compensation. But the environment in which today’s new lawyer works is more demanding than ever.

OPINIONS

  • Philip Slayton

    Too busy to work

    I’m very busy!” Ask a lawyer how they’re doing, what they’re up to these days, some sort of vague question like that, and they’ll almost certainly say “I’m very busy” or something similar, maybe even something more dramatic, such as “I’m going out of my mind with all the work, it just keeps pouring in” accompanied by a nervous shake of the head and possibly a wringing of hands.
  • Tim Wilbur

    Your biggest obstacle is your mind

    Clients. Research. Billings. Technology. Clients. Home. Clients. Emails. Court. Research. Clients. Partners. Students. Marketing. Billing. Clients. Clients. Clients. Stop. Any lawyer in private practice can likely relate. It is a never-ending treadmill. If you aren’t in private practice, just substitute some of those words — maybe “boss” instead of “clients” or “meetings” instead of “marketing” but you get the point. It is all so overwhelming, but what can you do? Being busy is a sign of success, right? Having nothing to do would be worse.
  • Jim Middlemiss

    Playing the Jordan ‘Trump’ card

    Canada’s 150th birthday also marks a darker anniversary. It’s been one year since the Supreme Court of Canada ruled in R. v. Jordan. The controversial case, which turned the justice system on its ear, drew an arbitrary line in the sand, setting 18 months for provincial court and 30 months at the superior court system as the outside deadline for bringing cases to trial.

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