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March, 2017
  • Requests for proposals

    The RFP process has become more sophisticated and complex, but law firms still have to play ball to get on the preferred panel list. Law firms are seeing companies take an increasingly sophisticated approach in the way they procure and engage legal services. And many of the larger corporations are using requests for proposals to create panels of law firms to consolidate the number of firms with which they are working.
  • Unbundling for the underserved family law client

    Proponents of unbundling family law services say it can help access to justice and tap into a new market. Family law lawyers have access to an untapped market, and many of them aren’t taking advantage of it.
  • A time of transition - Part 2

    This article is a continuation of ''A Time of Transition'' from the March issue of Canadian Lawyer magazine. Click here to read Part 1.
  • A time of transition - Part 1

    Significant changes have hit the legal economy in Manitoba and Saskatchewan and out-of-province interest is not abating. A lot has changed since Canadian Lawyer last surveyed top Prairie firms in 2013. This time around, the historical definition of what constitutes a regional firm in the Prairies was updated to allow the inclusion of MLT Aikins LLP and Miller Thomson LLP, both of which have offices in more than one province in Canada.
  • Labour law overhaul

    Ontario’s ‘Changing Workplaces Review’ could swing the pendulum toward employees. Reforms are coming to Ontario’s labour laws, but how far-ranging they will be — or even if the Wynne government will implement them before the next provincial elections in 2018 — remains to be seen.
  • The startup economy

    Law firms need to play the long game to score entrepreneurial clients. When Ryan Clements joined the Calgary office of Blake Cassels & Graydon LLP as an articling student, it represented a step into the unknown for members of the Clements clan. “I was the first in my family to be employed,” Clements says.

DEPARTMENTS

  • Heenan Blaikie breakdown

    Heenan Blaikie breakdown

    Three years after the collapse of the law firm he helped build, Norman Bacal reflects with his version of the inside story. Two pieces of framed artwork sit propped up against the wall next to Norman Bacal’s new desk at the Toronto offices of intellectual property firm Smart & Biggar Fetherstonaugh. The space is rather sparse — he hasn’t spent a lot of time here yet.

OPINIONS

  • Jim Middlemiss

    Bringing transparency to referral fees

    For better or worse, the personal injury firm Diamond & Diamond has become the poster child for referral fees. The Toronto-based firm, with its trademarked 1-800-567-HURT phone line and “consultation” offices stretching from Timmins to Windsor, Ont., advertises heavily across the province and has been known to use models in skin-tight pants and shirts to plug its legal services, much to the chagrin of many personal injury lawyers.
  • Tim Wilbur

    The culture of entrepreneurs

    Every year, we at Canadian Lawyer aim to connect with law firms and lawyers across the country in person to find out what is happening in their world. Last fall, I travelled to Nova Scotia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. My colleagues went to Quebec and B.C. and we all meet with many lawyers at our home base in Ontario. In our daily reporting, we speak and correspond with lawyers in other regions on a regular basis as well.

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