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  • Beware of rogue clients

    May 14, 2018

    A recent incident involving Bay Street titan Goodmans LLP has shone a light on the issue of rogue clients and the potential damage they can inflict on a law firm’s brand.

  • The small-firm advantage

    The small-firm advantage

    Apr 9, 2018

    Lawyers at smaller firms are often better able to innovate than they think.

  • The right price: Our 2018 Legal Fees Survey

    The right price: Our 2018 Legal Fees Survey

    Apr 2, 2018

    Canadian Lawyer’s 2018 Legal Fees Survey shows some bright spots for law firms despite a highly competitive market.

  • Hail, hail the blockchain kings!

    Apr 2, 2018

    Canadian law firms are tripping over themselves to be identified with the growing blockchain bandwagon and be seen as a leader in this rapidly emerging field.

  • Measuring your firm’s success

    Measuring your firm’s success

    Feb 26, 2018

    Key performance indicators, when done right, should offer a quick snapshot of how to better run your law firm.

  • The ins and outs of succession planning in a family-run law firm

    The ins and outs of succession planning in a family-run law firm

    Jan 11, 2018

    Canadian Lawyer spoke with some lawyers who work in family-owned and family-run practices with their siblings, parents and children. We asked them for their tips on succession planning for the next generation.

  • Evolving with the times: Top 10 Ontario regional firms

    Evolving with the times: Top 10 Ontario regional firms

    Sep 5, 2017

    Globalization is no longer a theoretical trend for Ontario’s regional firms, but they are uniquely placed to provide value for clients.

  • Let the law-tech wars begin

    Aug 28, 2017

    The legal technology revolution appears to be in full swing, as a number of global law firms have recently announced incubators or accelerators to nurture law-tech startups.

  • Cambridge LLP expands north to Elliot Lake

    Cambridge LLP expands north to Elliot Lake

    Aug 23, 2017

    Toronto, Burlington and now . . . Elliot Lake. What started as a plan to semi-retire in the town he grew up in has turned into a whole new opportunity for lawyer Doug Elliott to expand Cambridge LLP’s base into Northern Ontario.

  • July 2017 - Compensation growth

    July 2017 - Compensation growth

    Jul 4, 2017

    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.

  • Learning from Heenan Blaikie’s miscues

    Apr 3, 2017

    When national law firm Heenan Blaikie LLP blew up in early 2014, I covered the story for Canadian Lawyer, writing about a Frankenstorm of events that caused the firm’s demise. So when former Heenan co-managing partner Norm Bacal’s book Breakdown: The Inside Story of The Rise and Fall of Heenan Blaikie came out in early March, I was curious to read it.

  • A time of transition - Part 2

    A time of transition - Part 2

    Mar 13, 2017

    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

    A time of transition - Part 1

    Mar 6, 2017

    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.

  • Heenan Blaikie breakdown

    Heenan Blaikie breakdown

    Mar 6, 2017

    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.

  • Nimble and focused

    Nimble and focused

    Oct 31, 2016