Kevin Cheung

Kevin Cheung

Kevin Cheung is an associate at Fleck Law. He is the CLE liaison for the sole, small firm and general practice section of the Ontario Bar Association. He will be tackling issues facing sole and small firms. He can be reached by email.

How AI is shaking up legal practice

Displacement of junior lawyers at large firms could be a boon to smaller firms

Start your contingency planning with a risk assessment

Start your contingency planning with a risk assessment

Especially for sole practitioners and small firms, evaluating risk is an essential aspect of contingency planning

Overcoming staff resistance to firm changes

Overcoming staff resistance to firm changes

Kevin Cheung on how small-to-mid-sized firms can implement change effectively

Reducing the risk of ransomware attacks

The recent and alarming spate of high profile ransomware attacks against government entities and courthouses in the United States, should be a reminder for law firms to maintain vigilance in protecting computer networks and client data.

Applying diversity and inclusion to small firms

Diversity and inclusion have been trending for several years and have exploded recently. More than ever, the spotlight is on what law firms are doing to advance diversity and inclusion in the profession.

Burnout redefined by the World Health Organization

Burnout, whether your own or your staff's, drains productivity. It reduces efficiency and increases absenteeism and presenteeism (working while sick). One of the problems with burnout is that many of us only have a vague sense of what it is, if we recognize it at all.

Business maintenance 101

In our personal lives, we maintain cars, a home and our health. Similarly, our law firms also require regular under-the-hood maintenance. Certain set-it-and-forget-it elements of a business require our periodic attention to keep things running smoothly. Some of these include: insurance contracts, security measures, policies and procedures manuals, contingency plans and relationships with third-party service providers.

For spring cleaning, cleanse the clutter – but also clear morale-marring negativity

Spring cleaning is something some of us do in our personal lives. It can be a valuable exercise to incorporate into our professional lives too. Clutter detracts from productivity. Even if one functions well in a messy office, there is time lost in searching for needed items, and clutter is a source of distraction.

Do benchers even matter to small firms?

Law societies are governed by a board of directors. In many jurisdictions, these directors are called benchers. Some are appointed but many are elected by lawyers across the province. They determine matters relevant to lawyers. They establish law society rules and policies. They also serve as adjudicators in disciplinary hearings. Why then do so many lawyers, especially those in small firms, decline to exercise their right to vote for benchers

The ICE system - prioritizing your projects

Lawyers are constantly juggling multiple tasks and projects. To-do lists can be so long and overwhelming that one does not even know where to start. This can lead to avoiding doing any task of importance until we absolutely have to do it. It can also result in shutting down and feeling burned out even before we start any tasks. A helpful tool for managing to-dos is the ICE system, a simple and effective method of prioritizing tasks and projects.