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June, 2017
  • Cross-border deals now the norm

    With M&A increasingly global, American trends are finding their way into Canadian deals. Call it the big sister-little sister effect, but trends in deal making in the United States have been creeping up to Canada. Developments in M&A in the U.S. that have made their way northward include materiality scrapes, representation and warranty insurance and sandbagging provisions — in a large part due to more open trade borders.
  • June 2017 - Priced for value

    Canadian Lawyer’s annual Legal Fees Survey shows that the billable hour is far from dead, but it doesn’t hurt to get creative. According to this year’s survey, 53 per cent of respondents have no plans to change their current fees.
  • Tracking dirty money

    A turf war between law societies and the federal government is almost inevitable with new rules on anti-money laundering and terrorist financing in the pipeline. From where he sits in his downtown Vancouver office, Kim Marsh doesn’t like what he sees.
  • Full disclosure

    Offshore accounts will soon be much easier to track for Canadian authorities as a new treaty comes into effect. Starting July 1, the Canada Revenue Agency will be receiving information on residents’ offshore accounts of any amount.


  • Helping women facing violence

    Helping women facing violence

    Deepa Mattoo’s work at the Barbra Schlifer legal clinic is part of a long-term strategy to train a new breed of lawyer. In August of last year, Deepa Mattoo started a new role as legal director of the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic in Toronto — a busy space with a small staff at College and Bathurst Streets in Toronto that helps women who have experienced violence seek legal and emotional support.
  • Restricting foreign ownership

    Restricting foreign ownership

    Rules preventing non-residents from owning property are nothing new, but they are back in the spotlight with a red hot real estate market. Overheated housing markets with rampant property speculation and skyrocketing land values have resulted in restrictions on foreign buyers by two provincial governments as stories of residents and workers being pushed out of their communities abound. And while the initiatives are designed to impose some sort of control in communities where many are having trouble accessing housing,


  • Philip Slayton

    The SCC’s place in the world

    Top courts in other countries play very different roles than Canada’s Supreme Court. As democracy falters, top courts, sometimes reluctantly, sometimes eagerly, take on political and policy roles previously the prerogative of elected officials. Professors of political science sometimes call this process “countermajoritarianism.” (Only academics could dream up such a hideous word.)
  • Stephen Mabey

    Pricing innovation

    Law firms say they are innovating in how they charge clients, but the rubber has yet to hit the road. There is good news for law firm websites. There is a new series of non-differentiating phrases that can be used in conjunction with the existing ones.
  • Tim Wilbur

    Editor's Desk

    Show me the (laundered) money

    Our June issue of Canadian Lawyer has a money theme. We publish our annual Legal Fees Survey in this issue, which we hope will help lawyers and law firms better understand how their fees compare to their competition. Often, lawyers make these business decisions based on little to no data, and our survey is meant to help address that.


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