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  • Critical topics facing the legal community

    Critical topics facing the legal community

    Oct 1, 2018

    Throughout 2018, Canadian Lawyer, with research partners RSM Canada and CIBC, invited members of the legal community to provide input on six critical topics facing the legal community.

  • Critical topics facing the legal community

    Critical topics facing the legal community

    Oct 1, 2018

    Law firms are under increasing pressure to run their businesses more effectively. Throughout 2018, Canadian Lawyer, with research partners RSM Canada and CIBC, invited members of the legal community to provide input on six critical topics facing the legal community, including diversity, succession planning, talent, growth/capitalization, expense control and technology.

  • The right leaders

    The right leaders

    Sep 24, 2018

    It’s been a decade since Stewart McKelvey moved toward a leadership model that places a chief executive officer in the key management role, dispensing of the usual managing partner role typically employed by law firms.

  • OBA launches first Innovator-in-Residence program

    OBA launches first Innovator-in-Residence program

    Aug 2, 2018

    A new and unique program launched today by the Ontario Bar Association aims to identify, develop and advance innovations that will help members better serve their clients.

  • Dealing with harassment

    Dealing with harassment

    Jul 16, 2018

    Law firms struggle with how to deal with sexual harassment, but changes are afoot.

  • Law firm to start name-blind hiring for summer students

    Law firm to start name-blind hiring for summer students

    Jul 10, 2018

    A Toronto law firm will be removing names from hundreds of applications it receives from law students hopeful to land a summer position at the firm in an effort to promote more diverse recruitment.

  • 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.