law firms

  • The best of both worlds

    The best of both worlds

    Feb 18, 2019

    Step on an elevator anywhere on the East Coast and whoever is inside will say hello — family, friend or perfect stranger. Inevitably they will comment on the weather. Connecting with those in the community is part of the fabric of life in the four provinces that comprise Atlantic Canada.

  • Not just the money

    Not just the money

    Feb 11, 2019

    Increased demand for experienced lawyers may explain a disparity in salary range revealed in the Canadian Lawyer annual compensation survey between new calls and those with more experience.

  • Why law firms can’t compete

    Why law firms can’t compete

    Feb 11, 2019

    Law firms are failing. They are failing society and clients by not providing accessible and affordable legal services and by offering the wrong services. They are failing their internal stakeholders by assuming only senior lawyers contribute to law firm success.

  • Chalmers, O’Brien to become judges

    Chalmers, O’Brien to become judges

    Feb 4, 2019

    William Chalmers, a 30-year veteran of Hughes Amys LLP, will take up a new role on the bench, the Minister of Justice said in a Jan. 31 announcement.

  • Meritas implements cybersecurity standards for member firms to keep confidential data protected

    Meritas implements cybersecurity standards for member firms to keep confidential data protected

    Jan 22, 2019

    Meritas Law Firms Worldwide, a global law firm network that includes 11 Canadian firms, has recently implemented cybersecurity standards for all current and future member firms to follow as part of its quality assurance program.

  • Blakes hosts demo day to show how it's working with emerging legal tech companies

    Blakes hosts demo day to show how it's working with emerging legal tech companies

    Jan 21, 2019

    It’s not often you see a mini trade show of technology vendors set up inside one of Canada’s largest national law firms, but in an effort to show clients how it is working to innovate with the emerging legal ecosystem, Blake Cassels and Graydon LLP opened its doors to host a tech demo day last week in Toronto.

  • Flexibility, collaboration top of mind for millennial lawyers in work spaces

    Flexibility, collaboration top of mind for millennial lawyers in work spaces

    Jan 16, 2019

    Collaborative office spaces and flexible working arrangements aren’t just aspects associated with Silicon Valley tech startups anymore — they are features, along with also having a private office for independent work, that young lawyers desire, according to a recent report from the United States called What Millennial Attorneys Want.

  • Canadian Walied Soliman named global chair of Norton Rose Fulbright board

    Canadian Walied Soliman named global chair of Norton Rose Fulbright board

    Jan 8, 2019

    Walied Soliman has been named global chairman of Norton Rose Fulbright, heading up the firm’s supervisory board.

  • LSBC regulation worries small firms more than larger firms

    LSBC regulation worries small firms more than larger firms

    Jan 7, 2019

    As the Law Society of British Columbia moves deeper into law firm regulation and registration in 2019, managing partners see a varied impact on their firms and roles. Partners in larger firms are unfazed, while those in smaller and mid-sized firms worry about time and cost of imposing another layer of regulation.

  • Law firms rolling out SaaS collaboration platform to clients

    Law firms rolling out SaaS collaboration platform to clients

    Dec 21, 2018

    Increasingly, corporate in-house clients want access to online collaboration tools to make communication with their law firms easier.

  • Incorporating Machiavelli into the mergers and acquisitions department

    Dec 17, 2018

    Niccolò di Bernardo dei Machiavelli was the Renaissance-era politician, writer, philosopher and name-sake of the adjective “Machiavellian,” frequently used in political discourse to refer to achieving power through cunning, manipulative, cynical, ruthless and immoral means.

  • Innovating in-house with law firm and vendor partners

    Innovating in-house with law firm and vendor partners

    Oct 23, 2018

    When legal departments work collaboratively with their external firms and technology partners on real-world problems, innovation can happen in interesting and cost-effective ways and it doesn’t have to mean reduced fees for law firms.

  • Stikeman Elliott shakes up managing partner roles

    Stikeman Elliott shakes up managing partner roles

    Oct 15, 2018

    Stikeman Elliott LLP has named a new chairman of the firm and three new managing partners in Toronto, Montréal and Calgary.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • B.C.’s Okanagan startup industry spurs legal work

    B.C.’s Okanagan startup industry spurs legal work

    Sep 11, 2018

    B.C.’s Okanagan incubator atmosphere for new technology startups is spurring work for the legal sector as support ranges from incorporations and patents to multi-million-dollar transactions. According to a local 2016 study, the technology sector is valued at $1.3 billion — and growing — with 600 companies employing 8,000 individuals.

  • New process for law firms setting up in N.S.

    Aug 7, 2018

    For lawyers looking to hang out their shingle in Nova Scotia, the process has become longer, more involved and, according to the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society, much better.

  • 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.

  • Five partners leave McLean & Kerr for Dentons Canada

    Five partners leave McLean & Kerr for Dentons Canada

    Jul 24, 2018

    Dentons Canada announced Tuesday that 10 individuals from McLean & Kerr LLP, a boutique law firm known in the Toronto market for its commercial real estate and litigation practice, were joining the firm in Toronto.