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The worldwide web can catch unsuspecting lawyers

  • August 01, 2014
  • James Careless

Working online is often touted as the way of the future for lawyers, and it may well make much of what they do easier. But the worldwide web also holds hidden traps for the unsuspecting, as Ottawa lawyer David Ian Amber discovered. James Careless tells the cautionary tale.

Online privacy: The practical fallout from Spencer

  • August 01, 2014
  • Jason Scott Alexander

With its June ruling in R. v. Spencer, the Supreme Court of Canada put a limit on the kind of information the police can obtain without a warrant from a person or organization. Jason Scott Alexander looks at what this decision means for individuals and organizations, as well as for the country's law enforcement agencies.

Five key questions to ask before joining a board

  • May 01, 2014
  • Julie Sobowale

Sitting on a board can be a great way to gild your CV and add a little cash to your income stream. But caveat director (bad Latin intended) – it could also be an enormously frustrating waste of time and energy. Julie Sobowale offers up some tips for questions to ask before accepting invitations to sit on boards – not surprisingly, the more due diligence you do, the better.

TFW program creating headaches all over

  • May 01, 2014
  • Doug Beazley

The temporary foreign worker program is supposed to make thingseasier for employers. Instead, some employers' alleged abuse of the program is causing headaches for government and others who rely on the system to keep their businesses open. And then there are the lawyers, trying to keep track of policies that can change while they blink. Doug Beazley dips his toe in the quicksand that is the TFW program.

Navigating your way through the business of law

  • February 01, 2014
  • Becky Rynor

One of the joys of practising in a big firm is that it’s someone else’s job to take care of the books. But the reality for many of today’s young and starting lawyers is that they’ll end up in solo practice — and there’s a growing sense that they’re going to need to know how to mind their own business, writes Becky Rynor.

Workplace transformation

  • December 01, 2013
  • Katya Hodge

In this article, which appeared in the November-December edition of National Magazine, Katya Hodge discusses the trend toward telecommuting, and whether it will ever really catch on in the legal world.

Communicating old-school

  • December 01, 2013
  • Jason Scott Alexander

While technology is being pushed as a shortcut to effective communication, sometimes you just can’t beat the old face-to-face conversation as a method of explaining complex or difficult information. Jason Alexander talks to lawyers who are using their voices to cut through the e-noise.