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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.

No privilege at the border

  • December 01, 2013
  • Doug Beazley

Cyndee Todgham Cherniak is amazed by how little many Canadians know about the power border officials have to seize documents covered by solicitor client-privilege. Doug Beazley takes a look at what’s covered and what’s not.

Tech resolutions for 2014

  • November 01, 2013
  • James Careless

Don’t look now, but 2013 is almost over. It might not be your style to make resolutions for yourself for the new year, but how about resolving to keep your firm in the latest tech fashion? James Careless offers up some suggestions.