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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.

Avoiding commercial mortgage fraud: ‘Sweat the small details’

  • May 01, 2013
  • Becky Rynor

While mortgage fraud itself is nothing new, even as recently as four years ago fraudsters concentrated on properties on the lower end of the price range. Recently, however, fraud involving higher-priced commercial properties has been happening more often. It’s bold, high-stakes and relatively easy to pull off, writes Becky Rynor.

Collective bargaining and the Canadian Competition Act

  • May 01, 2013
  • John Bodrug

A current investigation by the Canadian Competition Bureau into alleged illegal agreements by several concrete forming contractors in Toronto highlights the need to ensure that collective agreements comply with the Competition Act, writes John Bodrug, a partner with Davies, Ward, Phillips & Vineberg in Toronto.