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B.C. campaign finance reform needs improvement

B.C.’s underwhelming campaign finance bill is unlikely to have a big effect without capturing big business and union donations, Winnipeg corporate lawyer Rana Bokhari ... Read more

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AML compliance: some perspective about Manulife

By J. Bruce McMeekin I have been reading with interest the press reports criticizing FINTRAC for its decision in 2016 to publish, anonymously, the $1.15 million in ... Read more

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Bill highlights succession planning issues facing businesses

Although a private member’s bill aimed at making the intergenerational transfer of companies less restrictive is a step in the right direction, it will likely be one of ... Read more

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Who owns what when (or bona fide purchaser without notice)

By Inga Andriessen Occasionally this blog draws on recent cases in the firm and this blog is one of them. A fraudster provided a fake cheque as form of payment for a piece ... Read more

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Multiple wills could prove useful for some B.C. businesses

With probate now optional under British Columbia's new  Wills Estates and Succession Act , businesses owners in the province have the ability to create multiple wills, ... Read more

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Workplace acceptable use policy should be 'live' document

With many employees spending part of their workday on social media, it is important for organizations to develop an effective acceptable use policy (AUP) and review it regularly, ... Read more

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In July you could be sued for that email you’re about to send!

By Inga Andriessen Remember a few years ago there was a lot of noise in the media about the Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation, a.k.a. CASL. If you’re a small to medium ... Read more

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Law firm, legal community resources valuable for young lawyers

Although Calgary business lawyer  Cameron MacCarthy  says it was his firm’s strong emphasis on teamwork that helped him navigate his way from summer student to ... Read more

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Split-fee agreements common when lawyers leave firm

It is not unusual for law firms to negotiate split-fee agreements that account for lawyers moving on after they have worked on contingency fee matters, Toronto business ... Read more

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Cyber security is everybody’s business

Business leaders may fail to uphold their legal responsibilities if they don't take reasonable steps to prepare their companies for cyberattacks and information security ... Read more

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Business law the perfect fit for logical thinker Saunders

Toronto commercial lawyer Bob Saunders would never have gone into the legal profession if his parents had their way. The family owned a drug store, and Saunders’ mother ... Read more

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Ensure feedback guides, motivates younger lawyers

Feedback should be a motivational experience — so when you’re delivering constructive criticism, be sure to stick to the facts, and keep your opinions out of it, ... Read more

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Allen McDonald Swartz LLP receives M&A, deal of the year honour

Toronto corporate law firm Allen McDonald Swartz  was awarded a pair of honours by U.K.-based Acquisition International (AI) for its involvement in the acquisition of Wheels ... Read more

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Niche focus key for new law practice

Winnipeg corporate lawyer  Rana Bokhari was in a unique situation when she helped launch her boutique law firm last year — as she tells The Lawyers Weekly , ... Read more

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So you want to sue a customer

By Inga Andriessen Dear future client: We look forward to helping you collect the money you’re owed from that customer you are about to do business with. We ... Read more

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Watch out for anti-spam law when marketing on social media

Businesses should ensure their online marketing activities comply with Canada's Anti-Spam Law ( CASL ), says Toronto technology and business lawyer  Peter Murphy.   ... Read more

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Mixing work, personal emails risky for employees

Employees need to understand the risk of using a work email address for conducting personal business, Toronto corporate lawyer Jillian Swartz tells Forensic Accounting and ... Read more

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Manitoba's top court opens floodgate to First Nations class action lawsuit

WINNIPEG — The Manitoba Court of Appeal says First Nations members who were forced off their land by flooding in 2011 can proceed with ... Read more

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An update on corporations and unreasonable trial delay

By J. Bruce McMeekin Six months after the Supreme Court released its decision in  R. v. Jordan  rewriting the law governing pretrial delay, there are at least ... Read more

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How about legal literacy for high school students?

By Inga Andriessen I’ve been reading and hearing a lot lately about the call for financial literacy classes in high school. This involves teaching the basics of ... Read more

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