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Law firm flexibility key to retention of women lawyers

Although gaps can exist between a law firm’s expectations and a lawyer’s ability to have work-life balance, creativity and flexibility on the part of firms can go a ... Read more

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'Neuro awareness' helps lawyers stay in tune with clients

When lawyers gain an understanding of their clients' psychology, reasoning and thought processes, the result is tailored communications that are often better understood, Toronto ... Read more

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Fighting injustice a long-time passion for Mahabir

Access to justice has always been important to Toronto personal injury lawyer Jessica B. Mahabir , so law school was a natural next step following undergraduate studies in ... Read more

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A happy workplace is a productive workplace

Toronto employment lawyer  Laura Williams is encouraged by two new studies that suggest Canadian workplaces have become psychologically safer in recent years. ... Read more

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Firing over fast food meal leads to rare aggravated damages award

A British Columbia court applied a common-sense approach in awarding $46,000 to a 25-year Burger King employee in a wrongful dismissal case, says Vancouver employment lawyer ... Read more

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Ottawa civil cases suffering delays

Frustration levels are rising for plaintiffs in civil actions as court date scheduling becomes more difficult than ever before, says Ottawa personal injury lawyer Howard ... Read more

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Eliminating the preliminary inquiry won't impact court bottleneck

The elimination of preliminary inquiries in an effort to save cases that might be thrown out because of protracted delays will do little to address the problem, says Toronto ... Read more

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SCC trial timelines raise questions about digital forensics

The Supreme Court of Canada’s (SCC) strict time limits for trials in  Jordan  raise the question of whether police forces will be able to handle the increasing ... Read more

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Law Contractor launches business bundles, flat-fee pricing

Edmonton lawyer  Kirk Goodman isn’t afraid of rocking the legal boat with his upfront, flat-fee pricing model. With clients demanding more transparency, he tells ... Read more

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Trend of women leaving law evident at senior, mentorship level

The attrition of women in law is an unfortunate reality and one that is especially noticeable in the higher levels of the legal profession, resulting in a shortage of female ... Read more

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Case shows judiciary recognizing family counselling as solution

Although judges are realizing that the solution to some incidences of family breakdown are psychosocial rather than legal in nature, family counselling mandated by a judge is ... Read more

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Law and practice on asylum issue 'different story'

Although there are hopes that the Canadian government will consider withdrawing from the Safe Third Country Agreement , until that happens, counsel have to tell asylum-seekers in ... Read more

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Admin. costs for victims' fund 14 times higher than grants

OTTAWA – A federal fund designed to give financial help to parents whose children have been murdered or gone missing has spent more than 14 times as much on administration ... Read more

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Finding 'best path forward' a model for client service

Estate litigation is a frightening and novel experience for most people, and lawyers should provide practical advice that’s tailored to individual needs, says Toronto estate ... Read more

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'Complete streets' not a panacea for pedestrian deaths

Toronto personal injury lawyer Sharon Bauer  says a plan to create "complete streets" likely won't be a cure-all for the city’s rising number of pedestrian deaths. ... Read more

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Keep the kids out of family litigation

Parents should resist the temptation to get their children involved in their court disputes, says Toronto area family lawyer Ella Aiaseh . “This is unfortunately ... Read more

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Love at first click: marriage after international online dating

As Internet dating continues to boom, leading to new marriages, individuals meeting potential mates from other countries may want to consider a marriage contract, says ... Read more

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Contracts not ironclad for parents with no romantic ties

People who partake in “elective co-parenting” — choosing to have a child together without a romantic relationship — should be warned that any contract ... Read more

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Shuber marks two decades of giving clients a voice

This month, Toronto family lawyer Jennifer Samara Shuber , celebrates her 20 th anniversary of being called to the bar. While she jokes about the milestone in a ... Read more

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Honest feedback from clients helpful for lawyer improvement

Especially in family law where individuals are often dealing with difficult personal situations, it is essential for clients to feel their lawyer is helping them to make important ... Read more

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