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Effective communications in law firms can enhance client experience

Open communication not only establishes trust and confidence among team members, it also allows lawyers and legal staff to work together cohesively and enable better client service, says Catherine Moffitt , an associate at legal practice management specialists Cosgrove Associates . Read more

Bencher reform and the impact on regional representation

The Law Society of Ontario's (LSO) call to reduce the number of its benchers could adversely affect regional representation while adding to already-heavy committee workloads, says Jaye Hooper, chair of The Federation of Ontario Law Associations (FOLA). Read more

Custom suite of financing solutions adds value for PI clients

While litigation funding often adds value to a personal injury client’s file by making up for the shortfall when an insurer terminates benefits, one recent case shows that a number of financing arrangements can also be used together at a reasonable cost to tailor a comprehensive solution, says Dawn Simons, client relations manager at CaseMark Financial. Read more

Door open for recovery of interest on disbursement funding

Ontario personal injury lawyers should consider taking the cautious step of integrating interest recovery as part of their overall disbursement account at settlement — which may help reduce what has traditionally been an uphill battle with courts who have been resistant to the concept, says Amanda Bafaro , Chief Risk Officer of Toronto-based specialist litigation finance firm BridgePoint Financial Services Inc. Read more

Many options exist for lawyers looking to change career path

Lawyers looking for career options beyond law firms and sole practitioner life need to reflect, remain open-minded to new opportunities and think outside their comfort zone, Toronto lawyer and certified executive coach Michael Bury tells . Read more

Crucial to have full financial picture in the event of an accident

A new survey that reveals one in five working Canadians wouldn’t be able to come up with $2,000 for an emergency expense is alarming, but not surprising, Easy Legal Finance Inc. president and CEO Larry Herscu tells . Read more

International investigations key part of cross-border deals

International investigations can form part of a company’s due diligence in cross-border deals, says Jim Downs , founding partner and managing director of MKD International Inc. Read more

Empower workplace to report bullies: Koster

Long-term care facilities that want to reduce workplace bullying must empower bystanders to report bad behaviour, says Toronto workplace violence and elder abuse consultant Denise Koster. Read more

A delicate dance: marketing in the legal profession

Jaye Hooper, chair of The Federation of Ontario Law Associations (FOLA) tells Law Times she worries about the impact on the public’s perception when litigators advertise "free" services, noting that while initial consultations are often without charge, even contingency-fee arrangements can create economic exposure. Read more

DivorceMate kicks off Western roadshow for new Cloud product

DivorceMate Software Inc. will host free lunch and learn sessions and a training seminar in western Canada on its new Cloud product line, says Canadian legal software supplier Michael Perlman. Read more

Investigator unearths false claims of harassment

A woman’s claim of sexual harassment at the office seemed like a slam-dunk case until Toronto forensic accountant and investigator Dave Oswald discovered information that the employer hadn’t been able to unearth. Read more

Think before you ‘quip from the lip’

Using humour in serious situations involves some risk but, with the right checks and balances, it can provide much-needed levity to legal and other proceedings, humourist and author Marcel Strigberger tells Read more

Hooper to chair FOLA's upcoming plenary session

Jaye Hooper, chair of The Federation of Ontario Law Associations (FOLA), will chair the association’s plenary session, which takes place Nov. 7-9 in Waterloo. Read more

Strong business case for promoting diversity in law firms: Bentley

It makes good business sense for law firms to embrace equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI), says Chris Bentley , director of Ryerson University’s Legal Innovation Zone (LIZ) and Law Practice Program (LPP). Read more

Transcript cost decision undervalues skilled court reporters: Neeson

A recent appeal court decision could drive experienced court reporters out of the transcription business for good, says Neesons Court Reporting founder and president Kim Neeson. Read more