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Managing a large firm is a full-time job

HALIFAX — Managing a large law firm is a full-time job. The trouble is, too few lawyers have the time, training, or desire to do it effectively.

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New Orleans law student gets a boost from Western

It's been less than a month, but New Orleans' Tulane University law school student Adam Dunlop has made himself at home at the University of Western Ontario in order to complete his third year of law school.

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True harmonization remains elusive

You may not have heard of National Instrument 45-106 Prospectus and Registration Exemptions (NI 45-106), but if you or your clients want to raise money by selling securities in Canada, you should get to know it well.

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Focus On - Copycat class actions on the rise

The predictions that Canada would go the way of the litigation-happy United States after class action proceedings were introduced into Ontario appear to have been a touch overdone. But "copycat" actions have been on the rise.

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No more faith-based arbitration

Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty's surprise announcement to ban faith-based arbitration in the province, including any based on controversial Islamic sharia law, has left some in the legal community scratching their heads and wondering why there wasn't more consultation surrounding the issue.

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Criminal convictions tough to get in MFP

While Justice Denise Bellamy found there was enough credible evidence to conclude that former Toronto city councillor Tom Jakobek had taken a $25,000 payoff from computer salesman Dash Domi, among other things, how difficult would it be to come to the same conclusion in a criminal or civil court?

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No magic formula for success, say Greenspan brothers

When it comes to learning the nuts and bolts of criminal defence, there are arguably no better mentors than the famous Greenspan brothers.

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The changing family law trial

Trial time is a precious and valuable resource. It should be viewed that way by litigants and their lawyers, and by the judges who both schedule trials and work to resolve cases without trials. It was heartening to see the Ontario Court of Appeal recently uphold a Superior Court judge's decision to refuse to grant trial time (relying on Rule 2(3), of the Family Law Rules) for a separating couple arguing over the ownership of their pet. This was the purpose of Rule 2, the prime directive.

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Focus On - Final draft gives SABS regs some teeth

When the Ontario Liberals first promised to abolish designated assessment centres (DACs) in the weeks leading up to the October 2003 election, Premier Dalton McGuinty said the centres — intended to provide neutral assessments in disputes over claims under the Statutory Accident Benefits Schedule (SABS) — were too expensive, too cumbersome, and failed to respond to the needs of accident victims.

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A public feeding frenzy created by politicians, police, media

Recent comments by politicians and police that the courts are not treating gun crimes seriously, especially in Toronto, are simply not accurate, say many defence lawyers in the city.

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Media plan needed to manage crisis

When the media comes knocking in the midst of corporate litigation or crisis, it's important to have a solid media plan in place.

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Top Crowns take the civil litigation route

Susan Chapman and Scott Hutchison, two senior and respected Crown attorneys have left the quasi-legendary Crown Law Office ñ Criminal (CLO) for careers with Toronto litigation boutiques. The moves come amid reports that all is not what it used to be at the 70-lawyer contingent that has long represented the top echelons of Ontario's prosecutorial ranks.

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