very difficult to find anyone with that type of litigation experience because
fewer and fewer cases go to trial," says Pape, who's unconcerned at Chapman's
lack of familiarity with the civil process. "Top counsel practise in various
areas and move from one to the other without taking a deep breath."
her part, Chapman admits she hasn't read the Rules of Civil Procedure, but
doesn't expect problems familiarizing herself with them.
"I want to take my career in the direction of
an appellate practice, where many of the rules and procedures — especially in
the Supreme Court — are similar in civil and criminal law," she told Law Times.
is a little more concerned about the business aspect of practice, noting that
it wasn't a concern at the CLO.
for joining a sole practitioner — albeit one who is at the top of his game —
Chapman notes that Pape attracts a steady diet of civil appeals, a rare
commodity in most law firms.
she adds, "I wanted autonomy in my practice and didn't want to get into the
corporate structure of a large firm."
ability to control her agenda was crucial to Chapman, the single mother of a
Chapman barely knew Pape when he made her an offer based largely on her
reputation, Hutchison has had personal and professional relationships with a
number of the 11 lawyers at Stockwoods, which he recently joined. He says he's
had no difficulty jumping into a varied civil and administrative law practice.
spend a lot of time perfecting their advocacy skills, and that's the hard part,"
he says. "The only really challenging thing about the change has been finding
out who to phone when you want to get something done, like listing a case for
also has the advantage of having 10 lawyers with ample experience around him.
juniors do a lot of the nitty-gritty work, and I can walk 10 feet left or right
of my office and find someone who's an expert in the stuff I have to learn," he
for leaving the CLO, Hutchison says he has no regrets about his years there,
which he thoroughly enjoyed. But the experience changed as his seniority grew.
first 10 years, you're perfecting your art, you get big challenges early, and
it's a very exciting and driven place," he says. "As you become senior, you get
the largest, most complex cases, and you end up being more isolated from the
office as a whole."
with two children under the age of five and one on the way, also makes no bones
about the fact that money was a consideration.
the CLO, I was at the top of the pay scale, which was $159,000 and you could
earn about another $10,000 in bonuses," he says. "Now I'm making a multiple of
what I was earning previously, without a huge adjustment in the total hours I
both Pape's office and Stockwoods are known for their emphasis on the work-life
David Stockwood sees it, his firm needed a senior replacement when Nancy Spies
went to the Superior Court bench. He, like Pape, was unconcerned about his new
recruit's lack of civil experience.
my view, it's more important that Scott is a good advocate," he says. "Besides,
he's also doing a fair bit of administrative disciplinary work for nurses,
teachers, and engineers, and he's become very involved in Anton Pillar
proceedings, which have similarities to the search warrant and wiretap process
with which Scott is so familiar."
the financial perspective, Stockwood likes the fact that Crown attorneys,
unlike lawyers from large firms, "come without financial baggage" in the sense
that they're not locked into a lifestyle of large earnings and overlong hours.
Chapman and Hutchison have nothing but kind words for the CLO and especially
Ken Campbell, its current director.
a great person, a great lawyer, and a great administrator, and I can't imagine
a better person to lead that office," says Hutchison.
from all accounts, Campbell
has his work cut out for him.
no secret that any problems the CLO is having began with recruitment
difficulties in the ྖs. Articling students could work in the best criminal
practice in the country but couldn't be sure of hire-backs or meaningful money
for their articles. When Bay
Street salaries rose exponentially at the same
time, the source continues, the level of recruits dropped dramatically.
is neither the same quality nor the same quality control, but if anyone can
turn that office around, Ken Campbell can," the source says.
Campbell categorically denies that any such problems
Crown Law Office remains one of the greatest criminal law offices in the
country," he said. "The quality of counsel is incredible and this is a great
place to work. I've worked here for more than 20 years, I love to come to work
every day and I know a lot of people in this office feel that way.
suggestion that there are problems of quality or atmosphere are completely