business of law


  • OCA sends vicarious liability case to trial

    OCA sends vicarious liability case to trial

    Apr 23, 2018

    The Court of Appeal has opened the door to a firm possibly being found vicariously liable for the actions of a lawyer who practised in association with it.

  • Young lawyers looking for more flexibility

    Young lawyers looking for more flexibility

    Feb 5, 2018

    Heather Douglas feels the legal profession is in flux and she expects it to continue evolving. As a young lawyer establishing her practice at a Toronto firm, she’s unsure what to expect.

  • Firms should examine their realization rates

    Firms should examine their realization rates

    Feb 5, 2018

    In moving from partner to principal of Fireman Daya & Co., Jasmine Daya wanted to be able to better gauge the financial health of the firm.

  • Client surveys can illuminate issues

    Client surveys can illuminate issues

    Feb 5, 2018

    Client surveys can help pinpoint service issues within a firm, allowing them to address issues that might otherwise go unseen.

  • Succession plans needed for future success

    Succession plans needed for future success

    Feb 5, 2018

    Several years ago, the partners at Will Davidson LLP found themselves dealing with four retirements and a death all within a 10-year period.

  • Lingering concerns remain over tax changes

    Lingering concerns remain over tax changes

    Jan 8, 2018

    Despite the federal government’s scaling back of some of its proposed tax reforms for professional corporations, tax lawyers say the revised changes could still have unfavourable effects on lawyers and their clients.

  • Some Alternative Business Structures approved

    Some Alternative Business Structures approved

    Oct 2, 2017

    Some personal injury lawyers are concerned that new Alternative Business Structure initiatives approved by the Law Society of Upper Canada are the beginning of a slippery slope toward non-lawyer ownership of law firms. LSUC benchers approved a motion at their September meeting to allow non-profits and charities to provide legal services through practitioners.

  • Proceed cautiously on ABS

    Sep 25, 2017

    Ontario lawyers are currently being asked to share their opinions on alternative business structures in the province. If accepted, this would mean the delivery of legal services through civil society organizations to facilitate access to justice. I believe that alternative business structures — known as ABS — have the potential to have a positive effect in Ontario, especially when viewed from the perspective of increasing access to justice.

  • Lawyers unhappy with CBA over tax stance

    Lawyers unhappy with CBA over tax stance

    Sep 18, 2017

    The Canadian Bar Association’s decision to join with other small business groups in protesting the federal government’s planned changes to private incorporation tax rules has some lawyers revoking their membership in protest, saying that it’s not something they should be fighting against. “I don’t feel like I was adequately consulted before they took this position,” says Chris Rudnicki, partner with Rusonik O’Connor Robbins Ross Gorham & Angelini LLP in Toronto.

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