The Art of Practice

For lawyers with a higher calling, effective practice is an art. Check in for regular case summaries, practice points, client service tips and more.

Innovator in Residence

Putting Innovation into Practice

  • August 28, 2018

The OBA has launched a groundbreaking initiative that will bring to the profession the practical tools and technologies lawyers and law firms can use to enhance their practices.

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10 Things to Know Now That Recreational Cannabis Will Be Legal in Canada

  • August 23, 2018
  • Esther Nwator and Christine Laviolette

The legalization of recreational cannabis will have an impact on practice areas ranging from personal injury to immigration, and in settings public and private, including shops and schools, workplaces, highways and homes. Find out what to expect with this overview of recent developments and emerging issues to keep an eye on.

A red flag in the wind

5 Common Red Flags to Watch Out for When Outsourcing Your Firm IT

  • August 23, 2018
  • Mike Dewdney

As lawyers add more technology to their practice, their requirements for IT support increase in complexity. While providers are eager to offer their services, how do you know if they’re the right company for you? To help get you started, we’ve compiled five common red flags to watch out for when researching outside IT management for your firm.

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The Many Facets of Legal Market Disruption

  • May 17, 2018
  • Michael Sauber

The legal market is changing. Is it disruption or evolution? That may be irrelevant as firms must innovate to compete with emerging new business models.

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Are You Tax-Ready?

  • December 18, 2017
  • Dennis Tmej and Jin Wen

Proposed changes to eliminate the Work in Progress (WIP) deferral means many lawyers will find themselves facing additional taxes payable over the next five years.

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When Client Demands Outstrip Your Resources

  • June 20, 2017
  • Samantha Biglou and Erin Cowling

When an emergency room has too many patients and not enough doctors to address the demands, some hospitals declare a “Code Census”. Similarly, in law offices, client demands may outstrip the resources needed to address them. This article outlines steps lawyers can take to avoid, as well as what to do during, a Code Census while meeting one’s professional obligations.

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The Torture Cases: A lawyer’s experience

  • June 20, 2017
  • Saba Ahmad

Phil Tunley shares his experience and insights about trial preparation, client management and advancing Charter claims in the context of some of the worst human rights abuses ever litigated in Canada.

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The Personal Touch Still Matters

  • June 19, 2017
  • Kathleen Robichaud

Kathleen Robichaud discusses the importance of human interaction in legal services, particularly in this age of automation.