Avoiding the public eye: How not to become the story, even if you are.

Celebrity lawyer rows with bad-boy aristo-client.” “Star securities litigation lawyer  besieged.” “Counsel sues judges.” “Firebrand pro bono lawyer of yesteryear still tangling with Law Society.” (la version française suit) Whatever your take on these professional controversies, one thing is certain: it is not the kind of notoriety you seek for any stage of your legal career. … Read More

‘Tis the Season to be Injunctive

(la version française suit) When 10 minutes to go, is late It was 6:50 p.m., and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a —— Drrrring!  “He’s not here yet.  He’s supposed to have my kids here by 7,” said the voice, to the lawyer.  “Can’t you phone the judge or… Read More

Dealing with judgitis

Understand the job descriptions (la version française suit) As a lawyer appearing before the court, you are being paid to plead the case and present evidence. As in the BBC radio game, Just a minute, you must do so without “hesitation, deviation or repetition.” Provided you do this, the judge’s job is to listen. Or,… Read More

Should I get Excess Liability Insurance?

Excess insurance is relatively inexpensive, and well worth the peace of mind.  Lawyers tend to be born insomniacs – you don’t need anything else keeping you up at night! LawPro’s standard (mandatory) policy provides coverage with insurance limits of $1 million per claim and $2 million in the aggregate.  This means there is $1 million… Read More

Becoming a Bar Leader in Three Easy Steps

Alas, paying your dues is still required, but the rewards of serving the profession are limitless. And, as with any political campaign, things either happen by accident, or they don’t.  If they don’t, there is no need to give up.  Here is a handy guide to making it in your law association, in three steps:… Read More

Law’s big secret: the more important the law, the less it is settled

Not long ago, I heard a speech by Justice Ian Binnie, addressing the Toronto Lawyers Association, in which he recounted his experience on being appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada.  Being used to working in a world of judicial precedents, it was a rather unsettling experience to gain the perspective of the country’s top… Read More

A mentorship site for new lawyers?

Welcome to Canada’s first blog devoted to mentoring new lawyers. (la version française suit) It’s French label, « SQP jeunes avocats, » captures the reality for many lawyers starting out.  (Sauve qui peut! meaning ‘everyone for himself.’) The site intentionally plays the words ‘jeune’ and ‘new’ off each other, because a life in law has always… Read More