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Lexpert and American Lawyer Release 2014 Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada

Lexpert is excited to announce the release of the Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada. The ALM 500 is designed to provide buyers of legal services – including corporate counsel, US law firms, senior professionals, and management – with a qualified resource regarding the selection of Canadian counsel. Published since 1997, the […]

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When Compliance Programs Fail: Best Practices for Investigating Potential Wrongdoing and Managing the Fallout

Davit Akman of Gowlings LLP and a panel of in-house counsel used a refreshing format for their ACC presentation “When Compliance Programs Fail: Best Practices for Investigating Potential Wrongdoing and Managing the Fallout”. They launched “Millionaire Lawyer”, complete with faux dollar prizes, “lifelines”, contestants and audience participation. Along with Akman, the Panelists were Andrea Horton, Senior […]

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ACC annual meeting has strong Canadian presence

Canada’s presence is widely seen and heard at this year’s ACC Annual Meeting in Los Angeles. Its new board Chairman is David Allgood, executive vice president and general counsel for the Royal Bank of Canada. Several Canadian firms are represented at the Exhibit Hall, including newcomer Davies LLP. The roster at the  Employment Law Alliance Exhibit […]

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The Trust Equation

Lexpert readers dedicated to serving clients as trusted advisors yet challenged to define “trust” in language, may find it helpful to learn that consultant Charles H. Green devised a mathematical formula for trust in business relationships: The Trust Equation, according to Green, is “a deconstructive, analytical model of the components of trustworthiness”, i.e., it describes the […]

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Comparative Litigation Costs

The US Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) published a study this summer that compared “2011 Liability Costs as a Fraction of GDP” among the US, Canada and Europe: http://www.instituteforlegalreform.com/doc/international-comparisons-of-litigation-costs-europe-the-united-states-and-canada. It will surprise no one that the US led at 1.66 per cent, but it may be surprising that Canada came second at 1.19 per […]

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James M. Tory

Distinguished lawyer and corporate director, James M. Tory, died suddenly while on vacation in Nova Scotia, The Globe and Mail reported this morning. He was 83. To view the article see http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/industry-news/the-law-page/legendary-lawyer-james-tory-dies-suddenly-at-the-age-of-83/article13882742/ To read Torys LLP’s tribute see http://www.torys.com/NewsRoom/FirmNewsandRecognitions/Pages/TorysHonourstheLegacyofJamesMTory.aspx

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Hicks Morley Hamilton Stewart Storie LLP Most Frequently Recommended in Labour Relations Toronto

The 2013 Lexpert Canadian Directory was released this week. We congratulate all the firms and lawyers listed therein. Congratulations particularly to Hicks Morley Hamilton Stewart Storie LLP for its several recognitions – including Most Frequently Recommended in Labour (Management) Relations Toronto. Regrettably, Lexpert omitted reference to this achievement from the print edition of the Directory.

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Hong Kong IPOs

Two of Hong Kong’s biggest IPOs this year have yielded lead roles for Clifford Chance and Allen & Overy working opposite Davis Polk & Wardwell and Kirkland & Ellis respectively. The planned listings of state-owned brokerage China Galaxy Securities Co and Sinopec Engineering, a wholly owned subsidiary of Asia’s biggest oil refiner, Beijing-based Sinopec Group, […]

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Bar Nursery

The Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, has launched a ‘Bar Nursery at Smithfield House’, a central London childcare facility near the Inns of Court. It will offer special rates for all members of the Bar, as well as chambers (barristers’ offices) staff and Bar Council employees. To read further on this […]

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Sir Sydney Kentridge QC at 90

As reported on thelawyer.com and elsewhere this week, Sir Sydney Kentridge QC, the prominent South African lawyer, judge and member of the English Bar, is going from full-time to part-time at age 90. As “Lunch With the FT”  columnist John Gapper wrote last January, “to call Sydney Kentridge the outstanding barrister of his generation is […]

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