Month: August 2012

Lexpert survey for law students released, rates firms based on associate feedback

Lexpert has just released the results of its annual Law Student and Associate Recruitment Guide. Click here to see how associates have rated their firms on a number of criteria, including hours, quality of work, pro bono, mentoring, culture and administration. Associates  (and some new partners) were asked to rate their firm numerically for a number

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An end to blogging and emailing from court for Chinese lawyers?

Proposals before China’s supreme people’s court would prevent Chinese lawyers from microblogging and emailing about hearings without permission. Chinese lawyers have expressed concern that if effected, these measures would allow judges to disbar them for up to a year for “disrupting the order” of hearings. Critics say these proposals are the latest in a series

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Leading Infrastructure lawyers advise on Durham York Energy Centre project

Lexpert’s Special Edition on infrastructure will be published as an insert in the Globe and Mail’s Report on Business magazine this Friday. The insert, which features biographies of Lexpert-ranked infrastructure lawyers, shines a spotlight on public-private partnerships, with articles on Aboriginal P3, green infrastructure, infrastructure investing overseas and the ins and outs of the bidding process. In the spirit of celebrating all

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Chobani wins court battle in Canada, is accused of misleading consumers in the US

Greek-style yogurt has been making headlines after a ruling in the Federal Court of Canada found in favour of US yogurt-maker Chobani. In the ruling, released in late July, Justice Sandra Simpson held that the company could continue importing the product into Canada on a temporary basis, without paying the hefty tariffs of 237.5 per cent that would normally apply. Lexpert-ranked lawyer Robert

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Toronto lawyer, ‘poster boy’ of sports law firms, returns from London olympics

The Olympics have been over for a week now, and Toronto-based Clyde and Co partner Graeme Mew, is back from London after serving on the Games’ Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), reflects on the experience. London Times columnist Edward Fennell called Mew one of two “poster boys of London sports law firms.” Mew told

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Ron Rolls, former prominent civil litigator, dies

Ron Rolls, a former prominent Fasken Martineau civil litigator died last week after a lengthy illness that followed a stroke. As described in a firm memo, Rolls was: …in his day, one of this country’s most prominent counsel, with a reputation for being a feared and fearless advocate.  He was the recipient of the Law

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The Guardian’s Best Law Books

The Rule of Law by retired British jurist Tom Bingham tops The Guardian’s list of “Six of the best law books”. Ros Taylor writes, “Whatever did inquiring legal minds read before Lord Bingham published The Rule of Law? This slim volume has rapidly become the book Guardian-reading lawyers are most likely to recommend to anyone interested

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Lawyers speak about anti-takeover promises in Quebec

According to a poll in La Presse on Thursday, August 16, support for the Parti Quebecois (PQ) in the upcoming election is at 34 per cent, up two per cent over last week, enough to win a minority government. The incumbent Liberals – along with the PQ and the Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) – have promised to give directors in Quebec more authority to reject hostile takeovers

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Facebook comments are subject to advertising standards: Australian regulator

Last week, Australia’s advertising regulator issued an intriguing enforcement ruling that is bound to have implications around the world. The case involved a Facebook “fan page” created for Smirnoff vodka — the ubiquitous brand owned by Britain’s Diageo PLC. Devotees of the brand use the page, presumably, to tell Smirnoff stories and gush about their

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CBA guide joins other legal initiatives in encouraging diversity

The Canadian Bar Association (CBA) just announced at its annual general meeting in Vancouver that it has launched an online “Measuring Diversity in Law Firms” guide. This guide joins a growing list of initiatives that aim to encourage more diversity in the legal profession in Canada. In a press release, the CBA outlined the goal

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