Month: April 2013

Executive Misconduct: Comparing the Hollinger fiasco to the Griffiths Energy model

At the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association’s spring conference earlier this week, MNP’s Greg Draper moderated a frank and provocative panel discussion on “Responding to Executive Misconduct,” where experts detailed strategies for prevention, detection and response to executive fraud. The panel went beyond academic scenarios, though, and cited real cases like Hollinger, Niko Resources and Griffiths

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Acritas: Big changes in Canadian law firm “brandscape”

Norton Rose in Canada is ranked number one brand by Legal market researcher Acritas, which released its Canadian Law Firm Brand Index on April 17. Elizabeth Duffy, Vice-President at Acritas US, revealed rankings (see chart on above) and key findings from the report at an event sponsored by the Legal Marketing Association’s Toronto Chapter. According

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Nominations open for Zenith Awards: Celebrating women leaders in the legal profession

Nominations are now open for Lexpert’s 2013 Zenith Awards: Celebrating Women Leaders in the Legal Profession. Nominations close on May 15, 2013. Click here for the nomination form. Winners will be women lawyers who have been change-agents for their clients, firms, companies, departments, faculties, profession, colleagues and/or communities. They may be drawn from law firms,

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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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How law firms can get on the “preferred list”: Altman Weil’s CLO survey

We’re long past the age when a law firm could be kept in business solely on the basis of a personal client-counsel relationship. With RFPs becoming increasingly common and companies devising “preferred firm” short lists, the focus has shifted away from maintaining relationships, and towards maintaining preferential status. This is not news, but it does

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Are law firms asleep at the cyber security switch?

This month’s issue of Lexpert magazine makes the alarming point that for online hackers, law firms are a gold mine. Julius Melnitzer takes an in-depth look at what law firms are currently doing to protect their clients’ information and uncovers some unsettling things: What makes law firms even more attractive to hackers is that their

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Litigator Alan Mark returns to Goodmans

Litigator Alan Mark made the move to the Toronto office of Goodmans on April 1st, after leaving Norton Rose Canada.  Mark had been with Goodmans from 1990 until 2002 when he left to join Ogilvy Renault (now Norton Rose Canada and soon to be Norton Rose Fulbright). For me, Goodmans has a great clientele, but

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Meritas provides alternative to law firm consolidation

Later this month, around 300 lawyers from 50 countries will come to Vancouver for the Meritas Annual Meeting. Meritas is a global alliance of independent law firms, with 11 member firms currently in Canada. Meritas aims to have one member firm in every major centre in Canada, the US, and has a growing membership in

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