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    Columnists

    • Richard G. Stock
      This spring a couple of legal conferences, we presented a request for proposals simulation. The scenario was designed to question assumptions held by both buyers and providers of legal services. For the simulation, we imagined a company called ...
    • Heather Suttie
      The blurring of lines between Big Law and New Law is getting blurrier, and it’s about time — even though the blur is still years away from being a blend. Lately, there has been a flurry of hook-ups between traditional Big Law firms and the ...
    • John A. Campion
      Shape-shifting: This is the concept that will dominate litigation work over the next 35 years, and it will have a significant impact on the nature of one’s career. Day-to-day work will be constantly evolving to keep pace with advances in technology ...
    • George S. Takach
      In a world where information technology is hugely disruptive in so many markets, do you ever wonder what impact IT will have on the legal profession? (Is that nervous laughter I hear?) When I ask how the Internet, artificial intelligence, big data ...
    • Jean Cumming
      There are many, many actions worth celebrating
    • Richard G. Stock
      A great many Canadian companies do business and have employees outside of North America and Europe, and it can be instructive to review the invoices of one company that is retaining external counsel for “commodity” or regular work in 50 countries. ...
    • Donna C. Wannop
      It’s time to admit it. Social media is not a passing fad. It’s here to stay and it’s promising to revolutionize the ways we develop business. Many lawyers who aren’t meeting with success using old-fashioned marketing strategies and techniques are ...
    • Shelby Z.C. Austin
      We are told early in our careers that to be successful we need to put our heads down and do great work. We are promised that if we build strong relationships and “do the right things,” success will follow. But what if that isn’t true? Welcome to the ...
    • George S. Takach
      In my past two columns, I focused on the importance of international trade to a small economy such as Canada’s (relative to our large trading partners, such as the US, the EU and China), and then specifically the usefulness to Canadian business of ...
    • Jean Cumming
      At Lexpert, we avoid having two lawyers from the same firm on the cover (despite frequent requests to the contrary). But we can’t keep up with some of you.

    Detours

    • Washington makes some of the finest wines you’ve probably never tasted — the state that is, not Washington, D.C. You might wonder how they can grow quality wine grapes out there when last year the city of Seattle’s annual rainfall measured just shy ...
    • This year marks the 400th anniversary of the death of perhaps the most memorable writer of all. It is fitting that the phrase “we all make his praise” is an anagram of William Shakespeare. Moreover, the “all” in the phrase refers not only to native ...
    • Hawaii is the gift that keeps on giving. No matter which island you choose, you can bet that the view will be prettier than the one outside your office window. Even the most visited islands can offer something new. On your next visit seek out one of ...
    • What is the complete opposite of sitting in an office re-reading opposing counsel’s factum? Exploring an American national park. This year the parks celebrate their 100th anniversary. But while the terrain may be rugged, these three in-park ...
    • Every wine region needs an icon winery — a winery that’s a magnet, that draws consumers to wine country. Ontario nearly had one such winery when Vincor hired world-renowned architect Frank Gehry to design a facility for Clos Jordanne. Gehry’s ...
    • When the past century ended, I was somewhat bemused to read, in John Ayto’s 20th Century Words, that the word “cool” was twice listed: the first time in 1933 adjectivally as a term of approval; and in 1953 as a verb to mean to relax, as in the ...
    • Skip the tourist traps at these luxurious faraway destinations
    • That abandoned plot outside the city may be the perfect spot to plant a vineyard
    • Words with a political or military origin often enter the common lexicon in unusual ways
    • Looking for a truly luxurious island getaway? Look no further