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    Columnists

    • Richard G. Stock
      Once the company has selected the best firms to work with, the focus should be on service delivery and continuous improvement to the value stream, especially as it concerns operational excellence. To that end, the Procertas consulting group has ...
    • Jean Cumming
      In this month’s issue, we explore the Pro Bono offerings of various Canadian law firms.
    • David Dias
      When asked what business development means to them, almost every lawyer in practice responds by saying that business development is about getting more clients and more files, or in other words, it’s about generating an increased volume of billable ...
    • George S. Takach
      Last time, I looked at the steps organizations should be taking to prepare for the inevitable data breach. I ended the column with the call to arms that every organization should prepare – and keep up to date – a robust “data breach preparation ...
    • Paul Paton
      The notion that a lawyer would ever be a whistleblower offends most lawyers’ sensibilities, yet confounds the public. When a lawyer knows that a product is likely to cause injury or death, or when she has a good idea that company decisions will ...
    • Jean Cumming
      “It used to be a family, and then it became all about making money,” said a senior lawyer of his former firm. “We’re like a family,” said another lawyer of his new boutique firm. But unless the firm’s members are of the same actual family, a law ...
    • Jean Cumming
      In the conversations surrounding our Lexpert Top Ten Deals article, the topic of infrastructure came up often, as a beacon of promise for the years ahead.
    • Richard G. Stock
      Increasingly, corporate and government law departments are fully compliant and well managed units within their organizations. Gone are the days when a law department was little more than a captive law firms or a small collection of solo, in-house ...
    • Heather Suttie
      Fierce pressure on large and mid-size domestic law firms is coming from all sides and fronts – including highly aggressive and hungry competitors – and success is being defined and measured by clients with permanent buying power. Some of that ...
    • George S. Takach
      It’s a sign of the times we live in that when I speak to clients about “future data breaches,” we no longer use the word “if” but rather the more certain “when.” Alas, it really is just a question of time before your business joins the ranks of many ...

    Detours

    • The winter chill is here, and with the foul weather come the dark skies and moody courtroom temperaments. But just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean you can’t set your sights on starting the year with a trip to remember ...
    • Champagne may be the most frivolous of beverages but it’s also one of the most expensive, the most highly regulated in terms of its production, and the most difficult wine to make. Just to set the record straight, champagne itself comes only from ...
    • We find in the works of great writers such as Shakespeare, Milton and Dante many allusions to Greek mythology. This pattern continues into the early part of the 20th century in the writings of Joyce as well as in the terms Freud borrowed, such as ...
    • Luxury comes in all sizes and great seafaring adventures are no different. These new offerings from some of the best cruise ships in the world will give you good reason to start planning your next on-sea adventure. ...
    • Michigan owes the birth of its wine industry to two enterprising Canadian residents from Windsor and Walkerville, Ontario. The latter was an entrepreneurial Italian immigrant named Mariano Meconi, the other a wealthy Canadian landowner, Major ...
    • Austerity — a much despised term. Judging by the manner in which the word is ejaculated by some people, you’d get the impression that it represents a form of financial water-boarding. For most people it represents the methods that a government uses ...
    • Your connection to Britain may bring back memories of tweed-jacket-wearing professors at law school, but if you are letting that get in the way of a visit, you’re making a big mistake. There’s more to the UK than London, Haggis and Paddington Bear. ...
    • Are you a wine snob or a wine fascist? As a wine writer, I have been accused of the former and plead guilty to the latter. Before you put this article aside in disgust, let me explain. The difference between a wine snob and a wine fascist is that a ...
    • It appears that relations between the United States and Iran have begun to thaw; banners in Tehran excoriating the Great Satan might soon be replaced by ones hailing the great rapprochement. So perhaps the time is ripe to take stock of the Western ...
    • Roots, rum and reggae have been the Jamaican vacation mainstay, but if we’re honest, chances are your vacations have focused far more on the last two than the first one. No apologies needed. No one could fault you for ditching your briefcase to fall ...