Yves Faguy

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Q&R: Mark A. Cohen et les compétences interpersonnelles pour l’avenir

Par Yves Faguy juin 18, 2018 18 juin 2018

Q&R: Mark A. Cohen et les compétences interpersonnelles pour l’avenir

 

À l’heure où les systèmes d’automatisation gagnent du terrain et grugent notre sentiment de sécurité, les compétences interpersonnelles seront en très forte demande sur le marché des talents, selon Mark A. Cohen, conseiller stratégique et chef de la direction de Legal Mosaic. ABC National s’est entretenue avec lui après son allocution à la Conférence nationale de l’ACCJE 2018 à Toronto, et lui a demandé comment les cabinets peuvent concentrer leurs efforts sur l’embauche des bonnes personnes.

ABC National Vous avez dit que la stricte connaissance du droit ne sera plus suffisante à l’avenir, et que les compétences interpersonnelles reviennent au premier plan. Pourquoi?

Mark A. Cohen C’est vrai. La plupart des gens craignent d’être remplacés par des machines ou relégués au second plan. Mais au fur et à mesure que les technologies se répandront, les professionnels compétents se distingueront entre autres par leur intelligence émotionnelle et leurs compétences interpersonnelles. J’ai toujours vu le droit comme un jeu de persuasion. Et ceux qui sont doués dans les relations humaines pourront désormais utiliser les technologies pour devenir encore plus convaincants. Ceux qui réussiront seront les leaders capables de tirer des données des machines, de comprendre l’information et de la transmettre efficacement pour qu’on agisse en conséquence.

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Trade

What it will take to get NAFTA negotiations back on track

Par Yves Faguy juin 14, 2018 14 juin 2018

<p> <iframe allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/6NmgwFOY8J4" width="560"></iframe></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Harsh language rarely helps the cause. Emphasizing a more positive intention is generally the best way to get parties to agree to a deal.&nbsp; That was the subtext of the message delivered yesterday by Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale who, in an interview on a Fox News business made the case that Canada still wants to make a deal to update the North American Free Trade Agreement.&nbsp;</p> <p> It didn&rsquo;t go unnoticed that Goodale squeezed in some heartfelt compliments to U.S. President Donald Trump for reaching an agreement with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore this week.</p> <p> Hopefully, the change in tone will get Canada and the United States back on track to find a resolution to their fraying trade relations after the Quebec G7 Summit, says Clifford Sosnow, a lawyer and partner at Fasken Martineau DuMoulin, based in Ottawa and Toronto.</p> <p> The other major challenge, he says, is figuring out what the end game is for the Trump administration.</p>

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CBA Futures

Legal futures round-up

Par Yves Faguy juin 11, 2018 11 juin 2018

Legal futures round-up

Time for a quick round-up of notable trends and developments and views that highlight innovation in the legal industry.

Another month. Another law firm announces its intentions to go public. Mere weeks after Rosenblatt Solicitors announced its plans to list on the London Stock Exchange, UK regional firm Knights Law has confirmed its plans to follow suit, valuing the firm at £100m (This would make it the country's largest-ever law firm flotation). The firm says it will use the money raised in the IPO to pay down debt and finance growth through acquisitions.

On that topic, according to a Thomson Reuters survey of the UK’s top 100 law firms, 20 per cent of their finance directors are considering initial public offerings as a possibility to raise cash.  What’s more, 24 per cent would consider private equity as a source of funding.

It appears that there is growing interest in England’s liberalized market from investors, too. Goldman Sachs and Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund Temasek are getting together to invest £13m in UK-based legal AI company Eigen Technologies, as part of a Series A round of financing.

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Trade

Trying to get Trump to listen on tariffs

Par Yves Faguy juin 5, 2018 5 juin 2018

Trying to get Trump to listen on tariffs

Growing opposition to the Trump administration’s trade tariffs on steel and aluminum announced last week is gathering steam among U.S. domestic interests. Politico is reporting on a major lobbying effort under way, for the most part to win further exemptions and product exclusions, which appear to be piling up faster than an understaffed Commerce Department can handle. Not

Meanwhile, the industrialist Koch brothers, influential in U.S. conservative circles (and erstwhile Trump allies), have promised to massively finance a sustained “multi-year, multimillion dollar” campaign in favour of free trade.

Already on the legislative front in the U.S., there is also an effort to draw up legislation that would reverse the tariffs by subjecting them to congressional approval. The problem is that to become law anytime soon, it would require the president’s signature.

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The profession

Groia ruling: Right approach. Wrong call.

Par Yves Faguy juin 1, 2018 1 juin 2018

Groia ruling: Right approach. Wrong call.

 

The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled in a 6-3 decision that Toronto lawyer Joe Groia was not guilty of committing professional misconduct. The ruling establishes an incivility test for when courtroom conduct crosses the line.

“The CBA is pleased with the SCC’s decision as it underlines the importance of both civility and resolute advocacy in the administration of justice,” CBA President Kerry L. Simmons,  Q.C. said in a statement today.

Represented by Norton Rose’s Pierre Bienvenu, Andres Garin and Jean-Christophe Marte, the CBA intervened in support of a test that balances the values courtroom civility, the independence of the judiciary, and the right of litigants to fearless and zealous representation. 

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