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A new player in Canada's legal information market

Par Yves Faguy mai 24, 2017 24 mai 2017

A new player in Canada's legal information market

 

Distilling large amounts of complex information for others has always been part of what lawyers do.  But even they need help finding it, which is why providing legal information is such a big part of the legal services business.

Over the last decade, the two main players in this space in Canada, LexisNexis and Thomson Reuters, have done just that, and more, by betting on technology to support lawyers in firms and law departments in applying their legal knowledge.

Now, a new competitor hopes to shake up the space. Earlier this month, Compass, the new Canadian legal research platform — and new incarnation — of Maritime Law Book, announced that vLex, a Barcelona and Miami-based legal publisher, and California-based Justia were taking a stake in the company.

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Legal innovation

Connecting hearts and minds in your law firm's data strategy

Par Yves Faguy mai 23, 2017 23 mai 2017

Connecting hearts and minds in your law firm's data strategy

 

Scott Mozarsky of Bloomberg BNA shares his views on big data and analytics disrupting the legal sector in a recent Forbes interview.  Here he discusses how data helps guide GCs in retaining external firms:

Selecting and retaining outside counsel used to be a lot more about art than science. Pre-existing relationships and referrals often drove decisions regarding representation by outside counsel. Data and technology have changed the selection process and made it much more scientific. Analytical tools allow clients to see which firms have represented clients in different jurisdictions and in front of different judges as well as the type of transactions and cases they have worked on.

As a general counsel, when my company was sued in a jurisdiction outside of the norm or if we were working on a deal involving a unique type of target or state or local law issues, I would call my contacts and ask for referrals. Now, in a matter of minutes, I can figure out the two or three most experienced choices to fit my fact pattern. Also, with significant budget pressure on in-house teams, transparency driven by data and technology often enable outside counsel to save fees by identifying experienced and effective outside counsel from mid-sized firms or from firms that are not based in large cities.

Indeed, law is becoming digitized, Mark Cohen writes, though law firms have so far failed in keeping up with the dramatic changes occurring in the marketplace:

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Immigration

Why the Preclearance Act needs to be be significantly changed

Par Yves Faguy mai 18, 2017 18 mai 2017

 

Calgary lawyer Michael Greene from the CBA’s Immigration Law Section appeared this week before the House Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security to give recommendations on Bill C-23 on  the preclearance of persons and goods in Canada and the United States.  The submission is here, and CBA National reported on it last month. We caught up with Greene and asked him to explain why the CBA Sections do not support Bill C-23 in its current form.  He also shares his views on some of the challenges involved in changing the legislation.

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Droits de la personne

L’ABC exhorte le Sénat à adopter projet de loi sur les transgenres

Par Yves Faguy mai 15, 2017 15 mai 2017

L’ABC exhorte le Sénat à adopter projet de loi sur les transgenres

 

Marie Laure Leclercq, avocate du cabinet De Grandpré Chait, et Siobhan O’Brien, avocate du cabinet Hicks Morley, ont comparu devant le Comité sénatorial des affaires juridiques et constitutionnelles au nom de l’ABC la semaine dernière. L’ABC est d’avis que le projet de loi C-16 favorisera l’égalité au Canada et qu’il accordera, aux personnes transgenres, une protection tangible contre la discrimination et les crimes haineux.

L’ABC a exhorté le Sénat à adopter le projet de loi C-16, Loi modifiant la Loi canadienne sur les droits de la personne et le Code criminel, sans aucune modification. Le magazine ABC National a observé en mars (uniquement en anglais) que le Sénat s’emploie à retarder et à entraver la promulgation de ce texte législatif. Le mémoire se lit comme suit :

Le projet de loi C-16 constitue une mesure pour intégrer expressément ces protections dans les domaines de compétence fédérale qui est attendue depuis trop longtemps. Il ne s’agit pas d’une mesure audacieuse, et elle ne devrait pas être controversée. Selon la Commission canadienne des droits de la personne, « la Commission, le Tribunal et les tribunaux considèrent que "l’identité sexuelle" et "l’expression sexuelle" sont protégées par la Loi canadienne sur les droits de la personne ». La loi accorde déjà une protection contre la discrimination fondée sur l’un de ces motifs, ou les deux, sauf dans un territoire (le Yukon). Dans tous les ressorts, des protections pour les personnes transgenres sont conférées implicitement par la loi.

Il y a lieu de noter que le gouvernement du Yukon a déposé un projet de loi visant à protéger les droits des personnes transgenres dans ce territoire le mois dernier (adopté en deuxième lecture), tandis que deux projets de loi au Nouveau-Brunswick visant à étendre la portée de tels droits ont franchi l’étape de la dernière lecture.

 

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Environmental law

Carta de Foresta: A guide for protecting the commons and individual rights

Par Yves Faguy mai 15, 2017 15 mai 2017

Carta de Foresta: A guide for protecting the commons and individual rights

 

As far as medieval English Charters go, Magna Carta, famous for curbing royal authority and arbitrary use of power, is unquestionably the most celebrated. Lesser known today, but no less successful in its own time, is the Great Charter’s younger cousin, Carta de Foresta.

Also known as the Charter of the Forest of 1217, it was radically in its impact, in that it returned to private ownership vast areas of forest that had been expropriated by England’s kings, all the way back to William the Conqueror.  It also gave a right of common access to royal private lands.

It was issued by the nine-year old King Henry III in 1217, and reaffirmed many times thereafter over the next eight centuries, often in tandem with Magna Carta.  Carta de Foresta remained in force as a statute in England until it was replaced by the superbly named Wild Creatures and Forest Laws Act in 1971.

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