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Right to strike?

By Yves Faguy February 19, 2015 19 February 2015

Right to strike?

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What you see is what you understand: Using visuals in contracts

By Rose Wilson February 19, 2015 19 February 2015

What you see is what you understand: Using visuals in contracts There’s a lot to be said for presentation. When explanatory diagrams and visuals are added to contracts, it makes them easier to understand and more user-friendly, even for lawyers. This was the finding of a 2014 study by a PhD candidate at Aalto University School of Science in Helsinki. Studying an international group of participants – representing 24 countries and including contract and commercial managers, negotiators, lawyers and supply chain professionals – Stefania Passera compared the use of text-only contracts with those that incorporated visuals like graphs and charts.

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Perspectives on ABS

By Lee Akazaki February 19, 2015 19 February 2015

Perspectives on ABS The CBA Legal Futures Initiative is presenting a panel discussion on alternative business structures at the Mid-Winter meeting of Council in Ottawa on Feb. 21. The Initiative’s 2014 report recommended that the Canadian legal profession move to liberalize its regulatory system to allow for non-lawyer-owned law firms – alternative business structures as a way to encourage the kind of innovation necessary to keep lawyers relevant.

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A duty of commitment

By CBA/ABC National February 13, 2015 13 February 2015

A duty of commitment

Last week the Supreme Court of Canada held that search power provisions in the Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) and Terrorist Financing Act were unconstitutional when applied to lawyers.

“This is a great victory for both the independence of the legal profession and the public,” CBA President Michele Hollins said, reacting to the decision.

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End Of Life

Assisted suicide ban struck down

By Justin Ling February 6, 2015 6 February 2015

Assisted suicide ban struck down

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Terrorism and civil liberty

By Justin Ling February 5, 2015 5 February 2015

Terrorism and civil liberty

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ABS: Why law students care

By Douglas Judson February 3, 2015 3 February 2015

ABS: Why law students care

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New powers to combat terrorism

By Justin Ling January 30, 2015 30 January 2015

New powers to combat terrorism

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What we learned from Nova Scotia’s TWU decision

By Julie Sobowale January 30, 2015 30 January 2015

What we learned from Nova Scotia’s TWU decision

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Filling Senate vacancies

By Justin Ling January 29, 2015 29 January 2015

Filling Senate vacancies

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Outlook in oil & gas

By Katy Anderson January 27, 2015 27 January 2015

Outlook in oil & gas

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Veterans’ appeals

By Global Administrator January 23, 2015 23 January 2015

Veterans’ appeals

Amid all the criticism directed at the government for reducing benefits and front-line services for veterans, some focus has drawn towards the semi-independent administrative board that may just be part of the problem.

The Veterans Review and Appeal Board is the body tasked with fielding all appeals regarding pension, disability and benefits of Canadian Forces and RCMP members, which amount to roughly 4,500 cases a year. As such it hears appeals on decisions by Veterans Affairs Canada and can review them.

In the initial review, veterans are allowed to testify, and can retain counsel, or a non-lawyer advocate. The government also offers special pension advocates — staff lawyers at Veterans Affairs who can advocate for veterans at the tribunal, free of charge. If the case goes to appeal, veterans can file written evidence, but only their advocate may make oral arguments.

That process has been part of the problem.

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