Monday’s Mix

Each Monday we present brief excerpts of recent posts from five of Canada’s award­-winning legal blogs chosen at random* from sixty recent Clawbie winners. In this way we hope to promote their work, with their permission, to as wide an audience as possible.

This week the randomly selected blogs are 1. Western Canada Business Litigation Blog  2. Global Workplace Insider 3. Legal Sourcery  4. Clio Blog  5. Double Aspect

Western Canada Business Litigation Blog
Promissory Notes and the Limitation Act

A promissory note is a written promise by a borrower to pay a sum of money to a lender upon the occurrence of an event, usually a demand for payment. Promissory notes are often used by friends and family members to record loans made between them. No one expects there to be problems at the outset and all are sure the loan will be repaid at some point. But how long do promissory notes remain enforceable?…

Global Workplace Insider
Say What You Mean and Mean What you Say (And Put it in Writing)

A recent Ontario case provides a good reminder of the importance of a clear and thorough employment contract. In the case, an employee with eight months’ service claimed he had a five-year fixed term contract and sued for more than four years of lost wages….

Legal Sourcery
The Roll (Throwback Thursday)

We talked about the history of the Law Society of Saskatchewan’s Roll in a previous Throwback post. So when and how did the Roll come into existence in the legal profession? It went way back to the 12th century when the English legal profession started to take shape. An early sign of professional regulation appeared in the Statute of Westminster 1275 which imposed penalties on lawyers (Serjeant-at-law) who were found to be deceitful (Fraud Act 1275)….

Clio Blog
Can Your Practice Management Solution Improve Client Satisfaction?

When lawyers look at legal practice management (LPM) solutions and debate whether or not having one is a good investment, the questions often revolve around “How will this help my practice?” Or “Which features will I actually use?” These are great questions, don’t get us wrong. They’re just neglecting one crucial factor: your clients….

Double Aspect
Fighting Expertise with Expertise

Lisa Kerr, a brilliant colleague of mine at the JSD programme at NYU and soon-to-be professor at Queen’s, has recently published a fascinating article called “Contesting Expertise in Prison Law,” explaining the practical and normative importance of expertise and evidence in prisoners’ rights adjudication. I am no doubt biased, but I think it deserves to be read and thought about, both for its importance to its specific topic, and for what it can tell us about some much broader trends in Canadian law….


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