It is often said in discussions on the future of the practice of law that the days of the general practitioner are numbered. Lawyers in the future must specialize.
One emerging specialty in Canadian civil litigation is that of settlement counsel.
A party to litigation retains two lawyers – one performs the standard role of litigation counsel whose objective is to successfully prosecute or defend the action. The goal of the other is to negotiate a settlement out of court.
The two lawyers work as a team. They share all of the same information. They communicate fully with each other . . . [more]