Court Denies Solo Lawyer’s Last Minute Adjournment Request - Noting Availability of Freelance Lawyers to Assist
Sole practitioners face different challenges than lawyers working at larger firms.
Often sole practitioners must bear the responsibility for all aspects of their client files, while also having to deal with the demanding administrative side of a law practice. They may not have the resources to hire a full-time associate or staff to assist.
Without careful planning, a sole practitioner may quickly become overwhelmed with work and may have to seek extensions for due dates, adjustments to timetables, or adjournments of court appearances. As a recent Ontario Superior Court of Justice case highlighted, there is a right way, and a wrong way, to handle these requests.
Flex Founder and CEO, Erin Cowling, recently wrote about The problem with endlessly complaining about work in the Spring 2022 edition of Precedent Magazine.
Are you guilty of venting about work to your colleagues? Then read Erin's tips to help you rethink your approach to conversations about work with friends and colleagues.
As lawyers, we often look for safe spaces to vent… These conversations are often valuable. Talking to lawyers who understand our problems can help us brainstorm solutions and feel supported. But when lawyers repeatedly gather just to complain about work, that can be as harmful as poring over negative posts on Twitter…Psychologists have a name for this sort of counterproductive behaviour: co-rumination.
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Are you a law firm that wants to financially support Black-owned businesses? Below is a brief list of ways you and your law firm can do so. Do you have more to add? Email us or comment and we will add it to our list.
Mandatory Minimum Compensation for Articling/LPP Students: The Law Society of Ontario Wants Your Feedback
There is an ongoing debate among the Benchers of the Law Society of Ontario about one aspect of the lawyer licensing process and they want to hear your opinion
I had to get to know myself (my strengths, struggles, skills, unique talents, etc.) to find the right career path. I had to learn to listen to myself and not to what others thought would be a good career for me.
Have you ever dreamed of a four-day work week? You are not the only one.
Several countries have tested a shortened work week with mixed, but mostly positive, results (including Iceland, Spain, Sweden, and Germany). Individual companies have also tried reducing their work week (Microsoft Japan, Kickstarter, Unilever and Shake Shack). And, most recently, the Ontario Liberals proposed a four day work week pilot project if they are elected in June 2022.
Microsoft Office and Google Workspace (previously known as G Suite) are the primary two systems available for lawyers and law firms. While most lawyers are familiar with Microsoft Office, Google Workspace offers a competitive option that should not be overlooked.
If you and your firm use Office, below are the top five reasons you should pay more attention to Google Workspace. If you are already using Google Workspace, read on to learn about the features that you are missing out on.
LinkedIn is a large professional online platform full of resources and, when used correctly, has lots of opportunities for lawyers wanting to expand their network and get new clients. If you only use one of the many social media options out there, it should be LinkedIn.
Unlike other social media platforms, LinkedIn is curated for professionals and businesses looking to connect, and in the legal profession, these connections often mean more paying clients.
Have I convinced you yet? If so, here’s a three-step process for expanding your network, and reaching potential new clients, using LinkedIn.
Flex Legal's Founder & CEO, Erin Cowling, was recently interviewed by Immigration Lawyer, Evelyn Ackah, for Evelyn's podcast "Ask". Erin and Evelyn discuss the story of Flex Legal, the opportunities and obstacles of entrepreneurship, and what is next for Erin and the Flex Legal Network.
Find the episode HERE
Access more episodes of the "Ask Canadian Immigration Lawyer Evelyn Ackah" podcast HERE