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Winds of change gathering over profession, chief justice tells CBA

The Chief Justice of Canada has put fresh wind in the sails of lawyers pushing to lift the regulatory ban on non-lawyer ownership of law firms, say proponents of alternative business structures (ABS).

A simmering battle between the board of directors of Quebec’s legal society and its suspended president is heading to court after negotiations during a settlement conference before Quebec Superior Court Chief Justice François Rolland failed, to the disappointment of Quebec’s legal community.

The mysterious sounding “phantom offer” is a possible verbal bid brought by a sellers’ agent. Such an offer is not registered and often not presented, as other offers are, and rarely is it recorded.

When the Canadian Human Rights Commission and Canadian Human Rights Tribunal were established in 1977, the Canadian Human Rights Act offered the first real protections against discrimination federally, notably by government.

Networking events are ideal places for lawyers to rub shoulders with potential clients, develop leads — and perhaps hand out some of those business cards that have been gathering dust.