Managing a Law Practice

Looking for a strategies and methodologies that will help you run your practice like a business? Would you like a core understanding of how to use project management concepts and principles in your practice? Looking for tips of how you can incorporate, buy, sell, or start your own solo/small firm law practice? Learn about these and other topics from industry leads who have experience in this field.


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As privacy legislators are trying to catch up with technology, lawyers need to know how to protect their law practices, how to advise public and private clients about protocols that must be in place to protect personal information, and the serious consequences and penalties for breaches of privacy legislation.

From large corporations to a lawyer's own practice, this webinar will look at the current Federal and Provincial legislation and address the significant legislative changes to be implemented in November 2018. Not only do lawyers need to advise their clients, lawyers need to ensure they have their own protocols in place.  This panel will tackle this issue using real life examples both big and small – from massive data breaches to what happens when your laptop or cell phone is stolen – are you prepared?

This webinar is an introduction to the legislation and its application and a must for all lawyers who want to understand the basics of privacy legislation.

Our panelists are two privacy law practitioners: Angela Rinaldis has advised many large corporations regarding privacy including the Vancouver International Airport and Clinton Bauman uses his years of criminal law experience to assist his clients in pursuing remedies for invasive breaches of privacy.

Speakers
Angela Rinaldis, Angela Rinaldis Law Corporation
Clinton Bauman, Clinton Bauman Law Corporation

Moderator
Rhona M. Lichtenwald, Hillcrest Law & Mediation

This is an archived version of a program presented on September 6, 2018.

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PRI0918WR 2 2


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An overview of running a law firm as a business discussing the various roles a lawyer must engage in. The lawyer must manage the staff as well as be the leader. The successful operation of a small business should include a business plan which acts as the roadmap in reaching the firm goals and vision. The speaker advises on effective strategies in standing out in your practice area from your competition. Breakdown of all overhead costs involved in running a law firm.

Speaker
Ann M. Guinn, Solo/Small Law Firm Practice Management Consultant, G&P Associates

This is Part 1 of an archived version of a program presented on February 2, 2017.

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FIRMWR-A 1 1


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The speaker provides a breakdown of the various tools available for lawyers in determining their Return on Investment. The importance of calculating certain ratios which assist the firm in determining their operating costs. The use of effective management tools, such as the productivity dashboard to monitor productivity of employees and associate lawyers and ways in which you can increase productivity. This seminar discusses the importance of outsourcing and using your time wisely. Discussion of various fee arrangements that would work best in your practice area.

Speaker
Ann M. Guinn, Solo/Small Law Firm Practice Management Consultant, G&P Associates

This is Part 2 of an archived version of a program presented on February 2, 2017.

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FIRMWR-B 1.50 1.50


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Discussion on the best billing practices to avoid being in situations where you are not able to collect payment from your client. Techniques to deal with aged accounts and when to write them off. The importance of retainer agreements and what content should be included in the contract. The importance of complying with the Law Society requirements pertaining to trust accounts and how to keep your clients happy and making referrals.

Speaker
Ann M. Guinn, Solo/Small Law Firm Practice Management Consultant, G&P Associates

This is Part 3 of an archived version of a program presented on February 2, 2017.

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FIRMWR-B 1.50 1.50


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Discussion on ways to improve the overall client experience. The key to a successful client experience is developing a Law firm office Systems which not only assists lawyers with efficiency but also improves the client relationship. Focus on investing in your firm and distinguish between expenses and investments that are crucial for the growth of your firm.

Speaker
Ann M. Guinn, Solo/Small Law Firm Practice Management Consultant, G&P Associates

This is Part 4 of an archived version of a program presented on February 2, 2017.

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FIRMWR-D 1 1


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Thinking of buying or selling a law practice? As a solo or small firm practitioner, is that the right fit for you? In this webinar, you will learn the pros and cons of buying or selling a law practice. Our presenters are a business lawyer, a family lawyer, an accountant and a legal coach who all have been involved in either buying or selling a practice. From these diverse perspectives, you will find out about how to find the right practice to purchase, valuation, negotiation, the purchase agreement and transition post-sale. If you are junior lawyer thinking of buying a practice or a senior lawyer thinking of selling your law practice, this webinar will give you the practical information you need.

Speakers
Kris Bonn, Bonn Law Office
Gary Mitchell, On Trac Coach
Sheena M. Mitchell, Corporate Law For Small Business and Entrepreneurs
Kel Reid, CPA, CMA, Pinch & Reid
Victoria Starr, Starr Family Law

Moderator
Stuart Rennie, Legislation and Law Reform Officer, CBABC

This is the archived version of a program presented on May 7, 2014.

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BUY0514WR 2 2


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Have you ever wondered if you should incorporate your law practice? If so, this course is for you. The advantages and disadvantages of incorporating your law practice will be discussed. Learn about appropriate incorporation structure, incorporation documents, compliance with the Legal Profession Act and tax considerations like tax deferrals, income splits and capital gains exemptions.

Speakers
Alexander Demner,Thorsteinssons LLP 
Gloria Kang, Zargar Lawyers

Moderator
Stuart Rennie, Legislation and Law Reform Officer, CBABC

This is the archived version of a program presented on February 5, 2015.

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INC0215WR 2 2


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Is this you? You practice primarily with paper but want to go digital-but you don’t know how. You are digital, but you and your staff waste time every day looking for needed information? If so, this webinar is for you. Our industry experts will introduce you to digital fundamentals, then move to discuss a typical path to law firm digitization with practical strategies for implementation. These strategies include: digital records integration with paper records, records retention and disposition, scanning, application software selection, remote access, cloud storage, Law Society of BC rules and guidelines, digital records policies and procedures and digital records best practices and standards. Experience the success of being a digital dynamo! Legal support staff are welcome to attend.

Speakers
Alexandra (Sandie) Bradley, CRM, FAI, Harwood Information Associates Limited
April Wilhelmina, National Records Manager, McMillan LLP

Moderator
Stuart Rennie, Legislation and Law Reform Officer, CBABC

This is the archived version of a program presented on August 11, 2015.

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INFO0815WR 2 2


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Participants in this course will:
• Gain a basic understanding of a variety of foundational principles of business administration, and
• Learn how the principles apply to the management of legal services firms.

Suitable for Junior lawyers who are considering establishing a solo practice or who are interested in law firm management.

Speakers
Felicia Ciolfitto, Manager, Trust Regulation, Law Society of BC
Michael Litchfield, Managing Director, Thinklab Consulting Inc.

Moderator
Jennifer Smith, ThinkLab Consulting

This is the archived version of a program presented on October 17, 2013.

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BSL1012WR 2 2


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The idea of starting your solo law practice can feel scary. Take this webinar and avoid the fear and pitfalls of going solo. Presenter Marina Sedai has an established successful solo immigration practice. Kathryn Sainty has just established her solo practice, after she retired as the Registrar of the Supreme Court of British Columbia. In this interactive webinar, learn how these lawyers established their solo practices and what worked for each of them and what didn't. Topics include: practice management, office space and systems, accounting, finance, law firm staff and law practice technology. Take this webinar and get your own keys to the castle.

Speakers
Kathryn S. Sainty, Sainty Law
Marina L. Sedai, Sedai Law Office

Moderator
Stuart Rennie, Legislation and Law Reform Officer, CBABC

This is the archived version of a program presented on April 21, 2015.

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SOL0415WR 2 2


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In this webinar, our leading practitioners will take you on a journey on how you can manage your lawyers and their workloads in a new way. Ward Branch, from one of Canada’s leading boutique law firms, will share how being creative and innovative with lawyer workloads and law office technology has yielded greater law practice management efficiencies. Linda Robertson, a leading law practice management consultant and lawyer coach, will share her insights and experiences about how practices can be managed more efficiently and can serve clients in a more effective manner.

Speakers
Ward K. Branch, Branch MacMaster LLP
Linda K. Robertson, Advocacy Legal Consultants

Moderator
Stuart Rennie, Legislation and Law Reform Officer, CBABC

This is the archived version of a program presented on November 14, 2013.

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PRAC1113WR 2 2


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It's a fact of life that law firms move. Whether you are in a small, medium, large or solo law firm, in this live webinar, you'll learn how to effectively plan, manage and move your law office while avoiding needless business disruption and chaos. The presenters are lawyers who have successfully moved law offices--one a small firm and the other a medium-sized firm. They will share their lessons learned from their moves. You will be guided through every step of the move. A checklist vital to your move is provided to all participants in the course. Upon completion of the course, participants will be confident in knowing the practical issues involved in moving their law offices. Whether you are considering moving your law offices or actually planning a move, this course is for you.

Speakers
A. John Lakes, Lakes, Whyte LLP
Tako J. van Popta, McQuarrie Hunter LLP

Moderator
Stuart Rennie, Legislation and Law Reform Officer, CBABC

This is the archived version of a program presented on February 20, 2013.

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MOV0213WR 2 2


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Participants in this course will:
• Gain an understanding of the foundational project management concepts and principles, how project management can assist in the management of a legal services firm.
• Develop an understanding of the available project management tools and software.
• Learn the practical steps to establishing a basic project management plan.

Suitable for junior through senior lawyers who wish to achieve a basic understanding of project management.

Speakers
Lisa Chamandy, Counsel, Client service Innovation and Litigation, McCarthy T├ętrault LLP (Montreal)
Alexandra Cocks, McCarthy T├ętrault LLP

Moderator
Michael Litchfield, ThinkLab Consulting

This is the archived version of a program presented on April 11, 2013.

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BSL0413WR 1.5 1.5


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Sharing offices and costs is popular and effective for law practice management. Learn about leases, sharing agreements and insurance. Stay on side with client confidentially, client consent and conflicts as required by the new Code of Professional Conduct for BC. Find out about how to avoid apparent partnerships and associations. Discover how to make the office sharing relationship great and what to do when disputes arise.

Speakers
Lisa D. Ridgedale, Hakemi & Ridgedale LLP
Joan M. Young, McMillan LLP

Moderator
Stuart Rennie, Legislation and Law Reform Officer, CBABC

This is the archived version of a program presented on May 22, 2013.

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OFF0513WR 2 2


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Participants in this course will:
• Gain an understanding of the new Law Society Rules with respect to the expanding role of assistants, and
• Learn how to formulate effective strategies for working with assistants.

Suitable for junior through senior lawyers who manage legal support staff.

Speakers
Bruce A. LeRose, QC, President of Law Society of BC
Lisa A. Evenson, BC Paralegal Association

Moderator
Michael Litchfield, ThinkLab Consulting

This is the archived version of a program presented on November 14, 2012.

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BSL1112WR 2 2


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