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  1. Suits For Men

    That is correct, but the missing point he left out is sure you can do that once you've proved how good you are, but not from day one. As to the other comments, I am unsympathetic to someone too lazy/ignorant/clueless to not hem pants, indifferent to fashion guys with the dutch style 'it may flood' pants, and very sympathetic to the 'one too many beers/steak/pasta and can't fit into my shirt so well right now'. I've been there, brother.
  2. Fair enough, this was before my time, I don't know specifics only what I've read/heard.
  3. It's a good article but very old. Goodman & Carr blew up Heenan style in 2007 so just FYI the article is at least a decade old.
  4. Bay Street Bonuses

    I don't have anything to add other than I think it depends on the firm, the degree to which there is a flexible model of the business. I know that some firms, assuming you're a good lawyer, more or less, let you dictate your lifestyle. You want to work like a maniac, and paid like a rockstar, be like Mary. You want to be home for supper, no problem, you just won't make what Mary makes. I think for some firms, it's harder to do.
  5. Bay Street Bonuses

    Try Rousseau Chambertin next time.
  6. Bay Street Bonuses

    That's oddly specific. How was it?
  7. TWU and the SCC

    More like decisions! There's going to be at least 3 sets of reasons, probably 4.
  8. Bay St Articles Offers

    Very interesting, and kind of what I was thinking. Clients always want to know what other type of clients you have. Didn't Torys grow out of a strong connection to a couple of wealthy family businesses?
  9. Bay St Articles Offers

    It's an interesting question, I think the hurdle in a firm moving to the next 'tier' is having at least one client in the higher tier you want to attract. That either happens very slowly, or you are roommates with the next Zuckerberg and your firm grows with his, allowing you to attract other top tier clients.
  10. Toronto DOJ Salary Versus Private Law Firms

    I think in Tax Services, you start as LA1 so your estimate isn't far off though I note these are pretty old effective dates (but may be the applicable date per the CBA)
  11. Toronto DOJ Salary Versus Private Law Firms

    Congratulations! Is this articling or not? If it's not, DOJ has standard pay bands, so any DOJ starting position in Toronto would be the same (but ignore Criminal as they have a different union) I'd check here and see if you can find your position or closest.
  12. Tax Lawyers

    You can also go in house at a large enough corporation that would it's worthwhile to have a tax lawyer. Maximumbob recently did that. To further elaborate on providence, you could work for the government either in Justice as a litigator, unlikely if your experience is as a planner, or in Finance to develop policy and legislation, or work for CRA directly (they have all manner of tax lawyers working for them, in rulings, and various branches), or certain other branches of government also use tax lawyers. I met a couple lawyers who worked negotiating tax treaties; their job sounded cool.
  13. Tax Court of Canada Clerkship Interview

    I did, but it was a little while ago. I don't know if the process has changed, but I think that's it, you interview with 3 judges, talking about the case you selected. The written test is to make sure you can write coherently. The experience was great, I don't regret it one bit, it was instrumental in me getting some interviews and my current position, as a tax litigator. I found that generally it got people to 'give me a look' or consider my application because of the clerkship.
  14. Crypto Currency and Law

    I don't see the huge advantage of 'smart' contracts to cover transactions between party A & B. We have taken a couple of centuries to build a pretty good system. However, where there is a transaction that needs to be verified by a central database, I can see how blockchain would change things. For example, property conveyances (house, cars, etc.) could be done person to person with no additional verification needed. It could be huge for VAT's.
  15. Crypto Currency and Law

    The Young Practitioner's of the Canadian Tax Forum did a seminar in November on this. It will certainly impact tax (what doesn't?) and it seems like it may be regulated by securities law though that is still being decided. Must be tough to advise right now with the law still being figured out. It's tough to even advise a client if they're gains are on income or capital, or even what bitcoin is (CRA does not take the view it is a currency at the moment) One issue I see right now is the power consumption requirements, bitcoin is hitting limits it takes too much electricity to mine/verify transactions. I agree with conge, at some point, blockchain has the potential to radically alter anything based on a central database/verification system so in addition to the above, voting, secure identities are others.