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  1. You don't need to incorporate to set up a solo law practice. It really wouldn't make sense to incorporate a company to fill a period of time on your resume.
  2. Yeah you're right. I thought OP was an associate.
  3. OPs practice group likely has a pamphlet or blog page or PDF that he can send out. COVID 19 and force majeure or COVID 19 and layoffs of COVID 19 and evictions. I meant sending out emails to OPs connections and network with these things attached and something personalized like hey we're seeing a lot of x, y and z these days, take a look at this guide we put together. Hope all is well. Etc.
  4. Talk to the marketing department or your primary partner or practice group boss about writing articles to post on your firm's blog or website or in industry magazines or in the annual publication your group creates, etc. Update/create templates for your practice group. See if there's any software your firm has that that would streamline your practice or that of your team and implement it, if necessary. Send out emails to potential clients and give them some free advice on common issues you're seeing in your practice re COVID. Update your resume (at home).
  5. 1) Re Service work: Do you have lots of friends, family and business connections that are going to pay you $500 per hour to work on their deals or real estate litigation? If not, then you're going to start out with service work and stay there until you develop your own book of business. Edit: I should probably add, even if you answer this question in the affirmative, your business - seemingly a really good thing - will be a source of tension because as a young associate you'll be less available to work on the partners's matters which is what you were hired to do. 2) Re Common to become developer: If you want to make money on the development or use of real estate rather than as a service provider, you can certainly do it but I wouldn't say it's common. You just need to figure out how you're going to get there. No one here can tell you how to go from A (slaving away as a big law real estate associate) to Z (making $4m per year as a partner or principal in a real estate investment group). 3) Re how to get to where they are are today: Call up someone who is ex big law and is now running a syndicate or some other small development company and see if they want to get lunch (when the world returns to normal). Or call up a real estate lawyer who owns her own firm and ask them how they developed their practice, etc. Pick people's brains so you know what opportunities to look out for in your own journey. You're asking the right questions but are generally uninformed. You're right to ask how to use a law degree to do more than make money as a service provider in real estate. On certain deals I'm big law you'll have an associate and partner working like dogs to meet deadlines - all of that labor - but the return is less than the broker's cut who seemingly did very little. So you're right to want more out of the game. But you need to go out in the real world and meet people and make connections, etc. Use Google and the telephone. If you get into big law don't run your mouth about wanting to be a developer or start an investment group or boutique shop. Just keep quite, build your Rolodex, be a good little associate, and one day execute your plan.
  6. I'll pass. It's simply not true that "international tax planning is not particularly common in Canada" or that the work is "exclusively the province of the most elite firms." And, regardless of these statements, if my entire recommendation --- that Canadian graduates of foreign law schools build connections and gain experience to develop a multinational practice (if the goal is to end up back in Canada without wasting their foreign education and experience) ---- turns into a contest on the supply and demand of international tax services in Canada, that's not really a conversation I wish to engage in and only further derails this thread.
  7. Yikes, what's your problem? I practice in a foreign country and see a lot of ways how I could leverage my education, connections and experience from abroad for a legal career in Canada, if that were the aim. I think these opportunities are far greater for tax and corporate than litigation or other practices, which is why I highlighted them. There's a demand for international tax structuring and planning services on the corporate and individual level. Do you not agree? A student who studies at Bond, leverages her connections and education to develop an international practice there, makes the necessary Canadian business and professional connections, and returns to Canada with a cross border or international tax practice will have optimized her time abroad, IMO. That's the point. It's an example.
  8. That's a question for an international tax lawyer, not me. There's always a demand for lawyers with cross border tax law knowledge, among both companies and individuals.
  9. Good points. I'm trying to hypothesize how a Canadian could go to Australia and optimize their experience and education. I'd imagine tax and corporate are the best avenues for one who wants to start a legal career in Aus.
  10. Skadden has an office in TO. Not a "full" office as you indicate. There are some others too. But I can't think of a full service NYC-based firm or Chicago-based firm that has 20+ lawyers in Toronto. Littler has an office in TO serving the firms institutional clients in Canada among others presumably.
  11. DLA, Baker McKenzie, and Norton Rose have Australia offices, I believe. It seems like if you really wanted to maximize your Australian education as a Canadian (and go down the Big Law route), you'd want to get into the Sydney or Brisbane office of one of these firms, complete your NCA requirements, and transfer to a Canadian office with your Australian business and professional connections and your Australian law firm connections in hand.
  12. How many Canadians at Bond end up staying and working in Australia? Is it hard to do? Are the local jobs for students graduating from Bond any good?
  13. The law is filled with the same pressures and the same sort of people you find in law school. If you didn't like it your first year and felt the need to truly dip out and not deal with it your 1L summer, unless you have changed significantly, going back is not going to be much different. I don't know why you think law is more of a real career than being a performer, musician, or instructor. I think you need to figure out what you want to do with your life. The reason there are so many miserable lawyers is because many of them went to law school because they didn't know what to do with their lives and ended up being a lawyer rather than figure it out.
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