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Survival Gear: Making the Confidentiality Clause a ‘Survivor’ of the Employment Contract

The Jungle For most of us, the toughest ‘jungle’ we will have to learn to survive in is the world of employment. Most of us will not win a $1 million prize by being crowned the Sole Survivor on...

Designer Labels and Legal Fashion: Don’t Be Fooled by Appearances

  We see what we expect to see, and the fashion industry has been making $ billions exploiting this principle. Who wants a lawyer in a ripped pair of jeans – unless the jeans have ...

Why Hire a Lawyer When I Can Download an Free NDA Draft from the Internet?

“You get what you pay for” is a common expression, but when it comes to downloading free contracts from the internet, the chances are good that a ‘free’ do-it-yourself contract could tur...

The New Age Articling Student – Using Legal Technology to Learn and Draft More Efficiently

“How has legal technology affected you?” This is the third perspective in a three part series.   A few days into my articling term I received my first contract to draft - a commercial l...

Started from The Bottom: An Articling Student’s Legal Drafting Experience using a Document Comparison Tool

“How has legal technology affected you?” This is the second perspective in a three part series.   In law school, my contract law course taught me all about the basic requirements that m...

1982 – Legal Technology Compared to Document Drafting with Typewriters… Memories of a Techno-dino…

“How has legal technology affected you?” This is the first perspective in a three part series. 1982 - some of you were not born yet in the year I began my legal career as an Assistant Professor...

Paying with Shares: The Employee’s Perspective

Introduction What makes a stock option plan or agreement attractive to an employee? The short answer is - the opportunity to make money!   There are three basic ways for an employee to m...

Paying With Shares: The Employer’s Perspective

Introduction Your startup is thriving but you still have more goodwill than cash, and you need to retain your talent. You can’t afford to raise their pay - what can you do? Many companies in th...

Piece by Piece – 5 Legal Considerations for Startups

Introduction Every startup needs a name, a location, a business structure, financing and at least one employee (or self-employed entrepreneur!). Each need involves different legal considerations. H...

The End of A General Partnership

Introduction Business partners tend to come and go. It is important to know your rights when it is time to part ways with your business partner.   When does a partnership end? If ...

Non-competition Clauses: Is 5 Years Too Long to Promise not to Compete?

  Employment Contracts Non-competition clauses are often found in employment and consulting contracts. Generally speaking, these clauses have to be as narrow as possible, covering only ...

Limited Liability Partnership: What is an LLP?

Introduction Are you starting a business related to law, accounting or medicine? These high risk fields often operate as a “Limited Liability Partnership” (LLP). This structure allows partners ...

When a Confidentiality Agreement Isn’t Enough…

When determining how to protect specific confidential information, it is important to consider whether the terms of the confidentiality agreement offer at least the level of protection available under...

Advantages of an NDA

Looking to enter into business with someone but worried information you possess will be disclosed and no longer be your secret? Have no fear, an NDA is here! A non-disclosure agreement (NDA), also...

What Happens When Leased Equipment is Installed in a Rental Property?

What happens when leased equipment is installed in a rental property, and the tenant fails to pay the rent? The answer can depend on whether the equipment has become a ‘fixture’. The law disti...

Legal Tips and Tricks: “Shotgun Clause”

When trying to separate from a co-founder or partner, shareholders carefully review the “shotgun” clause in their shareholder’s agreement.  Shotgun or a compulsory buy/sell provisions are used ...

Protection of Confidential Information

I am often asked to either draft or review non-disclosure agreements. Within a standard agreement I will typically come across or include a clause on the standard of care required for safeguarding con...

Tips and Tricks: How to Compensate a New Team Member in Equity

Start-up companies often struggle with the valuation calculation, and how to determine the number of shares to issue to a new team member. A good place to start when thinking about this a...

Spam Messages and What You can do to Stop Them

Do you ever get annoying emails from companies you’ve never heard of? Or continuous emails from a company you once agreed to receive an email from years ago? Be aware that you have a right to ha...

CASL Part II: B2B Messages and the Concept of Consent

Is my message spam? Are you trying to use the web to reach out to as many people as you can to build your business? - Not so fast! Canada’s new anti-spam legislation (“CASL”), which came into...

Protect Your Goodwill – Register Your Trademark!

  What’s in a name? Trademarks are the name, design, brand or logo that represent the products and services a company offers. They can be the word that customers associate with a comp...

Property Powers of Attorney – Why You Need One

The other day I was at the library with my 10 year old son. I bumped into a bookshelf next to the children’s section and a book fell to the floor. I picked it up and was surprised to note that t...

“Do I need to be PCI compliant?" A brief look into PCI Compliance

  In order to prevent the growing threat of debit and credit card fraud, in 2006, major credit card payment brands such as Visa and Mastercard collaboratively created the Payment Card Indu...

Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation: What You Need to Know

Canada’s anti-spam legislation (CASL) came into effect July 1, 2014, becoming one of the toughest laws of its kind in the world. CASL applies to everyone - individuals, incorporated and unincorporat...

Role of the Board of Directors: To Protect the Investors

Many early stage companies are directed by a unanimous shareholder agreement, under which the shareholders take control away from the board and make all decisions by requiring a unanimous vote of the ...
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