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"Advice you can use — short and to the point — every Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday. SlawTips is an initiative of Slaw.ca where Shaunna, Laura, David, and Dan are all regular contributors."

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  • Thanks!

    I used to work with someone who might fairly be described as curmudgeonly. This person detests people who reply to an e-mail with a one-word Thanks. Needless replies are a bit annoying, but it’s also hard to know when to terminate an e-mail exchange. The advice I give to law students in my seminar o … Read more »

  • Fancy for the Sake of Being Fancy

    ‘Keep it simple’ is good advice – but advice that many lawyers fail to heed. As soon as I am ableSeen in automatic out-of-office e-mail replies or heard on voicemail. There is nothing wrong with as soon as I can, and it certainly sounds less pretentious. For the avoidance of doubtThis phrase is pomp … Read more »

  • How Do You Get Other Lawyers – or Yourself – to Write for Publication?

    Making it happen is not always easy. Chris Riley of Lexology has some helpful suggestions for increasing lawyer engagement in what he calls ‘content marketing’: write about topics your clients tell you they’ve been worrying about describe the issue and propose a solution don’t simply parrot news ite … Read more »

  • Finding Information About Private Acts

    “Private acts” are acts that are passed to deal specifically with the private interests of a person, company, or organization; for example the Acme Assurance Company Incorporation Act, S.C. 1931, c. 71 is a private act. Private acts can be found both federally and provincially.  One challenge with r … Read more »

  • Gendered Job Descriptions

    Does it still strike you as odd to see Cate Blanchett or Meryl Streep described as an actor? Actress is in fact a relatively new word in English, because no females performed on stage in England before the seventeenth century (although the OED does say that actor was applied to both sexes in the ear … Read more »