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Precedent re-launches its exclusive legal networking website

From the day it launched five years ago, the Precedent A-List has been a go-to source for partner announcements, associate hires and job listings in the legal world.

And it still is. But it also just got way better.

“Following a six-month re-design process, our legal networking website has a fresh look, making it easier to read and navigate,” says Melissa Kluger, the publisher and editor of Precedent magazine. “And, with a new emphasis on eye-catching photography, the A-List is now more fun to browse.”

Also, given that more lawyers are reading on tablets and phones, Kluger says “the new site is designed to look great no matter what device you use.”

The made-over A-List will, of course, continue to serve up news candy for Canadian lawyers. Readers can, for example, peruse the hottest job openings at firms and in-house departments. (More than ever, in fact: since re-launching, the number of job postings on the A-List has soared by 30 percent.) And lawyers can turn to the website to find out when a firm announces a slate of new partners — or lures one from a competitor.

Norbert Knutel“But it’s important to remember that reading up on your colleagues is more than just fun,” Kluger is quick to point out. “Keeping up with the latest industry news should also be part of every lawyer’s networking and business development strategy.”

In fact, she says, reading the A-List can help lawyers find new business.

“If you see that an old law-school friend just made partner, drop them a note to congratulate them,” says Kluger. “Then, you can set up a coffee or lunch to re-connect — and that could lead to referrals down the line.”

Those sorts of well-informed gestures, she notes, can make a big difference over the course of long career.

Since the re-vamp of the A-List, several prominent firms have already posted news. Blakes announced 15 new partners and Torys has announced four new partners and four counsel. In the same period, Torkin Manes, Lerners and Howie, Sacks & Henry have used the site to trumpet new lateral hires.

And in the jobs section, the A-List has featured opportunities in business law at Miller Thomson and in litigation at WeirFoulds — plus a posting for the next general counsel at General Motors.

Every new item published on the A-List is also announced on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+ and in an eNewsletter sent out twice a month.


Visit the Precedent A-List at www.a-list.lawandstyle.ca

Three cities with growing legal markets

Fort McMurray, Alta.

fort-mcmurrayTechnically, it’s not a city — it’s part of Wood Buffalo, a municipality in northeastern Alberta. But, as the central hub of the oil sands, Fort Mac stands on its own as an economic powerhouse. Since 2005, its economy has grown by an average of 6.5 percent each year, almost quadrupling the national average. Between 2006 and 2013, its population mushroomed to 77,000 from 47,000 as skilled workers flocked to the region.

So far, though, the lawyer population remains small, says Mark Baril, partner at Stringam Denecky LLP’s Fort McMurray office. He says firms can barely keep up with the demand in family and criminal law — areas that see a boost when population spikes. “There is no shortage of work.” 

 

St. John’s, Nfld.

st-johns-cities-with-growing-legal-marketsNot just a blue-collar fishing town, this coastal city is a hotbed of oil and gas development. “Newfoundland used to be a have-not province, but in the last few years it’s just caught on fire,” says Lynn Iding, manager of professional development programs at McInnes Cooper LLP, one of the largest firms in Atlantic Canada. Thanks to a surge in offshore drilling, St. John’s boasts one of the most rapidly expanding economies in the country. “Firms are growing,” explains Iding. “There’s tons of work in energy and natural resources.”

Plus, Iding says any lawyer who heads east will be struck by the natural beauty. “You can’t drive for more than five minutes without coming across an ocean, a lake or a park.”

 

Saskatoon, Sask.

saskatoonLike the other two cities on this list, Saskatoon is on the upswing due to a white-hot resource market. Countries around the world, including China, are paying big bucks for oil, precious metals and potash from across Saskatchewan. Last year, the city’s economy expanded by 6.7 percent — faster than any other mid-sized city in the country.

Many resource companies, large and small, are based in Saskatoon and they hire local firms, says Troy Baril, an associate at Miller Thomson LLP’s Saskatoon office. Young lawyers, he says, should take note: if you want a career in corporate law, you don’t have to practise in Vancouver or Toronto. “We have a commercial team here — and they’re busy.”


Beyond these three cities, find out why Thunder Bay is on the cusp of an economic boom


Illustrations by Isabel Foo


This story appears in our 2014 national Student Issue