This category includes all resources for Professional Development related to Practice Management

  • Title:               Avoiding Cyber Dangers (Webinar)

    Date:               February 1, 2017

    Description: Presenter Dan Pinnington is the Vice president of Claims Prevention for LawPro, the insurer for Ontario’s lawyers. He is also the man behind LawPro’s most excellent Avoid a Claim Blog. Dan knows his stuff! – Tana Christianson

    The objectives of this webinar are to help you learn to identify and understand your firm's potential Cybercrime vulnerabilities, and what steps to take to reduce your exposure to Cyber-related dangers.

    We have all heard about Cybercrime, but do you know just how great the risk to your law firm is? According to one practicePRO article, “Cybercrime dangers are many, complex and ever changing…. Cyber criminals have considerable resources and expertise, and can cause significant damage to their targets. Cyber criminals specifically target law firms as law firms regularly have funds in their trust accounts and client data that is often very valuable.”

    Topics that will be covered in this webinar include:

    • Cyber dangers & Liabilities, including
      • Hacked email
      • Ways firms' systems are compromised
      • Malware
      • Phishing scams
    • Password best practices
    • Email safety tips
    • Browser & surfing dangers
    • Increasing online banking safety
    • Preventing theft or loss

    Lawyers, law firm office managers and support staff are ALL encouraged to attend this program.

    Presenter:    Dan Pinnington,  Vice President, Claims Prevention and Stakeholder Relations, LAWPRO (Lawyers' Professional Indemnity Company)

    Moderator: Tana Christianson, Director of Insurance, The Law Society of Manitoba

    Run Time:        1 hour

    MCPD hours:    1 hour

    EPPM hours:     1 hour

    Price:                $40 + GST ($42.00)

  • Title:               Files Gone Wild: Top Ten Pitfalls to Avoid

    Date:               March 1, 2017

    Description: Law Society Professional Liability Insurance claim staff recount terrible tales of actual insurance claims against real lawyers and offer tips on how these claims might have been avoided.

    Presenters from The Law Society of Manitoba:
    Tana Christianson, Director of Insurance   James Cox,  Insurance Counsel

    Run Time:        1.5 hours

    MCPD hours:    1.5 hours

    EPPM hours:     1.5  hours

    Price:                $50 + GST ($52.50)

  • Title:               Hot Topics in Tax:
    Considerations for Your Practice Structure, Billing Practices and Income

    Date:               May 10, 2018

    Description: As a diligent practitioner, you’re vigilant about potential tax issues when advising clients on their legal matters. However, are you also taking the time to think about tax issues relating to your legal practice structure, billing practices, income and pension?

    Please join us for this program focused on important tax issues that you need to consider in order to comply with legislative and ethical requirements.

    An experienced panel consisting of tax counsel, accountants and an actuary will cover a wide range of issues, including:

    • Tax changes regarding work in progress (WIP) and the elimination of billed-basis accounting
    •  GST/HST and PST on fees rendered with focus on out of province clients and multi-provincial clients
    • Individual pension plans for incorporated lawyers
    • New rules regarding income splitting with family
    • Law firm partnership agreements and the tax effects of withdrawal from partnership
    • Removing law corporation surpluses as capital gains
    •  February 2018 Budget changes regarding reduction of small business tax rate for companies with passive income
    Chair/Presenter: Cy Fien, Fillmore Riley LLP

    Presenters:  Johanna Caithness, Fillmore Riley LLP     Greg Gillis
    (Pension Actuary), Lawton Partners    
    Brian Janzen (Chartered Professional Accountant), Deloitte Canada        John Jeninga (Commodities Consultant and former technical analyst at CRA Rulings Division GST/HST)

    MCPD hours:    3 hours

    EPPM hours:     1 hour

    Price:                $105 + GST ($110.25)

  • This resource is a webinar presented by Bjorn Christianson, Q.C. and Greg Evans on May 10, 2012.  In it, the presenters discuss the benefits of retainer letters and other client management techniques designed to make your professional life easier.

    Time:            1 hour webinar

    CPD Hours:   1

    Cost:             $40 plus GST ($42)

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  • Speaker Douglas Paterson, Q.C. shares tips and practical advice on Office Safety, sharing his own experience of developing an office safety plan for his firm. Additional special guest speakers from the Winnipeg Police Service, Patrol Sgt. Phil Penner and Constable Marlene Hyde present on the do and don'ts for personal safety.

    MB Members: This program may be reported for up to 1 hour of eligible CPD activity, including 1 hour of Ethics, Practice Management or Professional Responsibility (EPPM).

    Self enrolment
  • Title:               Plain Language Communication

    Date:               November 23, 2016

    Description:Clear and effective communication is the foundation of a successful law practice, yet lawyers often rely heavily on legalese. Learn about the benefits of using plain language, and easy steps you can take starting today to change your habits and communicate more powerfully.

    Topics will include:

    • Advantages to plain language
    • Obstacles to plain language
    • Examples
    •  Practical tips
    • Formatting materials with the reader in mind

    Presenters:  Elliot Leven, Residential Tenancies Commission   |  Christina Wasyliw, Manitoba Justice    |  Natasha Brown, The Legal Help Centre

    Run Time:        1.25 hours

    MCPD hours:    1.25 hours

    EPPM hours:     1.25  hours

    Price:                $45 + GST ($47.25)

  • Title:               Sound Cybersecurity Practices For Your Law Firm

    Date:               April 12, 2017

    Description: This very practical program will further your awareness of cybersecurity risks, and will provide you with valuable information about the technologies and cybersecurity practices you can adopt to reduce these risks.

    Topics will include:

    • - Insurance – do you know what you are actually covered for?
    • - Lessons from the investment industry
    • - Cybersecurity best practices – including written policies, hardware inventories and incidence response guides
    • - But wait…What are the technologies required at the front end before you can even begin to implement new policies?
    • - How to find a good information technology/cybersecurity specialist
    • - Implementing a cybersecurity Policy

    Presenters: Sean Shore, Canadian Compliance and Regulatory Law  
    James Morris, Director, Security and Professional Services, Epic an MTS Company   Tana Christianson, Director of Insurance , The Law Society of Manitoba

    Run Time:        1.25 hours

    MCPD hours:    1.25 hours

    EPPM hours:     1.25 hours

    Price:                $45 + GST ($47.25)