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

2018 Hot Topics in Tax: Considerations for Your Practice Structure, Billing Practices and Income
May 10, 2018

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
  • Re-partnering, retirement, self-sufficiency, and much, much more
  • 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


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)

CPD hours: 3
EPPM hours: 1

Price: $105.00 + GST = $110.25

2018 Hot Topics in Tax
Changes to the Taxation of Work-in-Progress
May 10, 2018

Changes to the Taxation of Work-in-Progress was one of five presentations included in the May 2018 Hot Topics in Tax: Considerations for Your Practice Structure, Billing Practices and Income.

Brian Janzen, a chartered professional accountant with Deloitte Canada, provides an overview of changes to the taxation of work-in-progress (WIP) implemented by the federal government’s Budget 2017. The option to use billed-basis accounting to exclude the value of WIP from income has been eliminated. This applies for taxation years beginning on or after March 22, 2017, with a 5-year transition period to phase in the inclusion of WIP into income. This presentation may serve as a starting point for you to initiate a conversation with your accountant about the impact of this change on your law practice, billing practices and 2018 year-end tax return.

Chair/ Presenter: Cy Fien, Fillmore Riley LLP

Presenter: Brian Janzen (Chartered Professional Accountant), Deloitte Canada

CPD hours: 0.5
EPPM hours: 0.5

Price: $30.00 + GST = $31.50

Avoiding Cyber Dangers
February 1, 2017

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
    • Phising 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.

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

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

CPD hours: 1
EPPM hours: 1

Price: $40.00 + GST = $42.00

Files Gone Wild: Top Ten Pitfalls to Avoid
March 1, 2017

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

CPD hours: 1.5
EPPM hours: 1.5 

Price: $50.00 + GST = $52.50

Plain Language Communication
November 23, 2016

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

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

CPD hours: 1.25
EPPM hours: 1.25 

Price: $45.00 + GST = $47.25

Procrastination and Professional Liability Insurance Claims
February 13, 2019

Procrastination. While we often think of it in relation to our personal goals (remember that shelving project in the garage that keeps getting put off?), the pitfalls of procrastination have an impact in our professional lives as well. In fact, as a lawyer, procrastination can have serious consequences and may necessitate a call to the Law Society’s Professional Liability Insurance Department if it results in a potential claim.

In this one-hour webinar, the Law Society of Manitoba’s Director of Insurance, Tana Christianson, and Professional Liability Insurance Fund Counsel, James Cox, will review why lawyers procrastinate, real life claims caused by procrastination, and the ethical and practical reasons lawyers should not procrastinate when they become aware of circumstances that may give rise to a claim. Additionally they will share some tips on how to beat this dreaded but oh so common condition.

They will also tell you how those shelves turned out ...

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

CPD hours: 1
EPPM hours: 1

Price: $55.00 + GST = $57.75

Sound Cybersecurity Practices For Your Law Firm
April 12, 2017

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

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

CPD hours: 1.25
EPPM hours: 1.25

Price: $45.00 + GST = $47.25