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May 2017
Field Law Announces Voting Phase of Community Fund Program

Field Law, a western and northern regional law firm, is excited to announce the launch of the online voting phase of the fifth year of the Field Law Community Fund Program (the Program). The Program, which supports local pay-it-forward initiatives in the communities Field Law operates in, is now accepting public input to help determine how many of the almost 100 applicants will be awarded funds from the $75,000 available....

April 2017
Field Law Supports Pay-it-Forward Ideas of Local Organizations and Community Causes with $75,000

Field Law, a western and northern regional law firm, is excited to announce the launch of its 5th annual Field Law Community Fund Program (the Program). The Program supports local initiatives and causes within communities in Northern and Southern Alberta and the Northwest Territories. In 2017, the Program will donate $75,000 across all three regions....

Taking Off: Drone Law in Canada
What You Need to Know to (Legally) Operate a Drone

Did you know that people operating drones are considered pilots of aircraft? Or that the Canadian drone market is estimated to be worth between $100-$260 million by 2024? How about the fact that more than 300 Canadian companies fall within the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle sector?...

Value Advantages of Field Law

Clients benefit daily from Field Law's framework of a client service culture and dedication to successfully running the firm as a competitive, continuously improving business while pursuing legal excellence and serving our communities. We consistently demonstrate that meeting the needs of our clients is our first priority through the delivery of sound advice, great service and solid results.

Our regional size, structure and deep roots allow us to provide added value services. We are a large enough regional presence to be able to closely monitor regional issues and challenges affecting our clients and still entrepreneurial and nimble enough to be able to effect change quickly and cost effectively.

Commitment to Help You:

Performance Improvement: We’re committed to helping you realize performance improvements through continuously streamlining and improving our own operations.  Through client conversations and the application of process improvement techniques, Field Law has achieved considerable efficiencies and standardization in both litigation and business law service areas.  Field Law has lawyers with Lean Six Sigma accreditation.

Providing Value for Your Dollars:

Alternative Fee Arrangements: Field Law has experience with a broad range of alternative fee arrangements, [MORE] including providing legal services on a fixed fee basis for project work, fixed fees for larger portfolios of work, contingency fee arrangements, blended hourly rate and contingency fee arrangements, and blended hourly rate and performance based holdbacks.  We have identified the need to be proactive in providing you alternatives to the hourly rate billing model, as large consumers of legal services strive to develop fee arrangements that emphasis value delivered rather than time spent.

We are flexible in structuring our billing arrangements and are aware that in many cases you want more budget certainty than the hourly billing model provides. For example, we have found that coverage opinions are well-suited to a flat fee billing arrangement.  In the litigation context we have experience "unbundling" the process into its components (Statement of Defence, document discovery, oral discovery, interlocutory matters, trial, etc.) and providing flat fees for our services related to the individual components.  We have also structured billing arrangements for litigation matters where flat fees are combined with performance-based holdbacks that result in a specific focus on value delivered.  In addition, we have significant experience in prosecuting subrogated claims on the basis of both traditional contingency fee arrangements and more complex contingency and performance-based structures that take into account achieving pre-arranged milestones.

For business law clients, Field Law offers a variety of services at a fixed price.  These services include incorporation and an extensive range of corporate administrative actions.  For commercial house builders, we offer conveyance services at a fixed price. A variety of transactional services are offered at special or blended rates.

Client Learning: As our client, you have access to exclusive opportunities to learn such as seminars, in-house presentations, industry-specific client roundtable sessions, Lunch and Learn sessions, e-bulletins, newsletters and articles. Many of our lawyers have written authoritative textbooks in particular areas of law and/or have annotated other publications that we also share with you.

Extranet: You can have direct access to your files and electronic documents through customized, secure extranet sites.

Conflict Checks: Multi-layered conflict checking is conducted for all new file openings.

Leveraged Resourcing: Paralegals, librarians and assistants are part of the Field Law team who provide technical proficiency and support to your business and ensure that the right work is being done by the right person.

Precedents Management: Precedents, arranged by practice area and forms are collected and organized within our document management system for easy re-use of work product.  Lawyers across the firm can easily share tasks and collaborate for the most efficient production of the best work product by the right people.

Legal Research Database: Field Law has invested in a fully searchable work product database. [MORE] Our substantial archived collection of research work is available to all our searchers and includes keyword tagging in addition to advanced full text searching capabilities. We also subscribe to a full complement of external legal research sources.

Litigation Document/File Management System: Field Law currently uses Worldox as its main document management system, [MORE] and Summation iBlaze and LAW PreDiscovery as its main litigation document management software.  These programs allow us to describe, number, classify, and manipulate both scanned documents and native files for efficient production and exchange of records.  The use of scanned copies of material and/or exact digital copies of native files allows original documents to be preserved intact, and the software gives us the capability to search native files and OCR, to redact privileged or confidential material, and to create electronic "packages" in various formats that can be provided to you, opposing counsel, co-counsel, and experts with minimal time expenditure and without any printing or photocopy costs to you.

Business law clients benefit from the use of “blacklining” programs and metadata removal services offered by the WorkShare software, deployed throughout the firm.

Law Librarians & Research Lawyer: The Field library team members offer personal research assistance and legislation monitoring [MORE]along with assisting in a variety of efficiency based knowledge management activities.. Because we offer so many tools for both print and electronic legal research, we also offer regular training and refreshers on these products.

Our Firm also employs a dedicated research lawyer and has a very high number of junior lawyers and students who have done legal research and clerking at most levels of Court.

Field Law Librarians work closely with the Director of Knowledge Management and Process Improvement who has the responsibility of leading the development of methods and systems which enhance our lawyers’ abilities to easily access relevant information and documents.

Professional Development/Training: Our commitment to education and training is such a high priority that we created the position of Director of Professional Recruitment and Development. [MORE] Responsible for coordinating the delivery of our various continuing legal education and professional development initiatives, our Director is constantly looking for ways to build upon and expand our existing programs. Our goal is to ensure that all of our lawyers can access the resources they need in order to become outstanding legal advisors to our clients. Highlights of our current programs include:
•    Education Committees that organize internal and invitational seminars on a wide variety of topics related to substantive law and practice management
•    Support for external continuing legal education through several recognized organizations, including the Legal Education Society of Alberta, the Canadian Bar Association, and the Alberta Civil Trial Lawyers Association
•    Supporting partners who would like to work on their L.L.M. degrees
•    Regular Practice Group meetings, with an emphasis on legal developments in specific areas of law
•    A mentorship program for all associate lawyers to support their training and development on an individualized basis, and
•    A comprehensive and well-structured articling program with formal rotations in both litigation and corporate law.
Additionally a large numbers of our lawyers engage in law school teaching which allows us to give back to our legal academic communities and keeps us on the cutting edge of developments in various areas.

Technology: You benefit from our investment in and streamlining of technology. [MORE] All information is stored in a centralized data centre with disaster recovery redundancies in place, drastically reducing the cost and volume of hardware, maintenance, support, downtime, and operating costs.

We are one of the first law firms to run a virtualized desktop environment across all offices. Not only have we been able to reduce costs, increase productivity, and improve data security, but we are also able to be more proactive with the implementation of new technologies. The virtual desktops we use can be accessed from almost any computer, tablet or smart phone, making our lawyers and staff connected anywhere, anytime. And, with our email-integrated Internet-enabled phone system, we can be more responsive in our service delivery and competitive in our pricing.

Referral Network: Field Law is a member of State Capital Group, [MORE] allowing you access, (through us) to trusted, dependable legal representation anywhere in the world your business takes you. State Capital Group is a seamless global network of over 145 of the profession’s preeminent independent law firms with more than 11,500 attorneys in nearly 450 offices around the world. By uniting our skills, expertise and influence, member firms help leading and growing companies in every industry navigate a complex and ever-changing legal landscape to help you solve today’s toughest business challenges.

Focusing On You:

Client Feedback Audit: Client Feedback Audits are a regular part of our business and are meant to discuss all levels of satisfaction concerning your relationship with Field Law. Assessing our performance is critical in ensuring that we both enjoy a productive, long-standing, transparent and mutually beneficial relationship. Our Managing Partner usually conducts these face-to-face interviews.

Succession Planning: Succession or transition of a particular file or key relationship leader with you is critical. [MORE] Field Law has a policy that if the change is due to a Field-initiated reason, we do not charge for the new lawyer's time to get up to speed on the file or relationship.  When we do go through change, we advise you of the upcoming change to propose the transition strategy and work with you to make final decisions of team members and roles.

From an internal perspective, Field Law also has a succession plan and a strategic committee that addresses the evolution of law firm organizational structures, demographic imperatives and potential changes in retirement legislation.

Understanding Your Business:

Knowing every aspect of your business is our business. We understand that providing efficient and effective service means being actively involved in and knowledgeable of your industry.

Field Law encourages its lawyers to become familiar with your business through visits to your workplaces, subscription to industry publications and attendance at and participation in events relevant to your business. Our advice and services benefit from this in-depth understanding and knowledge and you benefit from more informed advice that creates better relationships and delivers more value.