The Virtual Research Department

A research team at your fingertips.

Focus on the Big Picture

The Virtual Research Department lets you focus on the big picture while we deal with the nitty-gritty. Whether you are a lawyer or a small business owner, getting right down to business is your ultimate goal–building a client base, or marketing your product is top-of-mind. The work of supporting your business can fall by the wayside, especially when you’re working alone or on tight profit margins.

Concentrated Talent

Professional researchers are available to answer your questions, help you think of ideas, and build your knowledge base. Your product and business strategy benefits from resources that were once reserved for big law or big business. Concentrated talent is now at your disposal. 

Extra Hands

It provides a subscription-based research and writing service, to keep you ahead of your competition and on-track to meet your obligations. You have access to an on-call advisor able to dig into complex questions and find creative solutions. It’s extra hands without the hassle, ready to get to know you, your business, and your goals. The virtual research department has wide experience with legal, technical, and policy matters waiting to be put to use for your benefit.

Once you’ve signed up for a VRD funding level, you can begin assigning work to the department straightaway.

We will meet with you to understand your needs, prioritize your projects, and make sure that you receive service that meets your goals.

VRD subscriptions are annual contracts with a minimum ‘get-to-know-you’ period of 6 months. If you’re not happy after this time, you can cancel as you please.

Have a light month? We want to see you thrive. Your unused funding level’s services rollover to the next month.

Legal topics include: constitutional law, administrative/public law, human rights, labour and employment law, the law of interpretation, civil procedure and arbitration.

Business research topics include: the regulation of transportation, especially aviation; corporate governance; additive manufacturing; and Industry 4.0.

  • Straight legal research, involving case law and statute law research (in a Canadian context, but we are familiar with civil code jurisdictions and their operations);
  • Policy research, typically at Canada’s federal level, but also on provincial and  international matters;
  • Contract and legislative drafting/review
  • Representation on private bill and parliamentary committee matters as a parliamentary agent;
  • Collective agreement negotiation and drafting;
  • Writing blog posts;
  • Writing white papers;
  • Reviewing and editing pleadings/litigation documents & preparing same.

Base rates

Patrons are welcome to try our services without subscribing.

Unless an alternative fee arrangement is made in advance, non-subscription rates are:
Research: $75 / hour;
Revision and writing: $0.10 / word.

Subscriptions

Starting

You're building a law practise or business and need to expand your research capacity to promote business development and meet client needs.
$ 450
00
Monthly
  • 5 short research tasks accompanied by a written report.
  • 5 e-mail or telephone exchanges regarding research needs, knowledge management, and business processes.
  • 1 revision of a short text (~5,000 words or less).

Growing

Things are moving along nicely, and you need additional support as you plan your next moves.
$ 800
00
Monthly
  • Unlimited short research tasks accompanied by a written report.
  • 1 long research task accompanied by a written report.
  • E-mail or telephone exchanges regarding research needs, knowledge management, and business processes.
  • 3 revisions of short texts (~5,000 words or less).
  • Referral service for legal matters and expert-level (i.e., academic & expert) research.
  • Database administration and management, including contract negotiation, and cloud management.

Consolidating

Your law practise or business is rocking! Time to settle into a steady rhythm, bank a little, and enjoy the fruits of your labour.
$ 2000
00
Monthly
  • Unlimited short research tasks accompanied by a written report.
  • 3 long research tasks accompanied by written reports.
  • E-mail or telephone exchanges regarding research needs, knowledge management, and business processes.
  • 5 revisions of short texts (~5,000 words or less).
  • Referral service for legal matters and expert-level (i.e., academic & expert) research.
  • Database administration and management, including contract negotiation, and cloud management.
  • Fact summaries of complex cases (litigation preparation & marshalling evidence).
  • 1 custom summary/guide for industry or company processes, regulations, or knowledge bases.

Operating

You've reached your goals and are working steadily, but need an extra edge to satisfy your clients or compete with other businesses.
$ 4000
00
Monthly
  • Unlimited short research tasks accompanied by a written report.
  • Unlimited long research tasks accompanied by written reports.
  • E-mail or telephone exchanges regarding research needs, knowledge management, and business processes.
  • 10 revisions of short texts (~5,000 words or less).
  • Referral service for legal matters and expert-level (i.e., academic & expert) research.
  • Database administration and management, including contract negotiation, and cloud management.
  • Bespoke digital and/or physical library curation.
  • Fact summaries of complex cases (litigation preparation & marshalling evidence).
  • 1 custom summary/guide for industry or company processes, regulations, or knowledge bases.