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Friday, June 04, 2021 @ 1:24 PM

Prepare for CRA audit after Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy benefit Two people analyzing data with calculator and money in background

Businesses that took advantage of government assistance to help them with COVID should make sure they did things correctly. If not, you may face an audit from the Canada Revenue Agency. ... [read more]

Friday, June 04, 2021 @ 8:18 AM

For companies and their boards, the heat is on Dial turned from hot to hotter

The past week we have seen companies, countries and corporate directors ordered to act on climate, by climate activists, shareholder activists and youth activists. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 03, 2021 @ 2:10 PM

Starting law school amid a global pandemic | Amanda Johl

Years from now, when people mention the global pandemic that was first reported in 2019 and impacted so many lives since, I’ll forever associate it with being the time that I embarked on my law school journey. I, along with the other 1L’s of the past academic year, will be able to say that during a time of global uncertainty and chaos, we survived (arguably) the toughest year of law school. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 03, 2021 @ 11:13 AM

How tech advancements are changing law practice, why it must continue A few people in business suits

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced lawyers around the world to speed up the switch to digital, whether in signing legal documents electronically or holding virtual court hearings. Many law firms have been taking steps to improve internal processes, incentivize efficiency and apply new ways of doing business that maximize value. Combined with a growing acceptance of international practices, the pandemic continues to shape the Canadian legal landscape in many ways, including virtual disputes, digital case law and e-discovery, among other areas. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 03, 2021 @ 11:07 AM

The ever-expanding definition of spousal relationships Gold wedding rings on paper

Who would have thought, even 10 years ago, that courts would define a spousal relationship as including couples who occasionally spend the night together, each with their own home? ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 02, 2021 @ 12:22 PM

Five things to consider in a cross-border tax dispute Magnifying glass with glass globe on sheet showing graphs

Clients with internationally sourced net worth can encounter a wide range of cross-border litigation cases pertaining to their assets, reputations and liberties. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 02, 2021 @ 11:57 AM

Interpreting new U.K. financial services bill Brexit Symbols

A significant change to the U.K. landscape is its divorce from the EU, ushering in a new regime, the Financial Services Act 2021 (c. 22) as of April 29, 2021. With a ratified interim post-Brexit free trade agreement, the Canada-United Kingdom Trade Continuity Agreement, entered into force on April 1, 2021, and a more permanent one to come, Canada has strong partnerships with U.K. businesses and law firms to ensure Canadian clients have access. The U.K. Financial Services Act dictates the following changes. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 02, 2021 @ 11:01 AM

Landmark Dutch case creates legal obligation to reduce carbon emissions shellstation

On May 26, 2021, The Hague District Court in the Netherlands ordered Royal Dutch Shell (RDS) to reduce the CO2 emissions of its group of Shell companies (referred to as the Shell Group) by net 45 per cent per in 2030 as compared to 2019 levels. The Shell Group is made up of 1,100 companies that produce, refine and sell oil, gas and other energy products across the world. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 02, 2021 @ 8:54 AM

Surprising reasons why cryptocurrencies are so volatile — we’re looking at you, bitcoin Finger pushing Bitcoin symbol, which sits on a spring

We all know what is certain — death and taxes. But lately, it seems cryptocurrency price volatility is too. Why do cryptocurrencies (or “cryptos” as they are commonly referred to) such as bitcoin and ethereum see massive price changes so quickly? ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 01, 2021 @ 2:11 PM

Globally harmonized medical sales practices: The goal or the gravamen? Part three Medical devices being manufactured

In the last article in this series, we discussed the importance of the medical technologies industry balancing the international commitment towards the continued ethical sale of medical devices, along with the respect for diverse corporate and cultural models in an ever-globalizing series of business relationships. ... [read more]