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The Friday Brief: Managing Editor’s must-read items from this week

Friday, August 09, 2019 @ 1:26 PM | By Matthew Grace

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Here are my picks for the top stories we published this week.

Longtime Ontario firm Hughes Amys ceases operations
Hughes Amys LLP, a prominent Ontario insurance litigation firm in operation for over 100 years, has closed. According to the firm’s website, Hughes Amys has “ceased operations” and inquiries have been directed to a generic e-mail address. When The Lawyer’s Daily contacted the firm, the chief operating officer, Mary Lavis-Todd, responded but declined to comment on the date and cause of the closure.

‘Five eyes’ nations step up global fight against online sex abuse of children, other cybercrimes
Ministers responsible for the public’s safety in Canada, the U.K., Australia, New Zealand and the U.S. have announced they will finalize next month “voluntary principles” that online platforms and services will be expected to implement as part of stepped-up global efforts to halt the online sexual abuse of children.

Armed Forces prosecutors seek to compel deputy chief military judge to assign judge to try top military judge
The prosecution of Chief Military Judge Mario Dutil took another unusual turn recently as military prosecutors asked the Federal Court to compel Deputy Chief Military Judge Louis-Vincent d’Auteuil to assign a military judge to preside over the court martial — notwithstanding d’Auteuil’s ruling in June that he and his three fellow military judges are all conflicted out, or otherwise unable to preside, over the unprecedented case.

Quebec lawyers struggling with mental health issues: study
More than 40 per cent of Quebec lawyers suffer from psychological distress, with lawyers with less than 10 years of experience more prone to experiencing mental health issues, according to a new study by researchers at the Université de Sherbrooke.

Rewrite needed for Ontario law society exams
In her column, Charlotte Cass writes: “In late July, the Ontario Barrister and Solicitor exam results were released. One year ago, I wrote and miraculously passed both exams. I am now a lawyer. Sure, I am relieved and proud, but most I am resentful about the licensing exam process.”

Matthew Grace is the Managing Editor of The Lawyer’s Daily.