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Quebec court treads carefully when considering disqualifying a law firm

Friday, November 10, 2017 @ 9:43 AM | By Daniel Urbas

A multidisciplinary law firm in Quebec was disqualified from a case due to the likelihood that one of its non-lawyer members, a notary, would be called upon to testify at the trial. The judge’s reasons in Coiffure Mégantic inc. v. Atelier Coiffure 2017 QCCS 4395 provide a thorough review of the complex rules applicable to motions to disqualify lawyers.

The defendants applied to Superior Court of Quebec Justice Line Samoisette under Article 193 of the Code of Civil Procedure (the Code).

Article 193 states: “On a...