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Thursday, August 22, 2019 @ 1:00 PM

Law society aims to save role of paralegals, law students and articling students post-Bill C-75 Malcolm_Mercer_sm

At its next Convocation, the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) will vote on regulatory changes for its paralegals, law students and articling students in a bid to keep non-lawyer agents in play when new federal rules come into force barring them from acting in summary offence cases. ... [read more]

Tuesday, August 20, 2019 @ 8:43 AM

Fine balance needed by courts in third-party litigation funding darkfacebehinddollars_sm

The first time that third-party funding was approved for an Ontario class action was Dugal v. Manulife Financial Corp. [2011] O.J. No. 1239. Justice George Strathy took a deep look at the nature of class actions and decided to approve it. Several years later, Justice Paul Perell has taken the court’s supervision of the process one step further. Previously, the view was that the judge could either approve the litigation funding agreement or not. In Houle v. St. Jude Medical Inc., 2017 ONSC 5129, Justice Perell took the innovative step of directing the plaintiff and its funder to make specific changes to the funding agreement. ... [read more]

Monday, August 19, 2019 @ 3:18 PM

Internationally trained lawyers should tap into networking, social media, advises panel (L-R) Melissa Chan, Luis Chacin, Kim Gale, Richa Sandill sm

Networking through events and social media is key for internationally trained lawyers as they find articling positions or jobs in a city far from where they studied. The importance of joining associations and networking effectively was highlighted by a panel of internationally trained lawyers speaking about the role of National Committee on Accreditation (NCA) candidates in creating a diverse and inclusive profession. ... [read more]

Friday, August 09, 2019 @ 11:35 AM

LSO reduces number of committees, extends appointments of former benchers on tribunal Malcolm Mercer sm

Law Society of Ontario (LSO) benchers met on Aug. 8 to determine appointments to the organization’s various committees, unanimously deciding to limit the number of committees. They also decided that former benchers Raj Anand, Christopher Bredt, Barbara Murchie and Peter Wardle’s appointments to the Hearing and Appeal Divisions of the Law Society Tribunal should be extended to May 28, 2021. ... [read more]

Friday, August 09, 2019 @ 9:46 AM

Wellness: Law Society of Ontario doesn’t ‘get’ mental health | Darryl Singer

The recent Law Society Tribunal decisions in the cases of Brown, Stewart and Bagnall reveal that despite all of the LSO’s talk about mental health, they simply still don’t get it. ... [read more]

Thursday, August 08, 2019 @ 1:45 PM

Da Silva’s departure from LSO Convocation not confirmed Orlando Da Silva sm

Law Society of Ontario (LSO) bencher Orlando Da Silva may not have to step down from his position at Convocation, as he told The Lawyer’s Daily that the Office of the Integrity Commissioner has yet to make its final decision on whether his appointment with the Administrative Tribunal Support Service of Canada is a conflict of interest. ... [read more]

Thursday, August 08, 2019 @ 10:53 AM

Alberta law society warns about scam misrepresenting law firm R. Brent Carlyle, Carlyle Law

An Alberta lawyer is warning the public to be diligent after a fake firm using his name and address sent out letters and e-mails to people claiming to represent the estate of a long-lost relative. ... [read more]

Thursday, August 08, 2019 @ 9:25 AM - Last Updated: Thursday, August 08, 2019 @ 12:56 PM

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.  ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 07, 2019 @ 9:52 AM

Quebec lawyers struggling with mental health issues: study Nathalie Cadieux

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. ... [read more]

Friday, August 02, 2019 @ 8:27 AM

In-house counsel should lead charge against legal aid cuts | Julius Melnitzer

The deafening silence from in-house counsel and their professional associations about the Ford government’s $130 million in cuts to Legal Aid Ontario is nothing less than shameful. ... [read more]