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Wednesday, May 19, 2021 @ 9:54 AM

Lippes Mathias names new chair of firm

Lippes Mathias announced that it will combine the titles of managing partner and chairman. Kevin Cross, who has served as managing partner since 2015, will now assume both positions for the firm. ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 18, 2021 @ 3:35 PM

Osgoode hosts virtual internationally trained lawyers event on May 27

Osgoode Professional Development announced that it will celebrate internationally trained lawyers among Canada’s legal community at its seventh annual Osgoode’s Internationally Trained Lawyers Day (OITLD) on May 27. This year’s event will be held online. ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 18, 2021 @ 12:51 PM

What they don’t teach you in law school: Value of client reviews and testimonials Two people sitting, standing on laptop with stars in front of screen

There are many lessons to be learned in law school when it comes to practising the law, but what they don’t teach you are the ins and outs of running a business in the digital world. ... [read more]

Monday, May 17, 2021 @ 12:48 PM

Donnelly gets second term as LSO treasurer

The Law Society of Ontario (LSO) will see a familiar face at the head of the benchers’ table over the next year. At the close of nominations for treasurer on May 13, incumbent Teresa Donnelly stood as the only candidate to have her name entered into contention for the position and has been declared elected. ... [read more]

Monday, May 17, 2021 @ 11:22 AM

Access to justice: Coaching vs. lawyering | Jo-Anne Stark

Dear Jo: I have an issue with a tenant who is renting some property I own. They claim that I failed to repair an appliance and that there are now bugs in their place; they are withholding my rent payment. I was served with papers and there is a hearing in three months. I talked to a lawyer but they wanted a large retainer — their hourly rates seemed very high. How can I get some legal help? ... [read more]

Thursday, May 13, 2021 @ 9:50 AM

Manitoba’s law society getting new president Grant Driedger, Smith Neufeld Jodoin LLP

Law Society of Manitoba incoming president Grant Driedger plans to use his time in the role to help bring greater access to justice to the province and guide the profession through challenges caused by the COVID-19 health crisis. Driedger, a civil, administrative and estate lawyer with Smith Neufeld Jodoin LLP, will officially become president at the law society’s next bencher meeting, on May 20. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 12, 2021 @ 9:24 AM

Ontario Court of Appeal upholds Law Society Tribunal decision involving Toronto lawyer

A prominent Toronto personal injury lawyer engaged in a “cat and mouse game” with the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) that was the “antithesis of good faith dealings,” the Ontario Court of Appeal has found in upholding a Law Society Tribunal ruling. ... [read more]

Monday, May 10, 2021 @ 11:14 AM

Recalling employees back to office from remote work? Think constructive dismissal Woman at screen

In a long-awaited employment law ruling, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice on April 27, 2021, held that employees temporarily laid off because of the COVID-19 pandemic can bring civil action for constructive dismissal. ... [read more]

Monday, May 10, 2021 @ 8:42 AM

Legal aid services and estates law Drowning hand reaching for legal aid help

The Legal Aid Services Act (LASA) received royal assent in July 2020 as part of the Smarter and Stronger Justice Act. The LASA is a step forward to modernize the legal aid framework for low-income Ontarians through a shift from a regulatory regime to giving Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) more flexibility to develop and adapt its own rules, policies and services that better serve low-income Ontarians. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 06, 2021 @ 3:06 PM

COVID, parties, manslaughter | Kyla Lee

 A recent case in British Columbia has attracted a lot of attention as a result of comments made by the sentencing judge. ... [read more]