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Friday, May 27, 2022 @ 9:23 AM

Mediation in age of Zoom: Is there any going back? | Richard Worsfold

A recent practice direction from the Superior Court of Ontario provides that mediations and discoveries in civil actions are to be held in person, unless the parties agree to a virtual attendance or the court orders otherwise. The thinking from the court seems to be that in-person mediations are more effective and that we should be returning to them as the dangers of in-person contact have receded. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 26, 2022 @ 4:23 PM - Last Updated: Thursday, May 26, 2022 @ 4:27 PM

LSO debates need for professional name reader, mailing of certificates at call to bar ceremonies Atrisha Lewis, LSO bencher

The Law Society of Ontario (LSO) grappled with two motions relating to operational changes to modernize the upcoming call to the bar ceremonies by having a professional name reader call the names of new licensees and by having certificates mailed out instead of issued in person during the call. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 25, 2022 @ 2:47 PM

Artificial intelligence used properly in law Robot at work

Artificial intelligence (AI) and technology can be a boon to the legal profession, but care must be taken to ensure it is being used correctly and in the right circumstances. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 25, 2022 @ 2:39 PM

Law Society of Ontario takes legal action in exam cheating investigation Diana Miles, Law Society of Ontario CEO

The Law Society of Ontario (LSO) is taking legal action against NCA Exam Guru and its principal, Aamer Chaudhry, as part of an ongoing investigation into alleged cheating on the barrister and solicitor exams. “The law society is committed to protecting the public interest and actively responding to conduct that threatens the integrity of the licensing process and the professions. As regulator, we will take strong action against alleged wrongdoers,” said Diana Miles, the LSO’s chief executive officer, in a statement issued May 25. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 25, 2022 @ 1:58 PM

Birth of the metaverse: Practical actions for estate lawyers Digital hand juggling virutal objects

In part three of this series, we looked at examples of new digital experiences in the metaverse. Part four examines how estate lawyers can prepare to meet client expectations. ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 24, 2022 @ 11:41 AM

Group launches Employment Lawyers Association of Ontario

The Employment Lawyers Association of Ontario (ELAO) is one of Ontario’s newest organizations for lawyers, and it is growing very quickly, according to a press release. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 19, 2022 @ 2:08 PM

Firms face $200-million suit for alleged inflation of conveyancing software fees

A class action lawsuit has been brought against two software companies for allegedly conspiring to charge an artificially inflated fee for use of the conveyancing software used in real estate transactions. ... [read more]

Monday, May 16, 2022 @ 11:20 AM

Two LSO benchers to vie for treasurer in June 15 election

The Law Society of Ontario (LSO) announced that at the close of nominations on May 12, Philip Horgan and Jacqueline Horvat have been nominated for the office of treasurer for the 2022-23 term commencing June 28. ... [read more]

Friday, May 13, 2022 @ 5:36 PM

Environmental company’s claim for contempt of judgment over patent infringement is dismissed

An environmental company’s claim that its rival was in contempt of a court judgment after it failed to adhere to an injunction against patent infringement has been dismissed by the Federal Court. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 12, 2022 @ 10:52 AM

To collect or not to collect Canada Pension at 65, that is the question Money Scales

Once you reach a certain age, lawyers contemplating joining the great retirement gravitation have to ask themselves the most existential of all questions, when should I start taking the Canadian Pension Plan? ... [read more]