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Monday, October 05, 2020 @ 3:22 PM

‘What do you mean I can’t get transcripts?’ cassette

Imagine you have just completed a 14-day trial by Zoom on behalf of your client. You did a bang-up job of presenting your case and an even better job of exposing the flaws in opposing counsel’s evidence. Nonetheless, the judge ruled against you. Never mind, that’s what appeals are for. Right? ... [read more]

Monday, October 05, 2020 @ 8:33 AM

The Coach: Where are the profits? Part one | Gary Mitchell

So, you want your practice or firm to become more profitable? I assume that because you are reading this. What I intend to do in this two-part series is to lay out what I believe are some the key elements of becoming more profitable. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 30, 2020 @ 9:29 AM

B.C. law society approves action on paralegals, fee reductions at September bencher meeting Law Society of British Columbia (LSBC) president Craig Ferris

The Law Society of British Columbia (LSBC) faced a full table of issues at its most recent bencher meeting, endorsing a proposal on the role of paralegals and moving to reduce fees for individuals most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 29, 2020 @ 1:08 PM

How to get to winner’s circle: ‘Business side’ of law 2people&trophy

Last month a story circulated in the local news about a Calgary man who sold his home after his divorce. A judge ruled that he was to place the proceeds of this sale in a trust account, to which he abided, and in turn, the firm that handled this endeavour had managed to lose every penny. The owner of the now-defunct firm claims that a paralegal unlawfully stole funds from the general and trust accounts during her tenure, and he has filed a claim against her for misappropriation of funds, breaches of fiduciary duty and contract, and conversion, among other things. ... [read more]

Friday, September 25, 2020 @ 9:37 AM

LSO decision on practice fees sends ‘terrible’ message to profession: bencher Geoff Pollock

The Law Society of Ontario (LSO) benchers have decided to defer a motion to give lawyers and paralegals a cut in the practice fees to help deal with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, a move being called condescending by the lawyer who brought it forward. ... [read more]

Monday, September 21, 2020 @ 2:25 PM

LSO crowd-pleaser fee relief motion the opposite of what’s needed | Jonathan Rosenthal

Let’s say a government were to go rogue and compel you to have a limb amputated. Quick! Which one would you choose? ... [read more]

Monday, September 21, 2020 @ 9:05 AM

Fee reduction proposal ‘reckless,’ LSO finance chair says Joseph Groia

The COVID-19 pandemic has shuttered courthouses and affected the bottom line of legal professionals across the country, and now a bencher at the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) has brought forward a motion to cut practice fees as a means of helping people weather the storm. But the chair of the law society’s audit and finance committee says such a move would be reckless and harm a bottom line already battered by the pandemic. ... [read more]

Friday, September 18, 2020 @ 11:02 AM

LSO fee relief motion a matter of disaster relief for members | Gerard Charette

This Law Society of Ontario (LSO) bencher from Windsor would like to offer a view different from that espoused by Joe Groia in his column of Sept. 16 (LSO budget balance: Support for licensees and public). Unlike Joe, I firmly support bencher Geoff Pollock’s motion to reduce members’ fees by 25 per cent for the upcoming year (the “Fee Relief Motion”). That motion comes before Convocation on Sept. 24. Sadly, a motion to table (defer) bencher Pollock’s Fee Relief Motion might be made without allowing there to be any debate. But in any event, there will be some important points raised. So, please tune in to the LSO’s public access of the Sept. 24 Convocation. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 16, 2020 @ 3:59 PM

COVID-19 forces changes on majority of law practices: Survey Jana Schilder

A new survey of 400 legal professionals across Canada reveals that 67 per cent of those surveyed expect to see, or are currently experiencing, practice-related changes due to COVID-19. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 16, 2020 @ 8:18 AM

LSO budget balance: Support for licensees and public | Joseph Groia

These are difficult times for many members of the legal professions. Like so many others across the province, the country and the globe, lawyers and paralegals have seen COVID-19 have a material impact on their practices. Now is the time for the legal community to come together and work collaboratively to respond to the very real social and financial effects of COVID-19. And, we need to do this in a thoughtful, strategic and disciplined way — resisting reckless responses in direct contrast to the havoc of the pandemic itself. ... [read more]