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Monday, June 04, 2018 @ 8:49 AM

Outgoing treasurer Schabas oversaw ‘shift in thinking’ at Law Society of Ontario Paul Schabas sm

Change has been the name of the game at the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) over the past two years as Paul Schabas has led the organization through complicated, and often public, challenges. This month the law society will have to prepare for another change as Schabas leaves his position as treasurer on June 28 and a new leader takes his place. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 31, 2018 @ 3:08 PM

Alternatives abound for earning continuing professional development credits Emily Atkinson

Lawyers in provinces that require participation in formal continuing professional development (CPD) programs often have more options than they realize when it comes to when and how they meet their requirements. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 31, 2018 @ 8:39 AM

Why you should avoid acting for family and friends zipper_mouth_sm

Lawyers, like anyone, want to help family and friends, but doing so is risky. Because such relationships are informal by nature, acting for them may default to long established informal behaviours. This can mean cutting corners such as failing to obtain consents or instructions, and failing to document communication. Family and friends can unexpectedly become the most difficult clients. ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 29, 2018 @ 9:27 AM

Blakes study breaks down Canadian private equity numbers Kurt Sarno

Feeling that there was a complete lack of market data about private equity deals in Canada, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP decided to rectify the situation by conducting its own market study. For the Canadian Private Equity Deal Study, the team at Blakes looked at more than 100 transactions signed between 2014 and 2017 among unrelated parties that the firm had been involved with as lead or Canadian counsel. ... [read more]

Monday, May 28, 2018 @ 1:13 PM

Lawyer licensing report raises access to justice issues at LSO Convocation Jaqueline Horvat sm

Changes to lawyer licensing brought up a number of issues at the Law Society of Ontario’s (LSO) May Convocation, including the cost of post-secondary education, access to justice, socioeconomic diversity in the profession and the importance of the Programme de pratique du droit (PPD). ... [read more]

Monday, May 28, 2018 @ 9:30 AM

Law Society of Ontario commits to improving regulatory, hearing processes for Indigenous peoples Dianne Corbiere sm

The Law Society of Ontario (LSO) has approved a series of recommendations to reform the regulatory and hearing processes impacting Indigenous peoples in an effort to enhance cultural competency across the profession. ... [read more]

Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 9:26 AM

Norton Rose Fulbright turns to chatbot to talk about privacy, online security Ryan Berger

An Australian creation has been adapted to talk about European laws and will soon be the foundation for service that gives advice about Canadian privacy breaches. “Parker” is the name of an artificial intelligence-driven chatbot that was developed by Norton Rose Fulbright. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 24, 2018 @ 9:28 AM

Leadership needed now more than ever, Canada’s top female military officer tells legal professionals Bronwen Evans, True Patriot Love Foundation, Lt.-Gen. Christine Whitecross and Claire Kennedy, Bennett Jones LLP

Lt.-Gen. Christine Whitecross knows about assessing risk. While she and her security team were deployed in Afghanistan, she was tasked with meeting members of an Afghan training facility in a valley. The Taliban knew she was in the area and told the training facility not to let her in when she arrived. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 2:22 PM

Criminal and youth lawyers worried about new Toronto ‘mega’ court Courthouse

A new courthouse being built in downtown Toronto is raising concerns in the legal community, and is especially troubling to defence lawyers and young offender advocates. The facility, which will be located at 11 Centre Avenue — a site owned by the province and located just to the north of Toronto City Hall — has a price tag of approximately $956.4 million and is being developed to be a “mega” court. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 11:52 AM

Law Society of Ontario releases long-awaited lawyer licensing report Peter Wardle sm

The Law Society of Ontario’s (LSO) professional development and competence committee has been reviewing the lawyer licensing process since 2016 and a report on its recommendations will be presented to Convocation on May 24. ... [read more]