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Friday, May 15, 2020 @ 8:43 AM

Avoiding mistakes: How technology can help wills and estates practitioners nails_bent_sm

According to Ontario’s professional liability insurance provider, LawPRO, claims against wills and estates practitioners in Ontario have been on an upswing in the last decade, nearly doubling in frequency. As litigators who often prosecute claims against lawyers accused of negligence, we have observed first hand the types of mistakes that are often made. These mistakes generally stem from a failure to stay informed about the relevant law and/or to adopt and follow best practices when carrying out their duties. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 @ 2:14 PM

Integrity, security key factors for online licensing exams, says LSO exec Priya_Bhatia_sm

The Law Society of Ontario (LSO) is transitioning to an online delivery model for its licensing exams in an effort to assist candidates during the COVID-19 pandemic. The law society acknowledged that social distancing rules may not be altered soon, making an in-person exam challenging. ... [read more]

Friday, May 08, 2020 @ 3:26 PM

LSO moves licensing exams online due to COVID-19

On May 5, the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) announced that the previously cancelled March Solicitor exam will be done online in early June. This move is in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.    ... [read more]

Friday, May 08, 2020 @ 8:34 AM

Building bridges with U.S. colleagues through commonalities, collaboration | Brenda Plowman

There is no question that we are living and working in ever-changing, challenging times. Global events aside, lawyers and their firms can find it difficult to build necessary relationships and alliances with firms in the U.S. In order to work, any affiliation must be built on trust and credibility, perhaps even more so when working across borders. Because cold calls may not open the lines of communication needed for successful partnerships, I have unearthed an effective way to build bridges through commonalities with colleagues. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 07, 2020 @ 2:01 PM

Machine learning speeds up virus coverage insurance reviews robot_reading_sm

A key task for lawyers representing their corporate clients over the next few months will be to review insurance policies for ways in which those clients can recover from their insurers. This means that we can all unfortunately expect to spend a lot more time deeply immersed in those lengthy documents. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 06, 2020 @ 2:07 PM

The Coach: Law firm leadership in uncertain times | Gary Mitchell and Lisa Dawson

What we are going through collectively and on a global scale, we have no precedent for. It’s surreal. It’s big. And it’s impactful. It is unprecedented that such social distancing, layoffs and daily rule and regulatory changes have even taken place. ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 05, 2020 @ 12:57 PM

Equality, diversity requirements for lawyers in Ontario | Amrita Tamber

It has been a slow road, but over the past few years the legal profession has started to make small strides towards greater inclusivity. Although women and minorities comprise a growing number of legal professionals, they still remain significantly under-represented in senior leadership roles. In recent years, the statistics show that 43 per cent of lawyers identified as women and 29 per cent identified as a visible minority. An increase in senior leadership diversity may result in an increase in proportional representation from the top down. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 28, 2020 @ 2:38 PM

B.C. law society issues practice direction for tribunal proceedings

The Law Society of British Columbia (LSBC) has issued a practice direction on how to proceed with tribunal hearings in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. ... [read more]

Monday, April 27, 2020 @ 9:21 AM

Ontario law society CEO says COVID-19 ‘opens all of our eyes’ on how to be more efficient Diana_Miles_sm_3

The Law Society of Ontario (LSO) has implemented a long list of measures in response to COVID-19. From working with justice partners to establishing a will drafting legal service for doctors to providing financial and annual report filing relief measures, the regulator has been changing processes and providing practice directions while working remotely. ... [read more]

Monday, April 27, 2020 @ 8:41 AM

Wellness: My post-COVID hopes for the profession | Darryl Singer

Our profession has and will continue to suffer as a result of the COVID-19 public health crisis. From small boutique firms to large national firms, many have been forced to lay off staff, take on additional debt and forgo partner draws. Solo practitioners, particularly those whose income is dependent on Legal Aid or working clientele and a fully operational court system, have had much of their work dry up. ... [read more]