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Tuesday, July 26, 2022 @ 12:24 PM

Plaintiff class action legal fees under microscope of Quebec courts Shaun Finn

A $28-million settlement reached with a Catholic religious order in a sexual abuse class action was rejected by the Quebec Superior Court because of the high legal fees associated with the agreement, the second Quebec class action settlement in the past month whose legal fees have been the subject of a critical assessment. ... [read more]

Monday, July 25, 2022 @ 12:53 PM

WeirFoulds appoints co-managing partners

WeirFoulds LLP announced on July 22 that the partnership has appointed Denise Baker and Wayne Egan as co-managing partners, effective July 1, 2022. Egan has acted as the managing partner since he was appointed to the position in 2018. ... [read more]

Wednesday, July 20, 2022 @ 12:33 PM

Alberta law society says swearing oath to Queen should be optional

The Law Society of Alberta (LSA) is throwing its support behind efforts to amend the requirement to swear an oath of allegiance to the Queen before being admitted to the practice of law. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 19, 2022 @ 9:15 AM

Why are you wasting time reading this drivel? | Murray Gottheil

Back when I was practising law, I considered publications like The Lawyer’s Daily to be an unwelcome but necessary evil. I would skim the headlines and case digests looking for information that I had to know to remain competent. There were many times that I did not even read news about upcoming legislation. I figured that it was a waste of time to focus on things that may never be enacted, and I could just wait until it became law to worry about it. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 19, 2022 @ 9:09 AM

BLG appoints new chair of Partnership Board

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (BLG) announced the appointment of Joel Jones as chair of the Partnership Board. ... [read more]

Friday, July 15, 2022 @ 9:15 AM

I want to be a fire truck | Murray Gottheil

Adults often ask young children what they want to be when they grow up. I knew one child who insisted that he wanted to be a fire truck. Nobody could convince this fellow that he could not be a fire truck. You can be a “firefighter” they told him. But no, he insisted that he wanted to be a fire truck. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 14, 2022 @ 2:20 PM

Wellness: Law society drops ball on mental health | Darryl Singer

The Law Society of Ontario has a capacity stream, a sort of diversion program for lawyers who have committed professional misconduct but did so as a result of a mental health issue. In essence, rather than suffer a suspension or disbarment, the lawyer avoids discipline on the charges and is typically given the opportunity to enter into an undertaking not to practise until he or she is cleared to do by a doctor (and to the satisfaction of the LSO) and is ultimately allowed to return to practice with restrictions and safeguards in place. ... [read more]

Wednesday, July 13, 2022 @ 3:22 PM

B.C. law society bencher meeting creates trust accounting task force, independent tribunal chair

The Law Society of British Columbia (LSBC) has created a task force to look at its trust accounting rules following recommendations from a monumental provincial commission on money laundering. ... [read more]

Wednesday, July 13, 2022 @ 8:31 AM

SCC recognizes complexities of professional discipline | Sara Blake

In the Law Society of Saskatchewan v. Abrametz, 2022 SCC 29, the Supreme Court of Canada allows regulators procedural flexibility to deal effectively with the wide variety of circumstances that warrant disciplinary action and gives deference to their findings of fact on questions of procedural fairness. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 12, 2022 @ 2:48 PM

Benchers botch decision on grandparenting certified specialists | Barry Corbin

When the Law Society of Ontario's Convocation met in late May of this year to consider the report of its Competence Task Force (CTF), the benchers agreed with the CTF’s recommendation that the Certified Specialist Program (CSP) that had been established in 1986 be terminated in September of this year. ... [read more]