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Thursday, March 31, 2022 @ 9:05 AM

Law Society Tribunal decision provides ‘lessons’ profession ‘should take to heart,’ lawyer says Gavin MacKenzie, MacKenzie Barristers

The Law Society Tribunal has suspended a lawyer and ordered him to pay $54,000 in costs to the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) for engaging in “both professional misconduct and conduct unbecoming” of a lawyer after he acted as counsel for his mother in signing a marriage contract and for falsely signing two affidavits. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 30, 2022 @ 11:19 AM

Anti-money laundering for Canadian lawyers: Is self-regulation enough? illustration of man washing money

Legal professionals can play a critical part in fighting money laundering, terrorist financing (ML/TF) and corruption in Canada, but they are at risk of being used by money launderers to assist with their activities, primarily due to the nature of services offered by them. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 30, 2022 @ 11:10 AM

Shall we shake? | Joan Rataic-Lang

Have you heard about the in-person gatherings where wristbands worn by attendees identify how comfortable they are with physical interaction? The wristband colour indicates hug, shake hands or keep your distance. Humans need food, water and a good night’s sleep to survive, but to thrive we need more than that. We are social beings; we cannot live in isolation without harm to our persons. As the mask mandates and other COVID-19-related rules change, people are starting to gather again, and lawyers are networking. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 29, 2022 @ 2:11 PM

Saying goodbye to sanctioned litigation clients: Not so easy Map of Russian with line though it

Litigation lawyers who are concerned about the “reputational risk” of continuing to represent sanctioned Russian (or other) clients in litigation may find that ceasing to represent them is not as easy as they might wish. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 29, 2022 @ 11:19 AM

Ontario Court of Appeal grants appeal of plaintiff in lawyer negligence case

Plaintiffs were not time-barred by the Limitations Act in pursuing a summary judgment claim against their former lawyers for negligent preparation of documents, the Ontario Court of Appeal has ruled. ... [read more]

Friday, March 25, 2022 @ 10:11 AM

Lawyers who offer limited legal services | Jo-Anne Stark

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Tuesday, March 22, 2022 @ 12:02 PM

Law Society of Ontario to hold in-person awards May 25

Members of Ontario’s legal professions will be recognized for their outstanding career achievements and contributions to their communities at the annual Law Society Awards ceremony, which will be held on May 25, 2022. ... [read more]

Friday, March 18, 2022 @ 9:04 AM

Tips on the art of virtual meetings Comuter screen on desk with online meeting participants

Advancements in technology can, and usually do, improve efficiencies in operations in virtually any office or industry. The legal industry often seems like the last to jump on the technology bandwagon. It may be a function of due diligence: ensuring that the technology is safe, secure and a worthwhile expense in terms of cost vs. efficiency. It may be a function of how many of us are dinosaurs and stuck in our old ways, unwilling to embrace new technology because the old way works just fine. It may be a combination of both. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 16, 2022 @ 1:23 PM

The move back to live courts: What’s the rush? | Gary Joseph

I have never written to be popular. Those of you who know me can confirm that I say what I think and accept the consequences. So here goes. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 15, 2022 @ 9:32 AM

Bennett Jones promotes 12 to partner

Bennett Jones announced that 12 lawyers have been admitted to the partnership.  ... [read more]