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Tuesday, July 14, 2020 @ 9:40 AM

Former LSO treasurer ‘wasn’t interested in leaving behind a pet project with my name on it’ Malcolm Mercer

Former Law Society of Ontario (LSO) treasurer Malcolm Mercer says leaders must remain patient and try to collectively address issues rather than dictating to people as he reflected on his two years as head of the organization which governs lawyers and paralegals in Ontario, a tenure which involved navigating through some choppy waters. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 14, 2020 @ 8:33 AM

Digital assets technology awareness: Opportunities for estate lawyers digital_toolbox_sm

In the previous article in this series, we discussed the recent work-from-home phenomenon and four of the estate planning implications of this. Here are the remaining digital asset issues estate lawyers should be aware of, as well as the opportunities they offer: ... [read more]

Monday, July 13, 2020 @ 2:13 PM

LSO tribunal resumes accepting hard copy materials, but electronic hearings continue

The Law Society of Ontario (LSO) tribunal has begun accepting hard copy materials after physically closing its doors in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, but is noting that hearings will continue to be held electronically for the foreseeable future. ... [read more]

Monday, July 13, 2020 @ 1:58 PM

Clarity on calculating income replacement benefits for self-employed — sort of Dollar sign in life preserver

Income Replacement Benefits (IRBs) are meant to provide those injured in a motor vehicle accident with guaranteed, limited income (subject to meeting the threshold). For many years defence and plaintiff counsel, accountants/chartered business valuators and insurance adjusters have contested the calculation of IRBs for self-employed individuals. ... [read more]

Monday, July 13, 2020 @ 12:32 PM

Unexpected evolution of hybrid hearings Hybridmeeting.jpg

The COVID-19 pandemic forced courts around the world to close their doors and drove a rapid shift to virtual working, with thousands of court hearings taking place via videoconferencing using digital court documents. The result? The world’s largest experiment in digital justice. Now as courts across the country consider how to reopen, a hybrid model is emerging in which courts conduct a mix of virtual and physical hearings. Lessons learned from this huge international experiment will help to shape a secure and sustainable model for future working in the courts. ... [read more]

Monday, July 13, 2020 @ 12:04 PM

McInnes Cooper hires chief strategy and operations officer

McInnes Cooper announced the hire of a chief strategy and operations officer, Roberto Pont, who started with the firm July 6. ... [read more]

Monday, July 13, 2020 @ 11:37 AM

Pensions for all: How law firms can offer defined benefit pension plan | Dawn Marchand

For years, lawyers could only dream of the retirement benefits enjoyed by teachers, union workers and government employees: guaranteed lifetime retirement income courtesy of their defined benefit (DB) pension plans. Most employers in Canada are small to medium sized enterprises that simply don’t have the resources to implement and monitor a retirement arrangement. ... [read more]

Wednesday, July 08, 2020 @ 1:59 PM

Technology: End of the profession or a life raft lifesaver_hand_sm

In the past few years, technology has come a huge way. When you stop to think about it, the fact that many of us were able to continue working when the world locked down is a remarkable feat. Tools that help us to connect easier, to reduce dependencies on physical files, and to automate some aspects of our work have now been well and truly put to the test. There have undoubtedly been some glitches, hiccups and real challenges for us all, but the fact that by and large we were able to work through a pandemic is a huge achievement that we can attribute directly to technology. ... [read more]

Monday, July 06, 2020 @ 1:30 PM

In reflection: Lessons learned from practice | Ayaz Mehdi

Every lawyer can certainly relate to the statement that, “law schools rarely teach students about the business of law and its practical realities.” Three years from my bar call and a journey like no other, I take this opportunity to reflect on the lessons learned and if I could be so bold to part with some wisdom/advice for our future lawyers and for my esteemed colleagues already in the profession. ... [read more]

Friday, July 03, 2020 @ 10:28 AM

General counsel hold moral compass on anti-Black racism | Naveen Mehta

The GC Forum recently facilitated a frank discussion among more than 30 Canadian general counsel on the role of general counsel and chief legal officers in confronting anti-Black racism and anti-racism in their companies. Here are some of the takeaways from our panel. ... [read more]