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Friday, October 04, 2019 @ 11:30 AM

Succession planning: The elephant in the law firm | Stephen Binder

I have been working with lawyers and law firms for a good part of my four and a half decades as an accountant and strategic adviser, and I can say this with some confidence: lawyers aren’t quite like everybody else, at least when it comes to the issue of retirement. While the rest of the world dreams of kicking back and relaxing after a lifetime of work, many lawyers — especially those who have risen to the upper echelons of their firms — seem terrified at the prospect of not coming to the office. In fact, one recent survey suggests that nearly four out of five senior partners never want to retire. ... [read more]

Friday, October 04, 2019 @ 11:16 AM

Genetic fairness appeal addresses core moral values worthy of protection Bluebodyscience1.jpg

Compelled genetic testing and compelled disclosure of genetic information are socially undesirable evils. ... [read more]

Friday, October 04, 2019 @ 8:41 AM

In Uber case, arbitration organizations failed the test arbitration_international_sm

On Sept. 16, 2019, aspiring interveners in the Uber v. Heller 2019 ONCA 1 appeal in the Supreme Court of Canada (the Uber case) filed their motions for leave to intervene. The submissions filed by several arbitration organizations make for rather depressing reading. With one or two notable exceptions, what they support is the notion that even when there is a direct conflict between arbitration and access to justice, arbitration must win. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 03, 2019 @ 12:16 PM

Context: An alternative to anti-SLAPP legislation public_debate_sm

How to deal with so-called strategic lawsuits against public participation (SLAPPs) has been an issue of contention across Canada. Some provinces have adopted legislation to deal with the issue that permits defendants to move to have actions dismissed at an early stage on the basis they are SLAPPs. Actual empirical, as opposed to anecdotal, evidence of the extent to which SLAPPs are a problem does not exist, nor is there empirical evidence on the extent to which legislation is the answer. A recent B.C. case points to another effective method for dealing with alleged SLAPPs. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 03, 2019 @ 11:14 AM

First wave of amendments to Canada Labour Code Canadianflag

An unprecedented overhaul of the Canada Labour Code has been implemented just in time for October’s federal election campaign. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 03, 2019 @ 11:03 AM

KPMG Law names senior partner

KPMG in Canada announced that Justin Kutyan has been appointed senior partner of KPMG Law LLP. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 02, 2019 @ 2:25 PM

After NAFTA won’t be found in Washington, Ottawa canada_u.s._trade_sm

As Canada and the United States wrap up more than two years of work on the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA), one pressing question remains for the cross-border business community — what can we expect after NAFTA? The answer rests not in Washington, D.C., or Ottawa, but in state and provincial capitals throughout North America. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 02, 2019 @ 12:47 PM

Bennett Jones adds Toronto partner

Bennett Jones announced that Gordon McKenna has joined the firm as a partner in the Toronto office. His practice focuses on a wide range of capital markets and business law matters, including corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and corporate governance. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 02, 2019 @ 12:46 PM

New private equity partner for Torys in Montreal

Torys announced that Guillaume Lavoie is joining the firm’s Montreal office as a partner in its private equity practice. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 02, 2019 @ 12:45 PM

Five new associates at WeirFoulds

WeirFoulds LLP announced that five associates have joined the firm: Alexandra DiCenzo, Elinor Izmaylov, Vipal Jain, Jonathan Lee and Claire McNevin. ... [read more]