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Friday, March 24, 2017 @ 9:02 AM

Media relations isn't marketing, and that's just the first mistake lawyers make | Julius Melnitzer

When it comes to maximizing the benefits of good media relations, many Canadian law firms haven’t quite got it yet. For those of you who are thinking, “What are you talking about? The profession’s marketing savvy has come a very long way” — you’re making my point. What a lot of law firms still don’t seem to understand is that marketing and media relations are two distinct arts. Lumping them together is akin to shoving an admiralty lawyer and an entertainment lawyer into the same pigeonhole. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 23, 2017 @ 8:00 PM

Parent awarded damages in Quebec discrimination case

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Thursday, March 23, 2017 @ 2:57 PM

B.C. to make resolving small claims disputes easier online Civil Resolution Tribunal

Beginning on June 1, the British Columbia Civil Resolution Tribunal (CRT) will begin to resolve small claims disputes up to $5,000 online. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 23, 2017 @ 10:35 AM

Dentons expands eastern Europe reach with new Tbilisi office

Global law firm Dentons is expanding its presence in Central and Eastern Europe by opening an office in Tbilisi, Georgia. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 @ 3:32 PM

B.C. law groups band together to support Access to Justice Robert Bauman

Over the next three years, the Law Society of British Columbia and the Law Foundation of BC will dedicate $150,000 for a grant to support Access to Justice BC. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 @ 2:04 PM

What Surani decision means for deductions from IRB entitlements

Many insurers and their expert accountants routinely deduct post-accident business income from the IRB entitlements of self-employed insureds irrespective of their inability to return to work. Others take the position that any efforts, no matter how trivial, short of complete disability, are sufficient to qualify income in the ongoing business as fully deductible. Is this reasonable, what does the SABS provide and what is the jurisprudence on the issue? ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 @ 1:50 PM

Chain-reaction accidents: Who pays?

The Ontario Superior Court of Justice has provided clarity as to how the fault attribution rules ought to be applied to loss transfer disputes in chain-reaction motor vehicle accidents. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 @ 9:11 AM

Bonkalo report: Questions about paralegals for family cases | Nicholas Bala

The recently released Family Legal Services Review, authored by retired chief justice Annemarie Bonkalo, offers some sound recommendations addressing concerns related to the growing number of unrepresented family litigants, but also makes controversial proposals for allowing representation by paralegals in family cases. These proposals raise fundamental questions about the different roles of lawyers and paralegals. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 @ 7:48 AM

Women, LGBTQ and beyond: Recent cases of systemic discrimination and harassment in the workplace

Developments south of us have stoked in many a renewed pride in our country’s strong record on human rights, workplace protections, and our vaunted valuing of diversity and inclusion.  Yet, given how many clients seek my advice on discrimination and harassment complaints, this may be a case of pride before the fall. ... [read more]

Monday, March 20, 2017 @ 8:06 AM

Implementing a family law dispute settlement

Once the settlement in a family law dispute has been documented, it needs to be implemented. Where real property is to be transferred or secured, real estate counsel will have to prepare and register the necessary documents and obtain the consent of mortgagees, if required. ... [read more]