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Friday, May 05, 2017 @ 11:02 AM

Dentons adds 15 new Canadian partners among 54 promoted globally

While different offices and regions announce new partners at different times during the year, Dentons has announced that  this year the firm has promoted 54 new partners from its Canada, Europe, Singapore, U.K., Middle East, Africa and U.S. regions. ... [read more]

Friday, May 05, 2017 @ 9:08 AM

Miller Thomson adds associate counsel, two associates

Damien Buntsma has joined Miller Thomson as associate counsel, while Stephanie De Caria and Laura Bambara are new associates with the firm. ... [read more]

Friday, May 05, 2017 @ 9:05 AM

Data suggest a summary judgment culture shift underway

Canadian lawyers, judges, policymakers, and commentators frequently lament the “access to justice crisis” – it takes too long and costs too much for a litigant to resolve a dispute in court. Discussions on this topic typically conclude that reforms are needed to improve the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of our justice system. This problem inspired my research during my graduate studies in law. The study, which will soon be published in the Osgoode Hall Law Journal, was an empirical analysis of all reported summary judgment decisions in Ontario between 2004 and 2015 to explore whether amendments to the rules actually improved the efficiency and affordability of the civil justice system, as was intended. ... [read more]

Friday, May 05, 2017 @ 8:57 AM

Reciprocal insurance exchange raises ethical, access to justice questions | Julius Melnitzer

Whether lawyers have class is open to question. But a select group does have CLLAS. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 04, 2017 @ 3:46 PM

Four judges appointed to Superior Court of Quebec

Minister of Justice Jody Wilson-Raybould on May 4 announced the following appointments under the new judicial application process announced on Oct. 20, 2016. The new process emphasizes transparency, merit and diversity and will continue to ensure the appointment of jurists who meet the highest standards of excellence and integrity. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 04, 2017 @ 12:31 PM

Lerners LLP adds Melamud as litigation associate

Alan Melamud has joined Lerners LLP's Toronto office as an associate in the firm's commercial litigation and defence class actions groups. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 04, 2017 @ 8:35 AM

Perpetual students: child support beyond the first degree

A parent is not required to support an adult child past the point at which the child demonstrates an ability to profit from continued education (Carmichael v. Kiggins, 2010 ABQB 78). The courts’ past reluctance to extend support beyond a child’s first degree has shifted in recent years. Courts have increasingly found that a child pursuing multiple post-secondary degrees is entitled to support. This is due, at least in part, to the fact that many children require something beyond a bachelor’s degree to obtain sustainable employment beyond working at Starbucks. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 03, 2017 @ 11:52 AM

Appeal over damages award for loss of use of a Ferrari dismissed

A Ferrari owner's appeal of a damage award was dismissed last week by the British Columbia Court of Appeal after it determined the trial judge properly considered how the car would have been used by the appellant had it not been detained. ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 02, 2017 @ 10:33 AM

Dentons adds Amsterdam associate

Dentons Boekel has strengthened its public procurement and competition and antitrust practices with the recruitment of Bram Braat as an associate partner. ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 02, 2017 @ 7:11 AM

Contingency fees ensure access to justice

Contingency fees, where lawyers charge a percentage of the damages recovered, are synonymous with access to justice. This fact has been repeated by numerous Courts at all levels. So why are contingency fees recently under attack on numerous fronts, and why would anyone want to restrict access to justice? ... [read more]