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Monday, November 04, 2019 @ 12:06 PM

Interveners in SCC Uber appeal offer minimal intervention solutions | Barry Leon

On Nov. 6 when the Supreme Court of Canada hears the appeal in Uber v. Heller 2019 ONCA 1, some 18 interveners will be on hand to assist the court. ... [read more]

Friday, November 01, 2019 @ 11:15 AM

In-house legal at pivot point of innovation leading_innovation_sm

A recent Altman Weil study found that the number one reason firms weren’t doing more to change the way the way they deliver legal services is because clients weren’t asking. Yes, a law firm not proactively improving client services has poor business strategy; but that is pretty rare. The problem of how to improve the delivery of legal services is more complicated than that. What incentives are clients giving for law firms to improve? ... [read more]

Thursday, October 31, 2019 @ 1:23 PM

Overview of employee leave entitlements across Canada B&Wcrowds.jpg

This article is the fourth in a series in which we provide a general understanding of the laws and regulations that impact employment and labour in Canada. While every effort has been made to cover developments up to the date of publication, the current status of any legislation should be verified by counsel. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 31, 2019 @ 12:39 PM

Transactional common interest privilege: Not over till it’s over gears_transaction_sm

The chatter on Toronto’s Bay Street is that transactional common interest privilege is settled law in Canada and that its recent near-death experience was put to bed by the Federal Court of Appeal in Iggillis Holdings Inc. v. Canada (National Revenue) 2018 FCA 51. Nothing could be further from the truth. While the decision accepts that transactional common interest privilege is a recognized privilege in some jurisdictions, it fails to address a number of important issues identified by the Federal Court that call into question its very existence. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 31, 2019 @ 9:14 AM

The opioid crisis: High cost to pay Hand pouring out pills

In 2018, B.C. had 1,546 opioid-related deaths, followed by Ontario at 1,473 and Alberta at 833. The numbers average one Canadian opioid-related death every two hours. It’s an epidemic that has received widespread media attention in North America in recent months as a result of the lawsuits that have ensued. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 30, 2019 @ 12:45 PM

Norwich Orders: Getting behind the mask digital_mask_sm

Technology has both lessened and increased people’s ability to stay anonymous in society. Sometimes that anonymity has necessitated the application of old legal and equitable doctrines to new legal problems. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 30, 2019 @ 10:25 AM

Jonathan Batty named Toronto’s new Integrity Commissioner

Toronto city council has appointed Jonathan Batty as Toronto's Integrity Commissioner, effective Nov. 30. Batty takes over the position from Valerie Jepson, who held the role since June 2014.   ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 29, 2019 @ 12:54 PM

Selling tech solutions to key law firm decision makers selling_techsolutions_sm

My presentation was polished and my talking points were front and centre in my mind. I had a new technology solution, a great team behind me and a passion for the legal industry that stemmed from my experience as a former corporate lawyer. I had my pen in-hand ready for the firm to sign up for our service. This was my first meeting with the firm and it went great! ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 29, 2019 @ 12:20 PM

Clément Gascon reflects on 5 years at SCC; says access to justice ‘huge challenge’ for bar, bench TLD Exclusive

Lawyers could face mandatory pro bono obligations if they don’t rise to the “huge challenge” of facilitating civil access to justice for Canadians who can’t afford their services, newly retired Supreme Court of Canada Justice Clément Gascon tells The Lawyer’s Daily. ... [read more]

Monday, October 28, 2019 @ 1:55 PM

International arbitration gets innovative: Cross-border insolvencies arbitration_global_sm

Most of us are familiar with the use of arbitration to resolve international commercial disputes and to resolve claims by foreign investors against host countries under various forms of investor protection treaties. More recently there has been increasing attention on potential innovative uses of arbitration for other forms of disputes, including for climate change and claims by local populations, government bodies and others against foreign controlled natural resource and manufacturing enterprises that are alleged to have caused harm to local populations, including to their environment. ... [read more]