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Thursday, May 27, 2021 @ 1:05 PM

Design professionals and individual liability: Approaches to limiting personal risk Figure stopping domino effect of blocks falling

Mistakes in project design can lead to substantial damages. Design firms responsible for preparing faulty plans are usually held responsible. Occasionally, individual designers employed by an impugned design firm will also be found personally liable. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 26, 2021 @ 2:16 PM

Law firm marketing during a pandemic: Helpful tips and strategies to avoid Person in cellphone attracting people with magnet and target in background

Whether you are on Bay Street or a sole practitioner, COVID-19 has turned the practice of law, and most everything else, on its head. We are working from home when needed. We are adapting. And, while we continue to look forward to a return to (some form of) normalcy, changes impelled by the pandemic are likely here to stay. ... [read more]

Friday, May 21, 2021 @ 2:31 PM

Common sense has left the building | Marcel Strigberger

No kidding; I would never have thought of that. This was my reaction to the recent COVID-19-driven court direction on “Best Practices and Etiquette for Remote Hearings.” It lists over a dozen bulleted trite guidelines on what lawyers are supposed to do and how they should behave on tele/video events. I ask, is this guide really necessary? Are we presuming the pandemic has eradicated common sense in lawyers? ... [read more]

Friday, May 21, 2021 @ 8:15 AM

Riding herd in emerg Cowgirl riding herd

At some point, most of us have worked on group assignments as part of a class, course or program. The idea is to have people work collaboratively, and the outcome is that each team member earns the same grade for the final product. These projects can work out well if everyone is engaged, and each team member delivers their part on time. The key word is “collaborative,” and this is where human nature, attitude and calculation come into play. You often need one group member to ride herd. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 19, 2021 @ 12:19 PM

Access to Justice: When life gives you lemons | Beverley McLachlin

Beverley McLachlin delivered this address to the annual Summit of the Action Committee on Access to Justice in Civil and Family Matters, May 12, 2021. ... [read more]

Friday, May 14, 2021 @ 2:36 PM

Declaiming insurance: From top to bottomry | Marcel Strigberger

As lawyers, many of us exercise our access to justice by either fighting insurance companies or defending them. Sue or defend, we are all connected with insurance by buying it. When did insurance start? ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 12, 2021 @ 10:43 AM

Links between COVID-19, divorce Man and woman facing opposite directions

It goes without saying that the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted many people’s everyday lives. People can no longer meet up with members outside their household, go to clothing stores or eat in restaurants. Some of the pandemic’s effects on people’s day-to-day lives are less obvious though. For example, the COVID-19 pandemic has affected many people’s marriages. More specifically, the pandemic has led to an increased interest in divorce. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 12, 2021 @ 8:54 AM

Work that works: Difficulties new calls face when starting out | Charlene Theodore

You have your law degree … now what? ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 11, 2021 @ 2:56 PM

Ontario Appeal Court stresses need for impartiality of expert evidence Gavin MacKenzie, MacKenzie Barristers

A recent Ontario court decision involving a medical negligence claim emphasizes the need for expert witnesses to remain impartial and independent when giving evidence, says a lawyer. The April 26 Ontario Court of Appeal ruling in Parliament (Litigation guardian of) v. Conley 2021 ONCA 261 involves a mother and father suing two doctors for allegedly mishandling their son’s childhood diagnosis of hydrocephalus — a condition causing an abnormal buildup of fluid in the ventricles of the brain. ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 11, 2021 @ 11:07 AM

New associate for Dutton Brock

Dutton Brock LLP welcomed Gurpreet Farmaha to the Toronto insurance litigation firm as an associate. ... [read more]