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Monday, January 13, 2020 @ 11:05 AM

Three new partners for Bereskin & Parr

Bereskin & Parr LLP announced that Joanna Ma, Reshika Dhir and Wynnie Chan have been admitted to the partnership. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 09, 2020 @ 11:58 AM

Role of secret surveillance in workplace Hi tech video

The most frequent use of secret surveillance is when an employee is off work and collecting benefits due to an injury, and the employer or the insurer has reason to suspect that the employee is exaggerating. The employer will sometimes hire a private investigator, who will follow the injured worker around and take secret videos.   ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 08, 2020 @ 11:27 AM

Thinking like a startup: Why law firms should hire entrepreneurs-in-residence | Ashley Greene

With the increasing industrialization of law, thinking more like a startup can be helpful for firms looking to keep up with and get out ahead of market changes. While the overall outlook for growth in the Canadian legal industry remains positive for the next four years according to IBIS World’s industry analysis, the data also points to firms feeling the symptoms of the growing commoditization and disaggregation of legal services through increasingly constrained revenue growth. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 08, 2020 @ 9:13 AM

Norton Rose promotes 14 lawyers in Canada to partner

Global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright announced the promotion of 14 lawyers in Canada (53 worldwide) to partner, effective Jan. 1, 2020. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 08, 2020 @ 9:10 AM

DLA Piper welcomes three to partnership

DLA Piper (Canada) LLP announced that Jennifer Arndt, Bentley Gaikis and Rebecca von Rüti have been admitted to the partnership, effective Jan. 1, 2020. ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 07, 2020 @ 2:12 PM

Bosses who spy on you Eyes&Venetianblinds.jpg

There was a grim news report out of Switzerland last year about a scandal involving a major bank. The Credit Suisse bank was spying on one of its executives. The fallout from this included the firing of the bank’s chief operating officer. It may have contributed to the suicide of another individual who was involved. ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 07, 2020 @ 11:32 AM

Gowling WLG adds IP partner

Gowling WLG announced that Ron Dimock has joined the partnership. He will work with its global intellectual property (IP) group, effective Jan. 1, 2020. He will be based in the Toronto office. ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 07, 2020 @ 8:53 AM

Smart & Biggar adds three partners, promotes counsel

Smart & Biggar LLP and Smart & Biggar IP Agency Co. announced that Graham Hood, Lei Liu and Patrick Roszell have been admitted to the partnership. In addition, Lynn Ing has been promoted to counsel. ... [read more]

Monday, January 06, 2020 @ 2:42 PM

Multiple masters: A modern lawyer’s dilemma | Gary Joseph

The website for the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) states that it exists to govern the legal profession in the public interest. LSO governs its members through the Rules of Professional Conduct (the Rules). Professional standards for lawyers are governed by these regulatory codes but also by legal standards determined and imposed by the courts and by statute. The distinction between regulatory and court-imposed standards are often theoretical but at times not. The most recent example of where these standards may conflict can be found in the now resolved dispute between lawyer Joseph Groia and the LSO. ... [read more]

Friday, December 20, 2019 @ 3:01 PM

What to use vs. how to treat: Important distinction for patentability of health care inventions Medical man

Canada has a long-standing prohibition against granting patents for inventions that are “methods of medical treatment.” A decision of the Patent Appeal Board (PAB) issued earlier this year provides some clarity on when an invention will be considered a method of medical treatment and when it will be considered patentable subject matter. ... [read more]