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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

Lawyers applaud new referral fees, ad rules

Not applicable ... [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]

Thursday, March 16, 2017 @ 8:53 AM

Law Society should leave referral fees alone | Darryl Singer

You would think from all the media hype and law society pronouncements, that the concept of referral fees among lawyers was a bad thing that harmed innocent clients. In fact, the reverse is true. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 @ 12:46 PM

Private member’s bill looks to cap lawyers' contingency fees

A private member’s bill seeks to put a limit on Ontario lawyers’ contingency fees. ... [read more]

Monday, March 13, 2017 @ 3:27 PM

B.C. court determines allocation of fault in commercial host liability claim

In Widdowson v. Rockwell, the Supreme Court of British Columbia found that a man convicted of drunk driving and the pub that served him are jointly and severally liable for the accident that resulted in the plaintiff, Stuart Widdowson, suffering extreme injuries including brain damage. ... [read more]

Friday, March 10, 2017 @ 8:51 AM

Drawing the fine line between zealous advocacy and incivility

Like American politics, the legal profession has suffered a decline in civility. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 09, 2017 @ 8:36 AM

How the courts hold expert witnesses' feet to the fire

In an adversarial environment, lawyers on both sides will endeavour to put their best foot forward on behalf of their clients. However, experts are always expected to provide the court with unbiased, non-partisan opinion evidence. Recent judicial decisions have helped identify situations of bias and helped to clarify circumstances when the court may choose to include or exclude an expert’s evidence. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 07, 2017 @ 12:02 AM

Rethink the billable hour to give middle class access to justice | Julius Melnitzer

The best thing the legal profession’s regulators could do to ensure access to justice for the middle class is to ban hourly billing — or at least mandate some sense into its use. ... [read more]