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Monday, June 14, 2021 @ 10:45 AM

Mollusk in a bottle: Paisley snail takes centre stage PaisleySnail

In part one of this article, I wrote about how inspiring the case of M’Alister (or Donoghue) v. Stevenson has been for generations.I also really wanted to look at the case from an animal law lens. I asked my learned friends what they thought about the ginger-soaked snail in Donoghue. ... [read more]

Monday, June 14, 2021 @ 8:52 AM

Elder Abuse Awareness Day: Reducing elder abuse among lonely widowed clients Line drawing of little old lady

In A Biography of Loneliness, published in 2019, author Fay Bound Alberti observed that the loneliness of bereavement is “a great leveller of experience; there is a depth of social and familial isolation linked to widow(er)hood, whether one is princess or pauper.” ... [read more]

Monday, June 14, 2021 @ 8:38 AM

Four paths to more effective mediations | Rafeena Bacchus

The writer Don Miguel Ruiz has a medical degree and was a practising neurosurgeon when a car crash changed the course of his life. He became interested in a greater moral understanding, studied his ancestor’s traditions and became a shaman. His book, The Four Agreements, espouses the Toltec way, which is based on Mesoamerican wisdom. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 10, 2021 @ 10:46 AM

Consistency in communications: Cross your heart and hope to fly Russian dancer

Businesses and service providers usually display statements about service excellence on their sites. Think of companies that sell sports gear, electronics, or barbecues, and of professionals like accountants, lawyers, and HR consultants. They all “offer consistent quality,” “stand behind their product,” “want to understand the client,” “tailor services to each customer’s needs,” and “act as a partner in the client’s success.” Typical values are consistency, accountability, honesty, integrity, and respect. So far so good. However, the reality may be quite different. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 09, 2021 @ 2:15 PM

Why law firms should invest in their lawyers’ health | Rob De Toni

The time for change in the legal industry is now. No longer can law firms ask their lawyers to come to work, put their heads down and pump out huge billable hours just because that’s what the partners did and are still doing. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 08, 2021 @ 9:08 AM

New Brunswick plans changes to contingency fee system

Contingency fees are on the docket at the Law Society of New Brunswick. A preliminary report has recommended several changes to the system now in place — including an increase to the current cap — and consultations with key stakeholders and the public have been completed. ... [read more]

Monday, June 07, 2021 @ 2:13 PM

The third wave lawyer and alternative dispute resolution Young lawyer on couch in virtual negotiation with others

Virtual platform initiated. Enter virtual mediation. Admitted to waiting room. Enable camera. Mute. Unmute. Share screen. Enter digital exhibit. Raise virtual hand. ... [read more]

Monday, June 07, 2021 @ 1:19 PM

Ginger beer, Paisley snails, neighbours PaisleySnail

Do manufacturers of gingery beverages or other consumables have a legal duty of care to their ultimate consumers? Yes. Manufacturers have a duty of care to the ultimate consumer of their products thanks to an unwanted snail who unexpectedly turned up in bottle of ginger beer in Scotland. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 03, 2021 @ 5:49 AM

CROWN - Crown liability for acts of servants

Appeal by John Doe from a trial decision dismissing his claims for sexual abuse suffered by him as an air cadet at the hands of an officer, CM, in his squadron during the early 1970s. CM allegedly sexually assaulted the appellant at an air cadet camp. ... [read more]

Monday, May 31, 2021 @ 5:57 AM

P.E.I. case draws battle lines for next administrative law clash post-Vavilov Jonathan Coady, a partner in the Charlottetown office of Stewart McKelvey

A Prince Edward Island Court of Appeal decision shows how the classification of questions in statutory appeals is emerging as the next battleground in administrative law, according to one of the lawyers involved. ... [read more]