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Thursday, February 01, 2018 @ 10:37 AM

Multi-corporation fraud decision advances case law on knowing assistance, counsel says Shara Roy sm

The Ontario Court of Appeal has allowed an appeal in a case involving a multi-million dollar real estate fraud it described as a “shell game” that left multiple parties competing for compensation. The decision, counsel says, advances the case law on knowing assistance. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 @ 1:19 PM

McCarthy Tétrault announces 18 new partners

Eighteen new members have been added to the ranks of partnership at McCarthy Tétrault LLP. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 @ 12:33 PM

Manitoba’s new eRegistration for land titles facing ‘mixed reaction’ Jason Bryk

Manitoba real estate lawyers and others who regularly send land title forms to that province’s property registry are about to enter the e-filing era — whether they like it or not. ... [read more]

Friday, January 26, 2018 @ 2:57 PM

Vancouver firm expands to Toronto

Recent changes to its business have created a new name and a new office for the Vancouver firm formerly known as Singleton Urquhart LLP. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 25, 2018 @ 8:53 AM

Enforcement of positive covenants on subsequent owners positive_covenants_sm

Ontario real estate lawyers will be familiar with the seminal case regarding the rule that positive covenants, that is, the obligation to expend money or do some positive act, will not bind subsequent owners despite any provisions in the creating document to the effect that such subsequent owners are bound. ... [read more]

Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 8:25 AM

Aging population protected by SCC proprietary estoppel decision

When children plan for the care of their elderly parents, promises are often made among family members. From time to time, the promises involve one sibling giving up part of their inheritance in exchange for the other caring for their aging parents. These promises often involve ambiguous terms, or are not properly documented and are therefore unenforceable since they do not constitute binding agreements. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 1:16 PM

New leaders and partners at Borden Ladner Gervais

Personnel changes at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (BLG) mean that there are now 19 new partners at the firm and new leaders of one of the firm’s working groups. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 9:50 AM

The dark side of unconditional agreements of purchase and sale unconditional_offer_sm

In the spring of last year we saw an unusual phenomenon in the real estate market; the appearance of agreements of purchase and sale that were unconditional. The market was so hot that real estate agents were advising their vendors to reject all offers that contained conditions because of ability of the vendors to pick and choose amongst multiple offers. In this article I propose to examine the negative impact that the omission of certain common conditions may have upon an ordinary purchaser. ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 3:18 PM

DLA Piper (Canada) names partners

DLA Piper (Canada) LLP has added six new members into the partnership ranks. ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 9:00 AM

A warning from the Divisional Court: call before you pave

On Nov. 30, 2017, the Divisional Court released its decision in Hammer v. Kirkpatrick 2017 ONSC 7150. This case was an appeal from a January 2017 unreported, oral decision of the small claims court, in which the deputy judge dismissed the plaintiffs’ claim in nuisance for damages arising from redirected water flow. ... [read more]