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Monday, September 19, 2022 @ 11:06 AM

Needed: More small-town lawyers | Neha Chugh

It was an average court appearance almost a decade ago, I was in the early stages of my new solo practice in Cornwall, Ont. I had gone to law school and articled in Toronto and spent the first two years of private practice in Ottawa. My spouse’s new job had taken me to Cornwall, nestled between Ottawa and Montreal, on the St. Lawrence River. ... [read more]

Monday, September 19, 2022 @ 9:50 AM

Let’s play Jeopardy: I’ll take ‘Expert in Ottawa’ for $300 | Murray Gottheil

When I practised law in Mississauga, Ont., our fees were cheap compared to the Toronto firms, and kind of expensive compared to firms in places like Guelph, Belleville and Kingston. I occasionally wondered whether my clients might prefer to deal with firms in smaller cities at lower rates. Then I would reassure myself that doing so would be terribly inconvenient for them and that they would rather pay more to deal with me. ... [read more]

Friday, September 16, 2022 @ 4:12 PM

George Strathy: The exit interview TLD Exclusive

Ontario’s former chief justice’s parting words of wisdom to the profession are, by his own admission, not “original,” but nonetheless poignant: “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” “I think, as a profession, we are hard on each other. Yes, we’re adversaries, but it’s one thing to advance the interests of your clients, and it’s another to be hard on your opponent,” explained George Strathy in an exclusive interview with The Lawyer’s Daily. ... [read more]

Friday, September 16, 2022 @ 12:41 PM

Three new hires at Stevenson Whelton LLP

Stevenson Whelton LLP announced that Rhoshni Khemraj, Avinaash Laljie and Meaghan Coker have joined the firm as associates. ... [read more]

Friday, September 16, 2022 @ 11:36 AM

Quebec’s chief justices call for modernization of court system Manon Savard

The chief justices of four courts, addressing hundreds of judges and lawyers in person at the Montreal courthouse for the first time since the onset of the pandemic, broadly outlined their priorities and concerns at Quebec’s opening of the courts ceremony, from the promise and pitfalls of technology to modernize the justice system to the debilitating impact of chronic underfinancing, to the erosion of decorum in the courtroom and the pernicious effects of disparaging social media comments. ... [read more]

Friday, September 16, 2022 @ 10:33 AM

Deemed enforceability of unenforceable letters of intent Hand signing a contract

In commercial transactions, letters of intent make useful tools in getting a deal started. Parties often draft their own, the impression being that the instrument is non-binding and that lawyers will clean up any ambiguities in the final agreement. However, recent jurisprudence shows courts are not holding back from enforcing the terms held within a letter of intent. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 15, 2022 @ 2:15 PM

Ukraine, Russia and the International Court of Justice, part five World Court

The International Court of Justice must take into consideration the proper construction of, at minimum, Article I, VIII and IX of the Genocide Convention when considering its jurisdiction in the matter of Ukraine v. Russia Court No. 156413. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 15, 2022 @ 10:55 AM

Lessons from Selling Sunset, part three: Workplace relationships Sunset keys

What better way to end our three-part series on employment law lessons learned from watching Netflix’s Selling Sunset than to talk about romantic relationships in the workplace. As always, there are spoilers ahead. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 15, 2022 @ 6:22 AM

COMMERCIAL TENANCIES - Landlord’s remedies - Recovery of rent - Assignment of tenancy

Appeal by the landlord from the dismissal of its summary judgment/summary trial application. The respondent was a tenant in the landlord’s mall under a lease that expired in 2024. The tenant closed its store in the mall in June 2019 and stopped paying rent in April 2020. In July 2020, the landlord filed a Notice of Civil Claim for unpaid rent. Then, in October 2020, the landlord brought an application for summary judgment or, alternatively, judgment by summary trial. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 14, 2022 @ 5:13 PM

[ Legal Wire ] - Decision on taxation of university-owned rental complex reasonable: Alberta Court of Appeal

The Court of Appeal for Alberta has dealt a blow to the University of Alberta in its attempts to receive the benefit of a City of Edmonton program which reduces property taxes for rental condominiums. ... [read more]