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Tuesday, November 20, 2018 @ 8:43 AM

INTERESTS IN LAND - Positive easements - Rights of way

Appeal by the plaintiff from trial judgment dismissing her action. ... [read more]

Monday, November 19, 2018 @ 12:03 PM

Goldman Sloan Nash & Haber adds three lawyers from Zaldin & Fine

Goldman Sloan Nash & Haber LLP (GSNH) has expanded its Greater Toronto Area team by three lawyers, to become one of the largest commercial real estate groups in Canada. ... [read more]

Monday, November 19, 2018 @ 10:56 AM

Toronto Lawyers Association panel addresses issues, concerns with real estate law

Be vigilant — that was the key message from a conference on real estate law held by the Toronto Lawyers Association Nov. 13. The “Avoiding Liability: What Every Real Estate Lawyer Should Know” panel gave experts in real estate a chance to share some of their concerns and strategies to ensure transactions go smoothly. Panelist Raymond Leclair, vice-president of public affairs with LawPRO, noted real estate issues comprised 34 per cent of total insurance claims from 2007 to 2017, with $238 million in costs. ... [read more]

Monday, November 19, 2018 @ 9:43 AM

The Canadian condo vendor who wasn’t lots&lotsacondos_sm.jpg

A recent Tax Court decision serves as a cautionary tale regarding the obligation to obtain a statutory declaration or affidavit concerning the residence of the vendor and the conveyance of real estate. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 @ 11:22 AM

Recent changes throw a curve at land use dispute mediation realestate_disputes_sm

There has been a considerable increase in the use of mediation to resolve land use disputes in Ontario in recent years. However, recent changes have cast doubt over the continued use of mediation to resolve planning disputes. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 07, 2018 @ 11:02 AM

Three new associates added to Robins Appleby team

Robins Appleby LLP announced that three associates have joined the Toronto firm, Noah Ciglen, Amanda Laren and Joseph Jamil. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 07, 2018 @ 9:01 AM

Alberta decision: Re-serve formal offer or no double cost award formal_offer_sm

It is trite to state that parties who beat their formal offers in Alberta’s courts are entitled to double costs for every step taken after service of the formal offer. However, when a party has served a formal offer and is successful in its summary dismissal application before a master, recent comments from the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench indicate it is incumbent upon that party to re-serve its formal offer in the face of an appeal to secure an entitlement to double costs after the appeal is dismissed. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 06, 2018 @ 5:42 PM - Last Updated: Wednesday, November 07, 2018 @ 11:29 AM

Judicial council says judge was ‘ill-advised’ and violated rules by acting as Lakehead University’s interim law dean Brian Gover

In a decision expected to be challenged in Federal Court, the Canadian Judicial Council (CJC) has decided that Ontario Superior Court Justice Patrick Smith breached his obligations to devote himself solely to his judicial duties, and to stay out of public and potential legal controversy, when he took a leave of absence formally approved by his chief justice to act pro bono as interim dean of Lakehead University’s struggling new law school. ... [read more]

Monday, November 05, 2018 @ 10:51 AM

Access to Justice: Highs and lows of Pro Bono Week | Thomas Cromwell

The last week of October is Pro Bono Week, a global celebration of the pro bono ethic in our profession. Across Canada and around the world, thousands of legal professionals provide their services without cost for the public good. In Canada, where there is a wide and growing gap between the need for legal services and people’s ability to gain access to them, pro bono is a part of the effort necessary to fill that gap. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 01, 2018 @ 9:12 AM

Speculation tax set to shake up B.C. residential landscape house_prices_sm

On Oct. 16, 2018, the B.C. government announced that it had tabled legislation targeting speculation in British Columbia’s housing market. Bill 45, the Budget Measures Implementation (Speculation and Vacancy Tax) Act (the Bill) has undergone a second reading in the legislature and is expected to be passed into law this year. The Bill introduces a new speculation and vacancy tax (SVT) on residential property owners in designated regions of the province, which will be in addition to any municipal levies, such as the City of Vancouver’s empty homes tax. ... [read more]