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Monday, March 07, 2022 @ 9:13 AM

LSO barrister, solicitor exams cancelled after content ‘improperly accessed,’ investigation ensues Diana Miles, LSO CEO

On March 5, the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) announced the cancellation of the upcoming barrister and solicitor exams as the regulator received information “which strongly indicates that examination content has been improperly accessed by some candidates, compromising the integrity of the upcoming examination period.” ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 02, 2022 @ 1:54 PM

MLT Aikins names nine partners

Western Canadian firm MLT Aikins started the new year by naming nine lawyers to the position of partner, the law firm stated in press release. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 02, 2022 @ 1:21 PM

Michael Bryant new CEO of Legal Aid BC

On Jan. 17, Michael Bryant started in his new role as the chief executive officer of Legal Aid BC (LABC). The organization’s board of directors made the appointment following a competitive national search. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 02, 2022 @ 10:04 AM

Lesson from appeal decision: Don’t play games with financial disclosure Man with financial documents in clear fishbowl

In an era where many families engage in legitimate complicated tax and estate planning, the Ontario Court of Appeal has once again highlighted that a separating spouse’s obligation to provide complete and understandable financial disclosure is not a game of hide and seek. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 01, 2022 @ 2:01 PM

Blakes promotes 21 to partner

Blakes has promoted 21 lawyers to partnership. These lawyers, according to a press release from the company, “build on the Firm’s strength in 11 practice areas across our five Canadian offices.” ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 01, 2022 @ 10:00 AM

Ontario judicial appointments: Francophones not welcome | Agnès Whitfield

For francophone litigants in Ontario, one of the major obstacles to an equitable access to justice in French has been for decades and remains the shortage of bilingual judges. One recent example: in March 2021, the Ontario Court of Justice replaced a francophone judge in Algoma, a district with a significant francophone population, by a unilingual anglophone judge, depriving francophone litigants of their right to be heard rapidly in French. ... [read more]

Monday, February 28, 2022 @ 12:44 PM

Phone call by Alberta justice minister attempt to interfere with administration of justice: inquiry Kaycee Madu

Kaycee Madu is out as Alberta’s justice minister after an investigation by a Court of Queen’s Bench justice concluded that he attempted to interfere with the administration of justice by making a phone call to Edmonton’s police chief after receiving a ticket for distracted driving. ... [read more]

Friday, February 25, 2022 @ 11:48 AM

Ottawa provides more detail on sanctions against Russia, immigration assistance for Ukraine

Ottawa has unveiled the names of 62 individuals and entities that are now subject to dealings prohibitions or other restrictions in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, as well as providing more detail on the special immigration measures it is implementing to assist people affected by the Russian attack. ... [read more]

Friday, February 25, 2022 @ 9:06 AM

Best lawyers, best writers: How to be both, part two Darts in bullseye on books and laptop

As we pointed out in the first article in this series, a lawyer can have all the legal knowledge in the world, but if they can’t marshal the words to convey that knowledge, they and their work are the lesser for it. Here are more tips on how good writing makes for good lawyers. ... [read more]

Thursday, February 24, 2022 @ 5:09 PM

Canada hits Russian trade, banks, oligarchs with sanctions for illegal Ukraine attacks Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

In an effort to pressure Russian President Vladimir Putin to halt his country’s Ukraine invasion, Ottawa has cancelled hundreds of export permits to Russia impacting $700 million in goods, while also issuing other economic sanctions targeting Russian trade, banks, oligarchs and politicians. ... [read more]