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Lawyer convicted in $1.9M gold case

Neil Etienne - Monday, September 28, 2015

In a case that reads like a mystery novel and leaves a number of key questions unanswered, a court has found a Toronto lawyer and two co-accused guilty in a nearly $2-million fraud of the Royal Bank of Canada to purchase unique gold bars.
Where those bars are now remains a mystery, but Ontario Superior Court Justice Alfred O’Marra ruled Sept. 8 that Remy Boghossian, a corporate-commercial lawyer and sole practitioner at Boghossian Legal PC on Don Mills Rd., along with Raffi Ebrekdjian, and Siva Suthakaran were guilty of defrauding the bank of an amount in excess of $5,000. He further found Boghossian and Ebrekdjian guilty of possessing gold bars knowing the property was obtained by the commission of an indictable offence. The court has tenta...

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ABS report: Majority non-lawyer ownership off the table

The debate over alternative business structures may not be over, but for now a working group created to investigate the issue is recommending that non-licensee majority ownership “should not be further examined at this time.”

Guidance on disclosure requirements for search warrants welcomed

The Ontario Court of Appeal has outlined the gatekeeping role of trial judges when determining the admissibility of evidence obtained through search warrants based on confidential informants.

Editorial: Balance struck on ABS

When the Law Society of Upper Canada released the results of the bencher elections this spring, it quickly became clear that the profession hadn’t embraced alternative business structures.

Speaker's Corner: A simple first step to address illegitimate carding

The legitimacy of street checks relies upon the idea that police officers are not targeting specific groups of individuals based upon their race, place of origin, age, colour, ethnic origin or other factors and that people are providing the information to them on a voluntary basis.

Focus: Companies responding to copyright infringement in creative ways

As technology enables copyright infringements on a massive scale, some companies have adopted innovative ways of dealing with them.

Inside Story

Monday, September 28, 2015

Police in Hamilton, Ont., have laid two charges over allegations of $15,000 in overbilling to Legal Aid Ontario.

Charged with fraud over $5,000 and using a forged document is Omar Shabbir Khan, a 44-year-old resident of Stoney Creek, Ont. Police began investigating following a review of invoices by LAO’s audit and compliance unit. The alleged overbillings occurred between 2009 and 2013, police said in a media release on Sept. 17. Police released Khan on a promise to appear with a scheduled court appearance on Oct. 13. None of the allegations has been proven in court.

Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP’s Ottawa office has a new partner with lawyer Martin Masse joining the firm.

Masse’s areas of practice include competition, international trade, and procurement matters. He also serves clients in federal regulatory matters such as aboriginal and telecommunications law.

“Martin is an outstanding addition to our international trade...

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What should the Law Society of Upper Canada do in light of a working group report that recommended against considering majority-share non-lawyer ownership in law firms?
Continue to consider a minority-share option and other less drastic reforms
Abandon the idea of alternative business structures altogether
Keep the option of full non-lawyer ownership on the table