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OCA rules duty of care issue must go to trial

Alex Robinson - Monday, February 27, 2017

Lawyers say a recent Ontario Court of Appeal decision in a legal malpractice case serves as a reminder that the duty of care lawyers owe to their clients can extend past a limited-scope retainer.
In Meehan v. Good, the court overturned a motion judge’s decision, which had dismissed a claim by a client against his former lawyer, John Cardill.

The plaintiffs — Michael and Anne Meehan among others — had retained Cardill with respect to the assessment of the accounts of another lawyer, who had represented them in a personal injury claim.

The Meehan...


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Monday, February 27, 2017

BARBARA HENDRICKSON JOINS PALLETT VALO LLP IN ASSOCIATION
Barbara Hendrickson has joined Peel Region business law firm Pallett Valo LLP in association.

Hendrickson, who is the CEO and founder of BAX Securities Law, has more than 20 years experience in corporate finance, capital markets and real estate syndication areas.

She has previously worked in large nationwide and international firms and has served as senior legal counsel at the Ontario Securities Commission.

Bobby Sachdeva, Pallett Valo’s managing partner, says Hendrickson brings senior securities and corporate finance experience to the firm.

“We are very pleased to have her join our team,” he said.

Called to the bar in Ontario in 2003, Hendrickson has also been called to the bars of B.C. in 2010, Manitoba in 1986 and Alberta in 1984. She went to law school at the University of Calgary Law School, where she specialized in natural resources law, and she continued her education at the University of Toronto, where...

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