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Lawyers confused at stance on document review

Yamri Taddese - Monday, March 23, 2015

The Law Society of Upper Canada is investigating lawyers who work for document review companies to ensure what they’re doing isn’t legal work outside of an authorized law firm, but how it’s applying the rules has confused some people.
“Whether document review services constitute legal services depends on the specific nature of the review being done,” said LSUC spokeswoman Susan Tonkin.

“The Law Society Act defines legal services as the application of legal principles and legal judgment.”

The determination depends on several factors, she noted. “As set out on LawPRO’s web site, document reviewers who assess privilege, determine relevance, and identify documents which are beneficial or prejudicial to the client’s or other parties’ legal posit...

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Monday, March 23, 2015

The Law Society of Upper Canada is seeking costs of $400,000 from Harry Kopyto in relation to his unsuccessful bid for a paralegal licence.

Calling it “the longest licensing hearing ever held,” the law society wants Kopyto to shoulder the costs of the 51-day proceeding.

“The 51 days of hearing on the merits were almost all consumed by the candidate’s daily and meritless complaints and attacks on the law society, his disrespectful refusal to comply with the panel’s rulings, and his general lack of respect for the law society’s process,” the law society argued in its cost submission.

“Particularly during the 18 days when he gave direct evidence, the candidate came to the hearing without any notes or any plan for the day. His evidence was rambling, unfocused, and repetitive,” according to the law society.

Following his disbarment in 1989, Kopyto continued to provide paralegal services and, when the Law Society of Upper...

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