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Diamond & Diamond refutes ‘full frontal assault’

Shannon Kari - Monday, August 24, 2015

An Ontario Superior Court judge is urging the Law Society of Upper Canada to provide more clarity about the rules for lawyers practising independently yet also in association under a common business name.
The suggestion came out of a motion heard on Aug. 17 related to the business structure of Diamond & Diamond Personal Injury Lawyers, a high-profile firm based in Toronto.

Justice James Diamond (no relation to the law firm) stated that the law society might “revisit” its decision not to provide some guidance on the questions raised in the motion before the court.

Aviva Canada Inc. invoked a section of Rule 21 of the Rules of Civil Procedure in asking the court to determine a question of law in an ongoing automobile accident-relate...

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Monday, August 24, 2015

The provincial government has appointed two new judges to the Ontario Court of Justice.

The new judges, whose appointments are effective Aug. 26, will preside in Kitchener, Ont.

The first is Craig Parry, who was called to the bar in 1998 and has been a sole practitioner in Kitchener for 13 years. A director of the Criminal Lawyers’ Association for the Waterloo Region since 2008, Parry primarily practised criminal law but also dealt with family and civil matters.

Also appointed to the bench is Melanie Sopinka, who has been an assistant Crown attorney for the last 14 years. Before joining the Ministry of the Attorney General, she served as litigation counsel at the Ontario Securities Commission.

A few lawyers are among those recognized by Out on Bay Street as part of its Leaders to be Proud of Awards.

The awards recognize achievements or service in Canada’s...

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