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Monday, March 22, 2010

LAWYER GIVEN 30 DAYS TO SURRENDER LICENCE

Edmond Patrick Andrade has 30 days to surrender his licence after the Law Society of Upper Canada found he had engaged in professional misconduct.

A disciplinary ruling found Andrade had breached law society rules by failing to be on guard against being duped by unscrupulous clients or others related to certain transactions.

It also found him to have failed to serve his client in a conscientious and diligent manner or to the standard of a competent lawyer.

A panel ruled on Andrade’s case earlier this month. He now has 30 days to surrender his licence.

ANISMAN LOSES APPEAL OVER LIQUOR MARK UP

Philip Anisman, a prominent Toronto securities lawyer who paid $583.17 in liquor markups in 2007 to the Canada Border Services Agency, has lost his bid in court for a refund.

In its ruling, the Federal Court of Appeal decided Anisman could pursue the case in provincial courts against the Liquor Control Board of Ontario. That’s because the CBSA’s authority to collect the markup was under provincial legislation, the Liquor Control Act.

At the time, Anisman was bringing in three bottles of wine valued at $500 each, according to the appeal court ruling.

CANADIAN FIRMS WIN LMA AWARDS

A handful of Canadian firms were winners at this year’s Legal Marketing Association awards announced in Denver.

Bennett Jones LLP won first place for a single ad in the advertising category, while Stikeman Elliott LLP took second place for announcements in becoming the first carbon-neutral national law firm in Canada. Stikemans also received first place for newsletters.

Canada’s biggest firm, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, got second place in the recruiting category for its “exceptional people” campaign. McInnes Cooper also won first place for an advertising campaign.

OJEN EVENT NEXT MONTH

The Ontario Justice Education Network is inviting four Grade 10 civics classes to participate in Active Citizens: Youth Engagement on Social Justice Issues. The half-day event on April 14 will include the exchange of ideas and resources for students wanting to get involved in local social justice issues.

The event is one of OJEN’s Law Week activities celebrating the 28th anniversary of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The workshop will be held between 12 and 3 p.m. at Ryerson University. For more information, see ojen.ca.

HOCKEY EVENT RAISES $40,000

Personal injury lawyers raised almost $40,000 for spinal cord research at the recent Personal Injury Bar Charity Hockey Challenge in Toronto.

Howie Sacks & Henry LLP hosted the event along with several other sponsors at the Westwood Arena on March 3. Eight teams participated in the tournament, with the Neinstein Stars, headed by captain Andy Suboch, winning the championship.

NEW PARTNER AT BLANEY MCMURTRY

Blaney McMurtry LLP is welcoming its newest partner, Marc Kemerer, who has moved his municipal law practice from White Duncan Linton LLP.

Kemerer has acted for a variety of clients, including the Ministry of the Environment, ratepayer groups, large residential developers, and municipalities.  

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