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Monday, September 17, 2012


A $1.5-million donation from W. Geoff Beattie and Torys LLP will help Western Law launch a new chair in corporate law.

Western has matched the gift in order to provide $3 million for the new W. Geoff Beattie chair in corporate law. The money will also support the Torys LLP corporate and securities law forum.

“Western Law is extremely grateful for this generous gift which will allow us to recruit or retain an outstanding faculty member in the area of corporate law,” said Western Law dean Iain Scott.

Beattie, president and CEO of the Woodbridge Co. Ltd. and deputy chairman of Thomson Reuters, said he has high hopes for the new chair and forum.

“Great students and faculty come to where other great students and faculty are, and our hope is that the Beattie chair and Torys corporate law forum act as catalysts to build a sustained business law capability in Canada.”


The Advocates’ Society has honoured Toronto lawyer Marlys Edwardh with the Advocates’ Society Medal.

About 300 people gathered to honour Edwardh at a dinner at the Toronto Hilton on Sept. 5.

Edwardh is the third woman to receive the medal. It honours leaders of the bar who have made a significant contribution to the legal profession and the broader community.

Edwardh, who practises at Sack Goldblatt Mitchell LLP, has been counsel in a number of leading constitutional cases and high-profile criminal matters. She has also served as counsel to and before several commissions of inquiry.


Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP is welcoming veteran lawyer Gregory Kane to its ranks in Ottawa.

Kane joins the firm as counsel in its communications law and public policy, government relations, and regulatory affairs practice groups. He had previously been senior partner at Stikeman Elliott LLP.

“Greg has made significant contributions to the legal profession in Canada, and I am delighted to welcome him to our team of talented and hardworking professionals in Ottawa,” said Tom Houston, FMC’s managing partner in Ottawa.

For more than 30 years, Kane has been advising clients in a number of areas, including telecommunications, regulated health care, transportation, federal lobbying, conflicts, and ethics.


The Ontario Securities Commission has named four private firm lawyers to its new exempt market advisory committee.

The lawyers are Julia Dublin, Andrea Johnson of Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP, Michael Smith of Kaye Scholer LLP in New York, and London, England, and Vaughn MacLellan of Wildeboer Dellelce LLP.

The committee will advise OSC staff on regulatory approaches to the capital-raising segment of the exempt market. In particular, it will provide advice on potential new capital-raising prospectus exemptions for business enterprises.

They’re under consideration as part of the OSC’s broadened exempt-market review.


The results of the latest Law Times online poll are in.

Almost 83 per cent of respondents said they’ve known a colleague in the legal profession who has dealt with alcoholism or other addictions.

The survey followed a story in the Sept. 3 edition of Law Times that highlighted some of the factors that may lead to alcoholism and other addictions among lawyers.

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