Alex Robinson

Alex Robinson

Alex Robinson is a staff writer for Law Times. He started working for Thomson Reuters in 2016 and his work has appeared in weekly and daily publications across North America. Alex can be reached by email here

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  • OCA clarifies Insurance Act amendments

    The Ontario Court of Appeal has clarified that 2015 amendments to the Insurance Act could apply to actions that were brought forward before changes came into force. In complimenting decisions of two cases heard together on appeal — El-Khodr v. Lackie and Cobb v. Long Estate — the court found that a new prejudgment interest rate applied to actions brought over motor vehicle accidents that predated the legislation.
  • Convocation nixes ‘Upper Canada’ in LSUC

    Some lawyers say changing the name of the Law Society of Upper Canada is just a distraction from the real work that needs to be done in order to address barriers to access to justice. The law society’s governing body, Convocation, voted to discard “Upper Canada” from the regulator’s name at its September meeting. Benchers will consider a new name in November.
  • Entity regulation encouraged to boost diversity

    To really address barriers faced by racialized licensees, some lawyers say the Law Society of Upper Canada needs to implement entity regulation to significantly boost diversity in the legal profession. The law society is rolling out a first round of recommendations approved by Convocation in December 2016 to battle the barriers faced by racialized licensees.
  • OCA rules on amicus rates

    In a case that could eventually have implications for whether amicus curiae can be appointed in family law matters, the Ontario Court of Appeal has ruled that the attorney general is not obligated to negotiate payment for amicus above legal aid rates. In Morwald-Benevides v. Benevides, the attorney general appealed the appointment of amici in a family law matter involving a “toxic” custody dispute.
  • New bail policy coming for Crowns

    While new bail policies are on the horizon for Ontario’s Crown attorneys, criminal defence lawyers say the bail process needs an entire cultural shift. At an opening of the courts ceremony in downtown Toronto in early September, Attorney General Yasir Naqvi told judges and prominent members of the bar that his ministry will soon unveil a new set of bail policies and procedures for Crown attorneys.
  • Court dismisses leave application in IME case

    The Ontario Court of Appeal has confirmed that employers can require employees to submit to an independent medical examination by a doctor of their choosing in certain circumstances. The court dismissed a motion seeking leave to appeal a Divisional Court decision that found an employer is justified in requesting such an examination as part of the duty to accommodate.
  • $4.6 million sought in negligence lawsuit

    A lawyer who is already under investigation by the Law Society of Upper Canada for a $3-million deficiency in his trust account is now facing allegations of negligence over how he represented a former client in loan transactions.
  • Concerns voiced over non-lawyer JPs

    Of the 38 justices of the peace the provincial government appointed this summer, only 12 have law degrees. This has led to a renewed call by lawyers for a requirement that justices of the peace who preside over bail hearings have a law degree.
  • Life benchers concerned over shrinking role

    Life benchers are decrying their diminished role in the Law Society of Upper Canada’s governing committees. At a special Convocation meeting in August, some life benchers took the opportunity to express concerns they had over their exclusion from many committees.
  • OCA upholds contempt finding against lawyer

    90-day sentence cut to 45 days. The Ontario Court of Appeal has upheld a contempt finding against a lawyer for failing to produce documents ordered by a judge.
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