December 04, 2017
The finding in a recent Ontario Superior Court of Justice Small Claims Court case, Vanderveen v. Waterbridge Media Inc., is worthy of note.
November 27, 2017
Any lawyer looking for debate is sure to find it with their peers. The amount of discussion set off over requiring lawyers to sign a statement of principles has been a heady surprise.
November 20, 2017
Law Times reports that Correctional Service Canada has been found to be negligent in the severe beating of an inmate. The ruling in Fontenelle v. Canada (Attorney General), 2017 ONSC 6604, comes after the attack on the inmate at Millhaven Institution, a maximum-security facility in Ontario.
November 13, 2017
In any working relationship, broken trust is hard to repair. Law Times reports that lawyers who work with indigenous groups say provisions in federal Bill C-58 would force access requesters to have specifics in terms of subject matter, time frames and types of records and will have a detrimental impact on these groups’ ability to do needed research for land claims.
November 06, 2017
Law Times has two stories this week that relate to expert testimony or expert witnesses. In one, the Ontario Divisional Court upheld the dismissal of a lawyer’s claim against a handwriting expert for defamation. In Deverett Law Offices v. Pitney, lawyer Michael Deverett’s firm brought a claim against a handwriting analyst who had done work for a former client.
October 30, 2017
Among the lawyers I know in my peer group, there was an incredibly steep drop-off rate when it came to high-paced jobs.
October 23, 2017
There’s an old adage: If you argue for your limitations, you get to keep them. I was reminded of this phrase recently as controversy trickled up about a statement of principles lawyers will be required to sign. The issue is, admittedly, complex.
October 16, 2017
We live in a time of extreme paradoxes. Never has so much information been available so readily, thanks to the power of online news, digital devices and social media platforms.
October 02, 2017
In May, a Law Times columnist wrote a piece exploring the colonialist legacy inherent in the name of the Law Society of Upper Canada. “As a lawyer, I am required to pay membership fees to an organization whose title includes the name ‘Upper Canada.’
September 25, 2017
Controversy over contingency fees isn’t new. However, a ruling this week in the family law realm has important takeaways. In Jackson v. Stephen Durbin and Associates, Ontario Superior Court Justice Thomas Lofchik ordered a Toronto law firm to refund a $72,000 premium it charged to a family litigant for the favourable result achieved at trial in a custody battle.