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CERTIFICATION MOTION ADJOURNED FOR 60 DAYS
A certification motion for a class action lawsuit against Deloitte LLP involving document reviewers has been adjourned for 60 days while class counsel seek a new representative plaintiff.

Ontario Superior Court Justice Edward Belobaba certified the action April 13, but it is still subject to court approval of amendments to the proposed class definition and the replacement of the representative plaintiff, Shireen Sondhi.

The court gave lawyers for the plaintiffs until June 12 to find a new representative plaintiff or the action will be dismissed. Sondhi v. Deloitte Management Services LP, Deloitte & Touche LLP and Procom Consultants Group Limited was first filed in March 2015 and sought $384 million on behalf of hundreds of lawyers working at a document-review company Deloitte acquired in 2014.

The action alleges that document reviewers working for Deloitte were misclassified as independent contractors and should have been employees.

The claim seeks compensation for unpaid vacation, unpaid statutory holiday pay and unpaid overtime.

Lawyers for the plaintiff class said in a press release that the ruling is a “significant step forward for misclassified workers who do not have the same protections as employees.”

“This certification motion shows that employers who misclassify employees as contractors can have substantial liability towards those workers, no matter what the contract says,” said plaintiff class lawyer Andrew Monkhouse.

None of the allegations has been proven in court, and Deloitte denies liability. A spokesperson for Deloitte said, “We believe that the claim has no merit and we will vigorously defend the class action. As the matter is now before the courts, it is not our intention to discuss the matter publicly.”

WESTERN UNIVERSITY LAUNCHES LAWYER SURVEY
Professor Rachel Birnbaum of Western University is inviting lawyers and mental health professionals to complete a survey on the use of smart technology for increasing parent-child contact after separation or divorce. The survey link is: https://uwo.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6xvMdROtyiu848l.

KONANUR RECEIVES OBA AWARD OF EXCELLENCE
Shalini Konanur, executive director of the South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario, has been awarded the 2017 OBA Award of Excellence in the Promotion of Women’s Equality.

She oversees SALCO’s litigation, advocacy and outreach on issues that impact low-income South Asian Ontarians.

LAW TIMES POLL
Recreational marijuana use will be legalized, and lawyers say there will be an increase in criminal charges and civil cases as a result. Readers were asked if they supported pot legalization.

Seventy-three per cent of respondents said yes, while there will be an impact on the courts, the overall social benefits of legalization are positive, while 27 per cent said no, the move to legalize marijuana is short-sighted and will lead to negative social results, including longer court delays.
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JUDICIAL APPOINTMENTS ANNOUNCED IN ONTARIO
Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada Jody Wilson-Raybould announced Ontario appointments under the new judicial application process.

The new process, unveiled Oct. 20, 2016, emphasizes transparency, merit and diversity, and it will continue to ensure the appointment of jurists who meet the highest standards of excellence and integrity, according to the federal government.

David M. Paciocco, a judge of the Ontario Court of Justice in Ottawa, is appointed a judge of the Court of Appeal for Ontario. He replaces Justice J.I. Laskin, who elected supernumerary status effective Sept. 1, 2016.

Deborah Swartz, a sole practitioner in Kingston, Ont., is appointed a judge of the Superior Court of Justice and a member of the Family Court in Kingston effective April 10. She will replace Justice C. Robertson, who will become a supernumerary judge effective April 10.

Wilson-Raybould also announced Shaun S. Nakatsuru will become a Superior Court of Justice judge in Toronto to replace M.A. Sanderson, who became a supernumary judge June 20, 2016.

Nakatsuru currently is a judge with the Ontario Court of Justice.

Robyn M. Ryan Bell, a partner at Bennett Jones LLP, is appointed a judge with the Superior Court of Justice in Ottawa. She will replace G.P. Smith, who became a supernumary judge Oct. 30, 2016.

THOMSON REUTERS AMONG WINNERS OF GENDER EQUALITY AWARD
Seven Canadian organizations have been recognized and awarded for their efforts to advance gender equality.

Baker McKenzie, Scotiabank, Teck Resources, Critical Mass Women, BMO, Catalyst and Thomson Reuters were chosen as the winners by the public via online voting, organized by the Canadian Chapter of the UN Global Compact Network Canada.

The awards recognize the initiatives taken by the companies to adopt the UN’s seven Women’s Empowerment Principles.

The seven organizations have demonstrated outstanding leadership with practices that are aimed directly at addressing gender inequality, the Global Compact Network Canada said in a press release.

U OF T ALUMNI AWARDS
The University of Toronto Faculty of Law has announced the 2017 Distinguished Alumnus Award recipients — Melissa Kennedy, executive vice president and chief legal officer and public affairs at Sun Life Financial Inc., and Herb Solway, a founding member of Goodmans LLP. The Wilson Prichard Award went to Michelle Henry, a partner in the labour and employment group at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP in Toronto, and Claire Hunter, a partner at Hunter Litigation Chambers in Vancouver.

LAW TIMES POLL
Recently, Law Times reported that the Law Society of Upper Canada had issued an eight-month suspension to a lawyer, Sarah Jackson, who admitted to providing heroin to a friend who later died from an overdose. We asked readers if they think the suspension is fair.

Thirty-six per cent said an eight-month suspension is fair, given that Sarah Jackson was acquitted of manslaughter and found not guilty of criminal negligence causing death.

Sixty-four per cent said an eight-month suspension seems like too little, given that Sarah Jackson did not report criminal charges she was facing to the LSUC.
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GLOBAL INSURANCE LAW NETWORK LAUNCHED
Canada’s Blaney McMurtry LLP is one of the founders of a new, multi-jurisdiction legal network launched last month by law firms from North America and Europe.

The Insurance Law Global network, which will provide a global service to insurance clients, also includes founding law firms Weightmans from the U.K., LC Rodrigo Abogados of Spain and Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin of the U.S.

“We are very proud to be a founding member of the Insurance Law Global network, an organization created to meet the increasingly diverse needs of the global insurance industry and to foster collaboration and knowledge sharing across multiple jurisdictions,” said Maria Scarfo, managing partner of Blaney McMurtry in Toronto, in a press release. Collectively, ILG has bases in 30 cities across six countries.

CCA COMMUNITY BUILDER AWARD WINNER ANNOUNCED
The Canadian Bar Association’s Canadian Corporate Counsel Association announces that the respective in-house teams of George Weston Ltd. and the Pro Bono Ontario’s ID Clinic for the Homeless are the co-winners of the 2017 CCCA Community Builder Award.

The Community Builder Award recognizes pro bono, community or corporate social responsibility efforts.

The award was presented during the CCCA 2017 Agents of Change national conference in Toronto on April 3 along with various other CCCA awards.

CRAIG CARTER RECEIVES OBA’S DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD
Craig Carter, a lawyer in Fasken Martineau LLP’s Toronto office, will receive the Ontario Bar Association’s Award for Distingished Service at a ceremony on April 26.

Carter is engaged in a commercial real estate practice and has acted as counsel in real estate issues and the standards of practice in real estate matters. According to the firm, he is extensively involved in continuing legal education for the legal profession, is a co-editor and published author and has chaired many programs for the OBA.

The OBA says its Award for Distinguished Service recognizes exceptional career contributions and/or career achievements by members of the OBA to the legal profession in Ontario, to jurisprudence in Ontario or Canada, to the law or development of the law in Ontario or a significant law-related benefit to the residents of Ontario.

LAW TIMES POLL
Law Times reported recently that Ontario lawyers say a bill that would give enhanced powers to American border officers working at Canadian airports would likely result in a great deal of uncertainty for their work and their clients. Readers were asked if they supported Bill C-23.

About six per cent of respondents said yes, they did not see an issue with giving American border officers who work on Canadian soil the power to detain Canadians travelling to the United States.

However, 94 per cent said no, they thought changes proposed in the bill would cause problems, especially in addition to the increased climate of uncertainty at the border.
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LOOPSTRA NIXON NAMES NEW MANAGING PARTNER
Allan Ritchie has been appointed Loopstra Nixon LLP’s managing partner and head of the executive committee.

Ritchie assumes the role from Ian Scarlett, who has served in the position since 2009.

During Scarlett’s tenure, the firm underwent significant expansion, growing from 16 lawyers to its current 41-lawyer team.

Scarlett will return to full-time private practice with a continued focus on mergers and acquisitions and general corporate law and will serve as a member of the firm’s governing executive committee.

“Ian has been a steady hand at the wheel during a period of rapid growth and expansion for the firm. The positive impact of his leadership will be felt for years to come,” said founding partner Chuck Loopstra in a press release.

Ritchie originally joined Loopstra Nixon in 2003, where he worked until 2007. He returned as a partner in 2010 and has played significant roles in the restructuring of the firm’s student and lateral hiring programs, as well as serving as the firm’s primary representative with LawExchange International, the global network of 32 law firms of which the firm has been the Canadian representative member since 2012.

In addition to the managing partner role, Ritchie will continue to lead the firm’s cross-border business law practice.

CATZMAN AWARD CALL FOR NOMINATIONS
The Catzman family, The Advocates’ Society and the chief justice of Ontario’s Advisory Committee on Professionalism are calling for nominations for an award in memory of the late Justice Marvin A. Catzman, recognizing individuals who have demonstrated a high degree of professionalism and civility in the practice of law.

The award will be presented by the chief justice at the Opening of the Courts in September.

Nominators should provide a brief statement outlining the reasons for their nomination, the nominee’s curriculum vitae and two letters of support.

Nominations should be sent to: Rachel Stewart at rachel@advocates.ca. The deadline is May 26.

FEORE TO SPEAK AT DINNER
The Advocates’ Society presents its 2017 End Of Term Dinner with special guest keynote speaker Colm Feore, best known for his role in 24. The member-only event will be held June 15 starting at 5:30 p.m. at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre South Building.

LAW TIMES POLL
Last week, a Law Times columnist wrote that criminal law is out of step and argued there should be an immediate moratorium on HIV non-disclosure prosecutions, unless there is alleged intentional transmission.

We asked readers what they thought. Seventy-two per cent said yes, the unjust criminalization of people living with HIV needs to change. The law has become more draconian even as HIV has become more manageable and as transmission risks decrease.

Twenty-eight per cent said no, the law should remain as it is, and the Ministry of the Attorney General should not change its approach.
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LSUC REAPPOINTS WRIGHT TO TRIBUNAL
David A. Wright has been reappointed as chairman of the Law Society Tribunal for a four-year term, starting in September.

Wright was first appointed as the independent organization’s first full-time non-bencher tribunal chairman in 2013, as part of the Law Society of Upper Canada’s enhancements to its adjudicative process for discipline, licensing and other regulatory matters.

Under Wright’s leadership, a new scheduling process was established to maximize hearing date options and reduce vacated and continuation dates, said the LSUC in a press release.

A new, dedicated website was also developed to enhance transparency of tribunal proceedings.

To build the tribunal’s distinct identity, Wright and his team developed a set of core values for the organization: fairness, quality, transparency and timeliness, said the LSUC.

“I am extremely happy to be reappointed as tribunal chair and I look forward to continuing to build the Law Society Tribunal as a leader in the administrative justice community,” said Wright in the press release.

PIETERS STOPS REPRESENTING MEREDITH
Lawyer Selwyn Pieters tweeted on March 20 that he is no longer representing Senator Don Meredith in his hearing before the Senate Committee on Ethics and Conflict of Interest.

Senators have called for Meredith’s resignation after an ethics report said he used his position of power to lure a teenage girl into a sexual relationship.

 He is also being investigated by the Senate ethics officer over separate allegations of workplace harassment. Pieters would not say whether it was his choice to end the relationship with Meredith, but he told Law Times the decision has his “blessing.”

“Senator Meredith is now being represented by William Trudell in his matter before the Senate Committee on Ethics and Conflict of Interest,” said Pieters in an email to Law Times.

OSC NAMES NEW COMMISSIONERS
Robert P. Hutchison and Mark J. Sandler have been appointed to the Ontario Securities Commission, where they will each serve a two-year term.

Hutchison spent more than 40 years with Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, where he practised business law, focusing on financial services.

Sandler is the senior partner of Cooper Sandler Shime & Bergman LLP and has been an appellate and trial litigator specializing in criminal and regulatory law for 37 years.

LAW TIMES POLL
Last week, Law Times reported that lawyers are expressing concerns over the timing of the rollout of extensive draft regulations by the provincial government to amend the Condominium Act.  Readers were asked if they feel this will leave little time to bring clients up to speed.

Seventy-five per cent said yes, the government expects the first phase of legislation to be implemented later this year, and this leaves little lead time for lawyers.

Twenty-five per cent said no, the changes leave appropriate time for lawyers to digest all the regulations and help clients understand them.
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LSUC ANNOUNCES AWARD WINNERS
Thora Espinet was the only black woman in her class at the University of Windsor Faculty of Law and one of the first black women lawyers in Ontario after being called to the bar in 1984.
But that didn’t stop her from pursuing a career, first in criminal law and then family law.

“Sometimes, what holds people back is self-doubt,” Espinet told Law Times in an interview. “But I’m very confident. I don’t let other people define me.”

That confidence has led Jamaican-born Espinet to become a leader in “promoting social change as well as addressing issues of discrimination and equality,” according to the Law Society of Upper Canada. Espinet is the recipient of the Lincoln Alexander Award.

The award is one of several Law Society Awards that will be handed out May 24 at Osgoode Hall.

Law Society Medal winners include Patrick Case, a leader in establishing policies on addressing racism; Larry Chartrand, who works to advance aboriginal and Métis rights; Sally Colquhoun, who has helped increase social justice for low-income people and First Nation communities in Ontario’s Northwest; Michael Eizenga, a leader in the class action bar; Marie Henein, for her achievements as a criminal defence lawyer; Joanna Radbord, for her contributions to LGBTQ rights, family law, constitutional and human rights; and Gary Yee, for his activism and advocacy for racialized communities.

The Laura Legge Award goes to Breese Davies. Edwarda De Oliveira Castro will receive the William J. Simpson Distinguished Paralegal Award, and the J. Shirley Denison Award recipient is Grace Alcaide Janicas.

LAW PROFS CALL FOR MINING OMBUDSPERSON
Law professors from universities across Canada have sent a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau calling for an independent ombudsperson to investigate complaints about Canadian mining companies operating abroad.

“It is time for Canada to step up to the plate and take legislative action to prevent Canadian extractive companies from profiting from human rights abuses and other harm,” said Penelope Simons, a professor of law at the University of Ottawa.

LOGAN JOINS BAKER MCKENZIE
Daniel Logan has joined Baker McKenzie as a partner in Toronto. With more than 20 years experience in complex commercial technology and outsourcing transactions, Logan brings a particular expertise working with clients in the financial services sector, said the firm.

LAW TIMES POLL
Law Times reported that a judge had issued a strong rebuke of the processes lawyers have to follow to retrieve unpaid fees from clients and backlogs at the provincial assessment office.
Readers were asked if they felt an overhaul of the process was long overdue.

About 83 per cent said yes, the time has come for much-needed amendments to the Solicitors Act.

Another 17 per cent said no, while the process was not perfect, it is a good development that lawyers will now be able to sue clients for unpaid accounts in some situations.
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CHAMBERLAIN BECOMES NEW WESTERN LAW DEAN
As she prepares to take on her new role as dean of law at Western University starting May 1, Erika Chamberlain says one thing she’ll be focused on is ensuring that legal education is accessible.

“I come from a small town, a working class background,” she says, adding that her parents are immigrants from Germany.

“I want to make sure law school is available to people in all parts of the community.”

Chamberlain says she had a great student experience as a National Scholar at Western Law in 1996, followed by getting her LLB as gold medalist from Western Law in 2001. After clerking for the Supreme Court of Canada in 2002, Chamberlain once again returned to Western as assistant professor in 2005. Following her PhD from the University of Cambridge in 2009, Chamberlain has held the position of associate dean (academic) at Western Law for the past five years.

When she takes over from Iain Scott as head of the department, Chamberlain says she wants to preserve the “really good sense of community” for future students. She says the fact that Western Law is the smallest law school after Lakehead University’s Bora Laskin Faculty of Law helps foster the close environment.

“Our faculty care a lot about teaching, care a lot about mentoring students, and I think that’s a real strength for us,” she says.

LAW COMMISSION CALLS FOR REFORMS TO GUARDIANSHIP
The Law Commission of Ontario has released a report recommending reforms to the province’s laws concerning power of attorney, guardianship and health-care consent.

The Final Report on Legal Capacity, Decision-making and Guardianship has 58 recommendations, which spurred out of concerns about a number of issues including the misuse of powers of attorney and elder abuse, as well as a widespread lack of understanding about the province’s laws in the area.

For more information, visit www.lco-cdo.org.

FRASER JOINS HEURISTICA DISCOVERY COUNSEL
One of Canada’s leading e‑discovery lawyers has joined Heuristica Discovery Counsel as co-CEO and senior counsel.

Duncan Fraser, who has more than 20 years of legal experience, is set to open an Ottawa office for the Toronto-based boutique legal practice.

Fraser previously worked at e-discovery law firm Wortzmans. Before that, he was general counsel and director of e-discovery and National Litigation Support Services for the Federal Department of Justice.

LAW TIMES POLL
Ontario lawyers say a newly released report by Justice Annemarie Bonkalo that recommends broadening the scope of family law in Ontario could erode current standards and squeeze lawyers out of the marketplace.

Readers were asked whether they think this is true.

Roughly 65 per cent said yes, potential recommendations in the report to broaden the marketplace will have harmful effects for lawyers.

The remaining 35 per cent said no, these recommendations will help clients and will not affect lawyers at all.
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FORMER SCC JUSTICE JOINS BLG
Retired Supreme Court of Canada Justice Thomas Cromwell has joined Borden Ladner Gervais LLP.

Cromwell, who will be counsel in the firm’s offices in Ottawa and Vancouver, retired from the Supreme Court last year after serving as a justice for just eight years.

“I’m looking forward to having a little more time to travel and just read for pleasure and do all those sorts of things that have been kind of put on hold for the last eight years,” he says.

Cromwell says he decided to join BLG for an opportunity to work in a mentoring role with younger lawyers and says he is looking to remain a generalist in terms of the areas of law on which he will advise.

He had been a judge for 19 years at the time, having spent many years on the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal where he was appointed in 1997. He was nominated to the Supreme Court by former Prime Minister Stephen Harper in 2008.

Cromwell says that when he was on Nova Scotia’s appellate court, he had always intended to retire when he became eligible. When that time came when he was on the Supreme Court, it was just about finding a time that would cause the least disruption to the court’s function, he says.

“It was a great honour and privilege, and I don’t say it by way of complaining about it, but there’s no doubt that at least for me that weight of responsibility seemed to get heavier as the years went on,” he says.

CLA OPENS NOMINATIONS FOR 2017 G. ARTHUR MARTIN AWARD
The Criminal Lawyers’ Association is now accepting nominations for the 2017 G. Arthur Martin Criminal Justice Medal. The annual honour recognizes outstanding contributions to criminal justice in Canada.

The nominators must be full members of the CLA, and they must submit a nomination letter, a curriculum vitae or resumé of the nominee and three letters of support. The deadline to submit nominations is March 31.

COMPLETE CRIMINAL CASES DECLINED IN 2014/2015
Ontario saw a nine-per-cent decrease in the overall number of criminal cases completed in 2014/2015 from the previous year, according to new crime statistics released by Stats Canada.
That was a decline of 10,000 from the year before in what has been a downward trend countrywide in recent years.

Stats Canada partly attributed a steady decline in impaired driving cases for the drop. Ontario saw 828 fewer such cases from the previous year.

LAW TIMES POLL
The recent passing of a provincial act in Ontario removed the courts’ progressive approach to enforcing surrogacy agreements, say some lawyers, and led to fears it could leave the area open to exploitation. Readers were asked if they think this is true.

Roughly 20 per cent said yes, the new laws represent an opportunity lost for the development of surrogacy law in Ontario.

The remaining 80 per cent said no, the new laws create enhanced clarity and more clear guidelines for surrogacy and those who participate in it.
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BARBARA HENDRICKSON JOINS PALLETT VALO LLP IN ASSOCIATION
Barbara Hendrickson has joined Peel Region business law firm Pallett Valo LLP in association.

Hendrickson, who is the CEO and founder of BAX Securities Law, has more than 20 years experience in corporate finance, capital markets and real estate syndication areas.

She has previously worked in large nationwide and international firms and has served as senior legal counsel at the Ontario Securities Commission.

Bobby Sachdeva, Pallett Valo’s managing partner, says Hendrickson brings senior securities and corporate finance experience to the firm.

“We are very pleased to have her join our team,” he said.

Called to the bar in Ontario in 2003, Hendrickson has also been called to the bars of B.C. in 2010, Manitoba in 1986 and Alberta in 1984. She went to law school at the University of Calgary Law School, where she specialized in natural resources law, and she continued her education at the University of Toronto, where she received an LLM and specialized in administrative law.
She also completed a Masters of Tax Law at Osgoode Hall Law School.

Hendrickson is also the founder of the Toronto Business Lawyers Association and a past member of the Small & Medium Enterprises Committee of the Ontario Securities Commission.

Hendrickson’s practice, which specializes in real estate syndication and private equity, as well as venture capital and investment funds, is considered one of the top corporate securities boutique firms in Canada.

RYSERSON’S LIZ, OSGOODE’S WINKLER INSTITUTE WIN TECH GRANTS
The Law Foundation of Ontario has awarded grants to youth-led tech projects that tackle access to justice issues.

Initiatives from Ryerson University’s Legal Innovation Zone and the Winkler Institute of Osgoode Hall Law School have won the one-time grants.

The LIZ received $50,000 for a project that will develop a number of workshops focused on the legal needs of urban youth.

The law foundation awarded the Winkler Institute $54,083 for a “design-thinking” initiative that will look to develop technological solutions to the need to build a justice system reflective of indigenous traditions. Indigenous youth will take part in the project along with experts in youth justice.

FORMER PMO ADVISOR JOINS GOWLINGS
A former senior advisor to the Office of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has joined Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP.

Cyrus Reporter was Trudeau’s chief of staff before he became prime minister.

Reporter has joined the firm as a partner practising in the areas of public policy and regulatory issues.

LAW TIMES POLL
After the Supreme Court of Canada set out a framework to assess the independence to expert witnesses, litigators have different opinions about whether it’s too difficult to exclude expert evidence on the basis of bias.

Readers were asked what they thought of the issue.

Every respondent said yes, it remains very hard to get this evidence excluded, but this may change as trial court judges pay more attention to the backgrounds of expert witnesses.

No respondents said no, it is not hard to get this evidence excluded, as the courts continually refine the role of experts in both criminal and civil litigation.
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YORK UNIVERSITY HONOURS CAROL HANSELL
The Jay and Barbara Hennick Centre for Business and Law at York University has given Toronto lawyer Carol Hansell its 2016 Hennick Medal for Career Achievement.

The award is given to leaders in the business and legal communities who have gained international recognition for their work. Hansell graduated from York University with an LLB/MBA in 1986 and is now regarded as one of the country’s most influential advisers in corporate governance.

She worked at Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP for 20 years, before leaving to start her own firm, Hansell LLP. She is also a principal Hansell McLaughlin Advisory Inc.

Hansell has served on the boards of many organizations in different sectors, including the boards of the Bank of Canada and the Ontario Registered Pension Plan Administration Corporation.

“Carol Hansell is a role model for our students,” said Edward Waitzer, the director of the Hennick Centre.

“She is a pioneer in governance education and thought leadership, grounded in practical experience. In a career spanning more than 25 years, she has done so much – from leading transactions to advising boards, management teams, institutional shareholders and regulators in connection with legal and governance challenges to shaping public policy. She has also given back to the community, as a board member, mentor and force of nature.”

Hansell’s practice focuses on helping institutional shareholders and regulators with legal and governance challenges, as well as advising boards and management teams.

Last year, Hansell was appointed to be chairwoman of Ontario’s Business Law Advisory Council, which advises the provincial government on business law matters. The centre gave the award to Hansell at a reception in Toronto on Feb. 8.

LAW FOUNDATION OPENS GUTHRIE AWARD NOMINATIONS
The Law Foundation of Ontario has opened nominations for its Guthrie Award.

The award was created in 1996 to honour Hugh Guthrie, a foundation trustee and chairman of the foundation’s board. It recognizes individuals for their contributions to the cause of access to justice.

Nominees should have a proven track record on the issue, and can come from any part of the justice system. Past winners have included members of the judiciary, the private bar, non-profit organizations and legal clinics.

Nominations must include a letter of nomination and at least two other letters of support. They will be accepted until April 17.

For more information, visit www.lawfoundation.on.ca.

MILLER THOMSON WELCOMES NEW PARTNERS
Lawrence Wilder and Tom Koutoulakis have joined Miller Thomson LLP’s Toronto business law group.

The two lawyers, who were formerly employed by Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP, have joined the firm as partners.

The firm’s Toronto business law group has seen 10 new partners join the firm over the last year. The two newest additions are part of a larger commitment to “deepening the bench strength” of the firm’s corporate mergers and acquisitions and securities law groups in Toronto, said Peter Auvinen, managing partner at Miller Thomson’s Toronto office.

“We see it as an ongoing priority objective, and having Lawrence and Tom join us will further propel our growth and expertise in the area,” he said.

LAW TIMES POLL
Law Times recently reported that a judge stopped the Kenora Crown attorney’s office from prosecuting a case, after the defendant’s lawyer took a job as a Crown days before his trial was set to start.

Readers were asked if they agree with this decision.

Roughly 70.5 per cent said they agree with this judge’s decision and think it is prudent. The remaining 29.5 per cent said they do not agree with this decision and the judge is being overly cautious.
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