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Lots of work for Bay Street from hydro sale

Yamri Taddese - Monday, April 27, 2015

The sheer size of the Hydro One sell-off means many law firms stand to reap lots of work from the deal, lawyers say.
“I think there will be a fair number of law firms involved because of the size of the deal,” says Michael Barrett, partner and co-head of power and renewable energy at Bennett Jones LLP.

Ed Clark, the former head of TD Bank who recommended the sale of 60 per cent of Hydro One, has denied Bay Street will draw big profit from the transaction, but lawyers say law firms will likely gain a good amount of work from one of the largest public offerings in Canadian history.

Given the size of the Hydro One sale, the bank t...

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Bencher election: Candidate profiles

To find out what the candidates in the Law Society of Upper Canada bencher election are saying, check out our interactive map with links to the candidates' profiles on our bencher election web site.

Video: Bencher campaign enters final week

As the Law Society of Upper Canada bencher election enters its final week, Law Times talks to some voters about the issues they think are most important. For more, see "Law society voters speak out."

LSUC AGM motion seeks to force articling jobs on firms

With the debate over the Law Practice Program in the news again, a group of lawyers are putting forward a motion at the Law Society of Upper Canada’s upcoming annual general meeting to force law firms with eight or more lawyers to take an articling student chosen at random.

Rural lawyers concerned about funding cut for online legal research

Rural sole practitioners say their work has become more difficult with the LibraryCo Toolkit that used to provide remote desktop case law search services no longer available since the beginning of the year.

Editorial: Are politics at play in arbitration reform?

With recent government budgets showing the public sector continues to be in financial difficulty, the province could have made some headway on the issue in announcing its fiscal plan last week by moving on long-sought reforms to labour arbitration.

The Hill: Decision against federal lawyer’s election run sparks outrage in Ottawa

A federal government lawyer has lost her right to come back to her government job if she runs and loses in this fall’s federal election.

Trade Matters: Canadian renminbi trading hub among latest moves to boost access to China

The Bank of Montreal completed the first-ever renminbi trade in North America in the new yuan clearing house last month in Toronto. The Canadian clearing house now allows the direct conversion of Canadian dollars into renminbi without having to first convert into U.S. dollars.

Focus: Bell mobile TV decision a ‘step in the right direction’

Canadians will have to keep standing up for net neutrality if they want to prevent fast- and slow-lane Internet traffic from taking hold in this country, according to a Toronto technology lawyer.

Bencher election: A look at bencher compensation

As the campaign for the Law Society of Upper Canada bencher election wraps up this week, Law Times takes a look at what benchers earn for their work.
To read more, see "How much do benchers earn?"

Inside Story

Monday, April 27, 2015

The attorney general has awarded the David Walter Mundell medal to University of Ottawa Faculty of Law Prof. Elizabeth Sheehy for excellence in legal writing.

Sheehy’s “extensive body of work” includes a recent book titled Defending Battered Women on Trial: Lessons from the Transcripts, according to the Ministry of the Attorney General.

“The book addresses issues of gender equality and the challenges of the criminal justice response to violence against women,” the ministry said in an announcement last week.

“Exceptional legal writing has the power to move and inspire us to take action,” said Attorney General Madeleine Meilleur.

“Professor Sheehy’s work has made an outstanding contribution to our knowledge of the broader social and legal implications of violence against women.”

Lawyers can battle it out on a different kind of court this summer as two law firms announce this year’s Law Slam tennis challenge this June.

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