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Monday, 27 October 2014 08:00

Law firm valuations in flux

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As the profession evolves at an ever more rapid pace, experts are mulling the impact of change on the value of legal practices.
Opposition to a proposal to replace 16 legal clinics in the Greater Toronto Area with three larger centres is gathering steam with local politicians expressing their concerns and a new group emerging to rally resistance to the idea.
Monday, 27 October 2014 08:00

Editorial: A solid plan for reform

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It’s certainly understandable that some people don’t like a proposal to create up to five Greater Toronto Area legal clinics from 16 existing organizations.
With its obsession with crime legislation and tougher sentences, Liberal justice critic Sean Casey believes the Conservative government is falling short when it comes to addressing other issues.
Monday, 27 October 2014 08:00

Heenan facing flurry of lawsuits

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Toronto lawyer representing former legal assistants at Heenan Blaikie LLP in their wrongful dismissal claims against the defunct law firm says her clients are struggling to get by after their sudden termination this year.
Monday, 27 October 2014 08:00

Focus: Airbnb changing condo landscape

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Over the past few years, Airbnb has exploded as a web site that connects people with spare rooms to travellers looking for short-term rentals.
LAWYER RESIGNS OVER ‘UNSOLICITED CORRESPONDENCE’

A Toronto lawyer has surrendered her licence to practise law after a Law Society of Upper Canada hearing panel found she had sent “unsolicited correspondence” to judges.

The panel allowed Jeunesse Hosein to surrender her licence, which she did during an Oct. 14 hearing.

Hosein sent “unsolicited correspondence in relation to previously litigated matters to two judges, despite having been specifically asked not to do so by the regional senior justice of the central west region,” according to the panel.

The panel also found the lawyer guilty of failing to co-operate with a law society investigation. It ordered her to pay $2,500 in costs to the law society.

Meanwhile, the law society disbarred another Toronto lawyer, Edmund Peterson, for failing to provide information to the regulator about “the disposition of his law practice.”

According to the order, the law society had sought documents from Peterson through a letter in January 2013.

WALK OF FAME HONOURS LOUISE ARBOUR

Renowned former Supreme Court of Canada justice Louise Arbour was one of six Canadians inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame recently.

Arbour, who recently became a jurist in residence at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, sat on the top court from 1999 to 2004. She also held various positions at the United Nations, including a high-profile role as high commissioner for human rights. Arbour currently sits on several Canadian and international advisory committees.

Having her name on Canada’s Walk of Fame along with actress Rachel McAdams is a different type of honour for Arbour, who has received 40 honorary doctorates from Canadian universities and has been a companion of the Order of Canada since 2007.

“We are proud to welcome these six new outstanding honourees to Canada’s Walk of Fame,” said Melanie Hurley, chief executive officer of Canada’s Walk of Fame.

“Each have impacted Canada’s social and cultural heritage across the country and around the world. They are inspiring and remind us that anything can be achieved with hard work.”

BENCHER ELECTION NOMINATIONS OPEN

Nominations are officially open for the Law Society of Upper Canada’s 2015 bencher elections.

To qualify as candidates, lawyers wanting to run in the April 30 election must not have held the office of elected bencher for 12 or more years on June 1, 2015; have a home or business address within Ontario on the records of the law society; and not be under suspension at the time of signing the nomination form.

Nomination forms are due by Feb. 13, 2015, at 5 p.m. More information is available at lsuc.on.ca/bencher-election-2015.

LISA MUNRO NAMED BUSINESS ‘TRAILBLAZER’

Lerners LLP’s Toronto office co-managing partner Lisa Munro has won Profiles in Diversity Journal’s Women Worth Watching award, the law firm announced.

The publication named Munro one of 160 “executive trailblazers” as part of its awards celebrating the accomplishments of women in business.

“Nominated by her colleagues for her outstanding passion and influence, Munro has played a critical role at Lerners, both in and outside of the workplace,” Lerners said in a press release.

“Creating a work environment that not only fosters retention but also encourages loyalty, Munro is a strong force at Lerners. As a member of the executive committee, her contributions on matters such as strategic planning, succession, and fostering the development of young talent have had a positive effect on both Lerners’ financial performance and culture.”

POLL RESULTS

The results of the latest Law Times poll are in.

According to the poll, 88 per cent of respondents say they disagree with the Canadian Bar Association’s initial decision to intervene in the Chevron Corp. matter at the Supreme Court of Canada.

The CBA pulled the plug on its intervention just a day before the deadline for its factum amid controversy over its decision to intervene in the case. The CBA maintained it would be a neutral intervener in the oil company’s dispute with indigenous Ecuadorans who are trying to enforce a local judgment for $19.5 billion against Chevron in Ontario.

But some members of the bar threatened to withdraw their CBA memberships over the issue, arguing the case wasn’t an appropriate one for the organization to intervene in. Other lawyers have noted there are important corporate law principles at stake in the Chevron case.

In the end, the CBA said its own legislation and law reform committee had concluded the case didn’t meet the specific requirements of its intervention policy.

Monday, 20 October 2014 08:00

Judge steps into role of soccer referee

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A Divisional Court judge found himself quite literally in the role of a referee when he decided the winner of a recent under 16 Ontario Cup soccer match.
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