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Monday, 02 March 2015 08:00

Prof touts ABS plus

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Adding fuel to an already-raging debate on alternative business structures, the Law Society of Upper Canada has released a report laying out the wide-ranging perspectives it has received from the profession so far on whether to let non-lawyers own law firms.
A mediator-arbitrator removed from a case for apprehension of bias says he was simply giving the parties what people sign up for when they choose that particular method of alternative dispute resolution.
A report prepared by legal futurist Richard Susskind for Britain’s Civil Justice Council suggests online dispute resolution is emerging as the latest threat to lawyer participation in the provision of legal services.
Monday, 02 March 2015 08:00

Largest law firms in Canada

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What are the 20 largest law firms in Canada?
Monday, 02 March 2015 08:00

Editorial: Bricks and bouquets

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With lots of positive developments as well as some questionable decisions in the legal world lately, it’s a good time to toss a few bouquets to those who deserve some praise and bricks to those who are off the mark:
It’s difficult to imagine a more egregious case of corporate arrogance than Bell Mobility’s move to charge subscribers a monthly fee for a non-existent service and attempting to justify it in class action litigation. That’s the story of the ongoing litigation commenced in 2007 by two Yellowknife residents who objected to a charge of 75 cents a month for a 911 service that didn’t exist.
The Ontario Trial Lawyers Association’s submission in response to the Law Society of Upper Canada’s discussion paper on alternative business structures reads like a self-interested protectionist stance for the status quo for a cottage industry.
Canadian consumers are already benefiting from the Canada-South Korea free-trade agreement that came into force on Jan. 1.
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