Innovatio Awards celebrate in-house counsel, both individuals and teams, who have found ways to show leadership by becoming more efficient, innovative and creative in meeting the needs of their organizations within the Canadian legal markets
When: September 19, 2017
Where: Arcadian Court, Toronto
Event Detail: 2017 Nominations are now closed
Presented by Lexpert, the prestigious Rising Stars Awards Gala honours winners from across Canada and welcomes law firm and in-house leaders and distinguished guests to celebrate and network with others who are at the top of the legal profession
When: November 16, 2017
Where: Fairmont Royal York Hotel, Toronto
The Canadian Dealmakers honour companies and individuals whose M&A transactions have significantly impacted their industry through innovation and growth; establishment of best practices; enhancement of customer needs and products; and creation of value
When: March 8, 2018
Event Detail: To learn more about the event click here
Presented by Lexpert, these awards recognize individuals and teams from law firms, academia, law societies and corporations that have made a significant contribution to the legal community
When: June 22, 2017
Event Detail: To see this year's winners click here
Over the past year, the practices of the personal injury profession, especially in the areas of billing, referral fees and advertising, have come under significantly more public and regulatory scrutiny.
It has been just more than a year and a half since responsibility for adjudicating accident benefits disputes was transferred to the Licence Appeal Tribunal, which decides on claims and licensing regulations involving a number of provincial ministries.
The benchers of the Law Society of Upper Canada are scheduled to vote this week on whether to approve proposed changes aimed at streamlining contingency fee retainer agreements and also increasing protection for consumers who enter into these contracts with lawyers.
The Ontario Court of Appeal has dismissed an appeal in a medical malpractice decision that lawyers say will have important implications for how civil jury questions are framed in cases involving delayed diagnosis and multiple defendants.
A proposed class action against a Toronto personal injury firm has been closely watched by the legal community because of the dispute over whether costs can be part of a retainer agreement in addition to amounts paid out as a result of a contingency fee.
Ontario lawyers are currently being asked to share their opinions on alternative business structures in the province. If accepted, this would mean the delivery of legal services through civil society organizations to facilitate access to justice. I believe that alternative business structures — known as ABS — have the potential to have a positive effect in Ontario, especially when viewed from the perspective of increasing access to justice.
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.
The Ontario Court of Appeal has confirmed that employers can require employees to submit to an independent medical examination by a doctor of their choosing in certain circumstances. The court dismissed a motion seeking leave to appeal a Divisional Court decision that found an employer is justified in requesting such an examination as part of the duty to accommodate.
Personal injury boutiques are keeping up the fight against non-lawyer ownership of law firms after the Law Society of Upper Canada put the subject of Alternative Business Structures back on its agenda.
The Ontario Court of Appeal has reversed a lower court decision to throw out a self-represented litigant’s claim as vexatious in a ruling lawyers say shows the province’s top court’s willingness to push back against broadening the rules around vexatious litigation.