professional regulation


  • CBA wades into tax fight

    CBA wades into tax fight

    Dec 11, 2017

    The Canadian Bar Association made headlines this fall for joining other organizations to oppose the federal government’s proposed tax changes for private corporations.

  • Rest up for 2018

    Dec 11, 2017

    No one would say it was a dull year. While 2016 might have brought external developments that few could have anticipated, the most interesting facets of the legal profession in 2017 were the discussions that took place internally.

  • Time for graduated licensing for lawyers

    Dec 4, 2017

    Graduated licensing for drivers in Ontario started in 1994. At the time it was introduced, it was touted that the policy was going to save tens of millions of dollars in accident prevention and lives. The policy is very easy to understand and so intuitively and obviously correct that it really requires no justification.

  • Standards may require technological competence

    Standards may require technological competence

    Dec 4, 2017

    The Federation of Law Societies of Canada is proposing to amend its baseline standards of professionalism for lawyers to include technological competence, even though most law schools in Canada don’t teach how to use innovative digital tools.

  • Discipline launched after fees allegedly paid

    Discipline launched after fees allegedly paid

    Dec 4, 2017

    The Law Society of Upper Canada has initiated discipline proceedings against a Brampton, Ont. lawyer for allegedly agreeing to pay a Florida-based company for referrals. LSUC investigators have claimed that lawyer John D’Alimonte has been involved in an arrangement in which he or his firm — the Merricks Law Group — agreed to pay a Florida-based medical and legal referral service called 1-800-Ask-Gary for referrals.

  • Lawyer questions time taken to investigate ads

    Lawyer questions time taken to investigate ads

    Nov 27, 2017

    Toronto lawyer who advertised in a publication decried as racist, misogynistic and homophobic will face a regulatory meeting at the Law Society of Upper Canada.

  • Spotlight on personal injury law affects reputation

    Spotlight on personal injury law affects reputation

    Nov 27, 2017

    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.

  • Contingency fee changes to be hammered out

    Contingency fee changes to be hammered out

    Nov 27, 2017

    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.

  • Benchers to vote on statement

    Nov 27, 2017

    The Law Society of Upper Canada has released a guide that it hopes will clarify its statement of principles requirement.

  • Debate most useful

    Nov 27, 2017

    Any lawyer looking for debate is sure to find it with their peers. The amount of discussion set off over requiring lawyers to sign a statement of principles has been a heady surprise.

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