professional regulation


  • Judge strikes lawyer’s claim against firm

    Judge strikes lawyer’s claim against firm

    Nov 20, 2017

    An Ontario judge has struck a lawyer’s wrongful dismissal claim against his former firm in a decision that lawyers say shows even practitioners need legal representation.

  • No freedom to remain silent

    No freedom to remain silent

    Nov 20, 2017

    The heated debate over the Law Society of Upper Canada’s decision to require licensees to adopt a statement of principles related to diversity and inclusion has become a distraction from the work that needs to be done. While I am in favour of the requirement, the real issue, from my perspective, is not compelled speech; it is that all lawyers, and especially white lawyers like me, do not have the freedom to remain silent on these issues if we hope to maintain the public’s confidence, irrespective of the obligations our regulator establishes. In the legal profession, promoting diversity is not about political speech or belief; rather, the public rightly expects that the justice system reflects our broader community, and so diversity is at the core of what it means to be a lawyer.

  • Statement of principles challenged in court

    Statement of principles challenged in court

    Nov 13, 2017

    As the Law Society of Upper Canada’s statement of principles is set to face renewed scrutiny at Convocation and in the courts, organizations representing racialized lawyers are questioning why the issue has been reopened in the first place.

  • Law Society of Upper Canada adopts new name

    Law Society of Upper Canada adopts new name

    Nov 6, 2017

    While the Law Society of Upper Canada has forged ahead with changing its name, some lawyers say they felt left out of the process. The regulator’s governing board of benchers voted to change its name to the Law Society of Ontario at its November meeting in order to move away from a moniker critics had said was outdated.

  • Case highlights gaps for immigrant lawyers

    Case highlights gaps for immigrant lawyers

    Oct 30, 2017

    When Philip Okpala first came to Canada as a refugee, he had a hard enough time finding any work, let alone in his chosen profession.

  • Know your rights at the border

    Know your rights at the border

    Oct 30, 2017

    Technology is wonderful. Laptop computers are getting lighter. Storage capacity on laptop computers, smartphones, USB keys and other electronic devices are up in the terabytes. What this means is that everyone, including lawyers, can travel with vast amounts of personal data and client documents dating back to or before the purchase of an electronic device.

  • Correcting the record on LSUC diversity statement

    Correcting the record on LSUC diversity statement

    Oct 23, 2017

    This fall, the Law Society of Upper Canada advised licensees that they must create and abide by an individual statement of principles that acknowledges their obligation to promote equality, diversity and inclusion generally and in their behaviour toward colleagues, employees, clients and the public.

  • Petty position

    Oct 23, 2017

    There’s an old adage: If you argue for your limitations, you get to keep them. I was reminded of this phrase recently as controversy trickled up about a statement of principles lawyers will be required to sign. The issue is, admittedly, complex.

  • LSUC statement of principles faces some backlash

    LSUC statement of principles faces some backlash

    Oct 23, 2017

    Bencher Joe Groia has also submitted a motion asking Convocation to reconsider the statement of principles and requesting that conscientious objectors be exempt from the requirement.

  • Apparent conflict of interest existed: ruling

    Apparent conflict of interest existed: ruling

    Oct 16, 2017

    The Ontario Court of Appeal has ruled that a lawyer who represented an insured had an apparent conflict of interest, as he was appointed, paid and instructed by an insurer that would have benefited from a ruling that wouldn’t be aligned with the insured’s interests.

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