Monday, February 27, 2017

BARBARA HENDRICKSON JOINS PALLETT VALO LLP IN ASSOCIATION
Barbara Hendrickson has joined Peel Region business law firm Pallett Valo LLP in association.

Hendrickson, who is the CEO and founder of BAX Securities Law, has more than 20 years experience in corporate finance, capital markets and real estate syndication areas.

She has previously worked in large nationwide and international firms and has served as senior legal counsel at the Ontario Securities Commission.

Bobby Sachdeva, Pallett Valo’s managing partner, says Hendrickson brings senior securities and corporate finance experience to the firm.

“We are very pleased to have her join our team,” he said.

Called to the bar in Ontario in 2003, Hendrickson has also been called to the bars of B.C. in 2010, Manitoba in 1986 and Alberta in 1984. She went to law school at the University of Calgary Law School, where she specialized in natural resources law, and she continued her education at the University of Toronto, where she received an LLM and specialized in administrative law.
She also completed a Masters of Tax Law at Osgoode Hall Law School.

Hendrickson is also the founder of the Toronto Business Lawyers Association and a past member of the Small & Medium Enterprises Committee of the Ontario Securities Commission.

Hendrickson’s practice, which specializes in real estate syndication and private equity, as well as venture capital and investment funds, is considered one of the top corporate securities boutique firms in Canada.

RYSERSON’S LIZ, OSGOODE’S WINKLER INSTITUTE WIN TECH GRANTS
The Law Foundation of Ontario has awarded grants to youth-led tech projects that tackle access to justice issues.

Initiatives from Ryerson University’s Legal Innovation Zone and the Winkler Institute of Osgoode Hall Law School have won the one-time grants.

The LIZ received $50,000 for a project that will develop a number of workshops focused on the legal needs of urban youth.

The law foundation awarded the Winkler Institute $54,083 for a “design-thinking” initiative that will look to develop technological solutions to the need to build a justice system reflective of indigenous traditions. Indigenous youth will take part in the project along with experts in youth justice.

FORMER PMO ADVISOR JOINS GOWLINGS
A former senior advisor to the Office of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has joined Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP.

Cyrus Reporter was Trudeau’s chief of staff before he became prime minister.

Reporter has joined the firm as a partner practising in the areas of public policy and regulatory issues.

LAW TIMES POLL
After the Supreme Court of Canada set out a framework to assess the independence to expert witnesses, litigators have different opinions about whether it’s too difficult to exclude expert evidence on the basis of bias.

Readers were asked what they thought of the issue.

Every respondent said yes, it remains very hard to get this evidence excluded, but this may change as trial court judges pay more attention to the backgrounds of expert witnesses.

No respondents said no, it is not hard to get this evidence excluded, as the courts continually refine the role of experts in both criminal and civil litigation.

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