Monday, May 22, 2017

Former Superior Court of Justice Maurice Cullity is the winner of the Ontario Bar Association Award of Excellence in Trust and Estates Law.

“I feel greatly honoured to receive the award,” Cullity told Law Times in an email.

In 1979, Cullity joined the law firm of Davies Ward & Beck and was a partner there until 1997, when he was then appointed to the Ontario Court of Justice (General Division), now the Superior Court of Justice, according to the OBA.

After Cullity left the court, he returned to private practice writing opinions on estates matters until his eventual retirement at the end of 2014.

“Maurice has left a legacy of multiple achievements in the development of the law in the areas of estate planning, tax, estate and trusts, and this OBA award of excellence represents a small token of respect and appreciation from those he touched,” said Archie Rabinowitz, partner at Gowlings WLG, in a press release.  

Cullity will be honoured at an award dinner on May 31 in Toronto.
Erin Dann has received the Dan Soberman Outstanding Young Alumni Award from Queen’s University.

This is not the first award for Dann, who graduated from Queen’s Law, where Dann won the Medal in Law for achieving the highest cumulative average in the class of 2007, according to a press release from Queen’s University.

“Since entering private practice in 2010,” said dean Bill Flanagan in presenting the award, “Erin Dann has quickly emerged as one of Canada’s brightest young criminal defence lawyers.”

As well as working on high-profile cases, including several appearances before the Supreme Court of Canada, Dann is a session co-ordinator for the Supreme Court Advocacy Institute, speaks regularly at continuing legal education seminars and lectures at Osgoode Hall Law School.

“Any measure of early success in my career is due in large part to my experience at Queen’s Law and to the many members of the faculty and staff who took a personal interest in my development as a law student,” said Dann in the press release. “They continue to offer me support and guidance.”

Allen & Co. LLP and Berkeley Counsel announce the merger of their law practices to form Ingenuity LLP in Toronto.

Since 2010, the firms have approached every client relationship with the same goal — to provide top-tier legal advice at a small-firm cost, Ingenuity said in a press release.  

Beyond its experience in traditional areas of corporate law practice, Ingenuity said it has particular expertise in drafting shareholder agreements, advising restaurateurs and retailers in establishing new venues, establishing and selling solar power generating facilities in Ontario, representing issuers and agents in the areas of mining finance and M&A, advising technology start-ups and advising employers on wrongful dismissal, workplace human rights and sexual harassment issues.

A Law Times column states that privacy may be a quasi-constitutional right but it does not receive the protection that it deserves. We asked readers if they think there is a need to overhaul the Privacy Act.

Sixty-nine per cent said yes, there are legitimate reasons for Canadians to be concerned about the protection of personal privacy, while 31 per cent said no, the laws are fine as they exist now.

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