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October, 2017
  • Some Alternative Business Structures approved

    Some personal injury lawyers are concerned that new Alternative Business Structure initiatives approved by the Law Society of Upper Canada are the beginning of a slippery slope toward non-lawyer ownership of law firms. LSUC benchers approved a motion at their September meeting to allow non-profits and charities to provide legal services through practitioners.
  • OCA clarifies Insurance Act amendments

    The Ontario Court of Appeal has clarified that 2015 amendments to the Insurance Act could apply to actions that were brought forward before changes came into force. In complimenting decisions of two cases heard together on appeal — El-Khodr v. Lackie and Cobb v. Long Estate — the court found that a new prejudgment interest rate applied to actions brought over motor vehicle accidents that predated the legislation.
  • Convocation nixes ‘Upper Canada’ in LSUC

    Some lawyers say changing the name of the Law Society of Upper Canada is just a distraction from the real work that needs to be done in order to address barriers to access to justice. The law society’s governing body, Convocation, voted to discard “Upper Canada” from the regulator’s name at its September meeting. Benchers will consider a new name in November.


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    Broken system needs an overhaul

    Bringing paralegals into a broken court system is not the solution to providing efficient, cost-effective access to the legal system. The court system is complicated and arduous.
  • Gabrielle Giroday

    Editorial Obiter

    About time

    In May, a Law Times columnist wrote a piece exploring the colonialist legacy inherent in the name of the Law Society of Upper Canada. “As a lawyer, I am required to pay membership fees to an organization whose title includes the name ‘Upper Canada.’

Focus On

  • Wave of anti-SLAPP rulings to come

    The Ontario Court of Appeal is expected to issue rulings this fall in a half-dozen cases related to the province’s so-called anti-SLAPP legislation, which was enacted in the fall of 2015.
  • Modern technology needed in civil courts

    During his tenure on the Superior Court, the frustrations expressed in rulings by Justice David Brown about the failure to make use of modern technology in the civil courts was not noted only by the legal community in southern Ontario.
  • Legal community watching class action

    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.
  • SCC may look at vicarious liability again

    The Supreme Court of Canada is being asked to revisit the issue of vicarious liability when there is an intentional wrong committed by an employee against a potentially vulnerable victim.

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  • Oct 2, 2017

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