• Lawyer punished for student’s social media use

    Lawyer punished for student’s social media use

    Feb 4, 2019

    Ontario’s Law Society Tribunal Hearing Division said a lawyer’s “unfamiliarity with social media appears” to have been a significant contributing factor in his failure to adequately supervise his articling student.

  • Act impacts estate litigation

    Feb 4, 2019

    On Jan. 1, 2004, the Limitations Act, 2002 came into force in the province of Ontario. It has since acted as a restriction to the commencement of proceedings in civil litigation claims, including estate litigation.

  • Progress to be made on mental health

    Jan 28, 2019

    In the last several years, thankfully, the Law Society of Ontario has finally started to recognize the true diversity that exists in our profession.

  • How to address mental illness and lawyers

    Sep 24, 2018

    In a pair of recent decisions — Law Society of Ontario v. Burtt, 2018 ONLSTH 63 and Law Society of Ontario v. Yantha, 2018 ONLSTH 94 — the Law Society Tribunal grappled with what accommodation for mental illness is required in terms of discipline imposed by the Law Society of Ontario.

  • Is LSO discipline catching up with the times?

    Aug 6, 2018

    I’m frequently asked how I think the legal profession in Canada is doing in being more thoughtful, compassionate and constructive around issues of mental health and addictions among its members.

  • Imperfection rules

    Jul 23, 2018

    If much of modern technology focuses on extracting the messiness and toil out of life (like automated cars and artificial intelligence, for example), then one could assume that the law exists to clarify matters when things, indeed, go wrong. And go wrong they will.

  • LSO tribunal looks at mental health

    LSO tribunal looks at mental health

    Jul 23, 2018

    A Law Society of Ontario tribunal has decided to move forward with the termination of a lawyer’s licence, in a decision that included a lengthy analysis of the lawyer’s mental health issues.

  • SCC ruling sends a clear message around civility

    SCC ruling sends a clear message around civility

    Jun 11, 2018

    The lawyer at the centre of the civility debate in the profession says the Supreme Court of Canada has sent a message to law societies that there should be very careful deliberations before initiating a similar disciplinary proceeding in the future.

  • Case dismissed over failure to accommodate

    Case dismissed over failure to accommodate

    Jun 4, 2018

    A Toronto lawyer has had the discipline case against him dismissed in a ground-breaking tribunal decision that found the Law Society of Ontario failed in its duty to accommodate his disability under the province’s Human Rights Code.

  • Mental health

    Jun 4, 2018

    There’s a kinder, gentler way mental health is being approached by the legal profession.

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