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Lawyers applaud Gravesande ruling

Neil Etienne - Monday, November 23, 2015

In a case that raises significant issues for defence counsel around their visits to clients in custody, many Toronto lawyers are applauding an Ontario Court of Appeal ruling that set aside a drug-smuggling conviction against a colleague.
On Nov. 13, the appeal court ordered a new trial for veteran Toronto defence lawyer Deryk Gravesande after he challenged his conviction for smuggling 58 grams of marijuana to a client he was visiting at the now-defunct Don Jail in 2012.

Henein Hutchison LLP’s Scott Hutchison, who handled the appeal of Gravesande’s conviction, says there were several reasons for taking on the case. “One, he’s well loved in the legal community and the prosecution had really tested his resources, and, secondly, the circumstances of the case engaged issues that the...

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A look at Cassels Brock’s class action appeal

Litigation related to the class action involving Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP continues with the firm appealing the $45 million in damages assessed against it in July and its third-party claim against 150 lawyers from across the country heading to a jurisdictional hearing in early December.

Justice minister mandated to review Ottawa’s litigation strategy

With this fall’s changing of the guard in Ottawa, lawyers are hoping for legal reforms with the new justice minister charged with reviewing the federal government’s litigation strategy.

Editorial: Saying goodbye

One of the more interesting aspects of researching material for the special 25th-anniversary edition of Law Times last year was how little things had changed in many respects.

Speaker's Corner: Employers’ aggressive defence tactics come with hefty price tags

When companies terminate someone for misconduct, the employee is not entitled to compensation. This is nothing new as just cause for termination is usually a complete defence to any allegation of wrongful dismissal.

Focus: Saxe gearing up for new role as commissioner

On a crisp Friday morning in October, environment lawyer Dianne Saxe sits on a couch in her home office in Toronto’s Forest Hill neighbourhood. At the time, she was in the midst of wrapping up a 25-year private practice to start a new job in December as Ontario’s environmental commissioner.

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Monday, November 23, 2015

The County & District Law Presidents’ Association is rebranding itself as the Federation of Ontario Law Associations.

Earlier this month, the presidents of the 46 local law associations voted to change the name. The change reflects a feeling by the association’s executive that the CDLPA name was “cumbersome and did not reflect the full scope of what the organization meant to its membership,” according to a news release.

“It is our intent that this mandate will remain, but with the new name and ‘rebranding,’ we think it will become more clear to members and to key stakeholders that we represent frontline, practising lawyers across Ontario who are members of their local law associations,” said Eldon Horner, the incoming chairman of the organization.

“While we respect the history and tradition of the association and all those who served it as volunteers in the past, it was clear to the presidents and leadership of the association that the name...

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