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LSUC zeroes in on personal injury advertising

Alex Robinson - Monday, June 27, 2016

Some participants in a new Law Society of Upper Canada report say public confidence in the legal profession is being hurt by advertising for personal injury law — a finding those in the field say is abundantly obvious.
The Advertising and Fee Arrangements Issues Working Group Report unveiled at June Convocation says: “in personal injury law, some firms are understood to heavily advertise both to attract work that they can take on themselves and to attract clients who could be referred to other personal injury lawyers in exchange for referral fees.

“Most participants accepted that advertising is here to stay, although some would seek to ban it outright on the claim it has led to the commoditization of personal injury and other practice areas, eroded the public perception of lawyers, and threatens the a...

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Delivery modernized but more progress needed

Few legislative amendments will bring the delivery of franchise disclosure documents into the 21st century, lawyers say.

Judge slams application to seize cash from man

A large amount of cash found on someone detained by police cannot on its own be sufficient evidence to forfeit the money to the province under its Civil Remedies Act powers, an Ontario Superior Court judge has ruled.

Editorial: Sunlight needed

“Publicity is justly commended as a remedy for social and industrial diseases. Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants; electric light the most efficient policeman.”

Speaker's Corner: Energy conservation: Let’s get serious

After 40 years practicing law, I have just submitted my first report as your Environmental Commissioner of Ontario, called “Conservation: Let’s Get Serious.”

Focus: Spike in expropriation work noted by lawyers

As subway and LRT projects grow across Ontario cities, municipal and land use lawyers say they’re getting an “incredible amount of work” in what they call a very specialized area of the law.

Inside Story

Monday, June 27, 2016

When Shara Roy was first transferred to St. Michael’s Hospital with her twin daughters last June, she was scared.

The Toronto lawyer gave birth to her babies six weeks early and what was supposed to be an otherwise joyous event had become traumatic. But any worries she had quickly disappeared as the doctors and nurses at the hospital’s Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit doctors worked to reassure her.

Roy, who is a partner at Lenczner Slaght Royce Smith Griffin LLP, is now joining a group of lawyers who are putting on a fundraising dinner — called Malachy’s Soiree — to raise $500,000 for the St. Michael’s NICU.

“This will really go towards modernizing the equipment that is available at the St. Mike’s NICU,” Roy says.

Last year, the dinner raised $200,000, which went towards buying a ventilator resuscitator machine.
The event’s second year hopes to fund infant resuscitator beds for the delivery...

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