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Guarded optimism for 2015

Yamri Taddese - Monday, January 19, 2015

As falling oil prices add another wrinkle to already-uncertain economic conditions, several law firms are expressing guarded optimism that they’ll be able to weather the storm and continue to adapt to changing markets this year.
Lower oil prices will “undoubtedly” mean challenges for some oil and gas producers but they also present opportunities for clients in other sectors, says Brock Gibson, chairman of Blake Cassels & Graydon LLP.

“Oil prices have been volatile in the past and are clearly volatile over the last few months,” says Gibson.

“They are generally priced in U.S. dollars, so the drop in the Canadian dollar mitigates some of that. It will undoubtedly create some challen...

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Editorial: An apt judicial censure

It’s hard enough finding and affording childcare in this country, let alone negotiating schedules around work hours.

Why is personal injury bar so against ABS?

With alternative business structures promising to be a key focus of debate for the legal profession this year, it’s clear significant opposition will be coming from at least one part of the bar: personal injury lawyers. But what is it about the idea that has them so worried?

Judge calls out lawyers for lowballing trial estimates

The Ontario Court of Justice says it’s taking steps to better assess estimates of trial times after a judge in Halton region lamented “a chronic problem” of counsel lowballing the time it would take to complete a matter.

Editorial: Beer battles brewing

It’s turning out to be the year the Beer Store finally came under major scrutiny.

Speaker's Corner: A new approach to resolving questions of law on pretrial motions

It has become accepted wisdom that Ontario’s civil justice system is in crisis. While some areas of civil procedure have recently received considerable attention from those looking at reform, most notably summary judgment, the discussions have largely ignored other aspects. One of them is the law on pretrial motions to resolve questions of law.

Focus: Municipalities grappling with location of marijuana facilities

The promise of a fledgling industry about to burst onto the Canadian scene has led many to startups lining up to cash in on green gold.

Inside Story

Monday, January 19, 2015

The Law Foundation of Ontario has a new chairman with Paul Schabas taking over the role from Mark Sandler.

Schabas took on the role on Jan. 1 after serving as a trustee since 2007. A media lawyer and partner at Blake Cassels & Graydon LLP, he has also served as chairman of Pro Bono Law Ontario and a director of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association. He’s currently a bencher of the Law Society of Upper Canada as well.

“I look forward to building on the significant achievements of my predecessor,” said Schabas of his new role.

Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP has admitted 16 new partners at its offices across Canada and Britain.

Five of the new partners are in Ontario. Commercial litigation lawyer Brent Arnold, corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions lawyer Rob Blackstein, and restructuring and insolvency lawyer Frank Lamie have joined the Toronto office. Procurement...

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