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Sex assaults, big frauds, drug offences likely to end up with jail time

When seeking a conditional sentence for your client, it's important, say members of the defence bar, to take a principled approach.

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LSUC member fees top $1,500 for 2006

Lawyers in Ontario can expect to pay increased Law Society of Upper Canada membership fees in 2006, after benchers approved a 4.7-per-cent increase to invest in regulatory programs and support library services.

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Law firms becoming more client-centric: report

Delivering exceptional client service is the end goal for any law firm regardless of size, but the increased competition among law firms is having a profound impact on the profession.

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Whose law society is it anyway &#151 redux

In late spring, Convo-cation, after receiving two reports, passed new measures that materially change aspects of the discipline process for Ontario lawyers. Although they are significant changes, it is interesting that meaningful consultation outside the Law Society of Upper Canada does not seem to have occurred.

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Focus On - Lawyers lobby CMHC to drop title insurance

Lawyers have launched a lobbying campaign to persuade Canada Mort-gage and Housing Corp. to drop its plans to include title insurance in its package for people who buy its mortgage insurance.

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Another layer of regulation unnecessary for small practices

The Law Society of Upper Canada and the voluntary legal associations in the province have to work together to help sole practitioners and small firm lawyers flourish, say the president the Ontario Bar Association and chairman of the Country and District Law Presidents' Association.

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Dunbar becomes general counsel at Fraser Milner

While the role of general counsel is commonplace in many Canadian companies, the role is now beginning to appear in law firms to deal more efficiently with internal policies and procedures.

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Subtle differences emerge in the way men and women do business

Lori M. Duffy recalls that when she was coming up for partnership some 15 years ago, the marketing of law firms was a relatively new concept.

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John Douglas Arnup, 1911-2005

That's History

 John Douglas Arnup, one of the great Ontario lawyers of the 20th century and one of the great leaders of his profession too, died Oct. 5. He was 94 and had been ill for some time, but I find myself thinking he died too soon. Certainly there were legal history projects that he never lost interest in, and that I would have been grateful to have heard more about.

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Focus On - Caution in drafting power of attorney, living wills

The Substitute Decisions Act sets the framework for dealing with one's capacity to make decisions about either property or personal care and also governs what happens if a person is incapable.

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Law firms need to be more flexible

It is possible for women to maintain a successful practice and at the same time deal with family responsibilities, but wholesale change needs to come from the way law firms operate, according to participants at a recent conference.

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Cops should get benefit of doubt: Young

A provincial court judge in Toronto has warned of the dangers of not accepting police testimony when accusations are made by people with criminal records.

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