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Prof touts ABS plus

Adding fuel to an already-raging debate on alternative business structures, the Law Society of Upper Canada has released a report laying out the wide-ranging perspectives it has received from the profession so far on whether to let non-lawyers own law firms.
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Arbitrator’s removal reignites debate over med-arb

A mediator-arbitrator removed from a case for apprehension of bias says he was simply giving the parties what people sign up for when they choose that particular method of alternative dispute resolution.
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Move towards online dispute resolution gathers steam

A report prepared by legal futurist Richard Susskind for Britain’s Civil Justice Council suggests online dispute resolution is emerging as the latest threat to lawyer participation in the provision of legal services.
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Youth want bigger voice at Convocation

Solicitors aren’t the only ones concerned about their level of representation at Convocation. A few young lawyers running in the election say they also want in with one of them starting a Twitter hashtag, #younglawyerswantin, to press the issue.

IBC wants regulation for personal injury lawyers

The Insurance Bureau of Canada says it would like to see regulatory oversight of how personal injury lawyers structure their contingency fees due to what it calls a major gap in transparency in the auto insurance system.
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Court rejects attempt to blame articling student for delay

Highlighting the relationship between lawyers and their articling students, a Superior Court master, in upholding an order dismissing a personal injury action as abandoned, has taken issue with a law firm that laid blame on a student with mental-health issues.
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Should lawyers deliver clothes to clients?

What happened to Laura Liscio, a criminal defence counsel recently arrested at the Brampton, Ont., courthouse, could happen to any lawyer “but for the grace of God,” colleagues say.

Social media campaigns take off as bencher nominations close

As nominations for the 2015 bencher election close, the real competition begins. And with the campaign officially underway, several lawyers have been quick to get their social media efforts up and running.

Appointment of military judge to Superior Court a first

A 35-year-veteran of the Canadian military is among the latest round of judicial appointments in Ontario announced by the federal government.

Ontario’s e-cig law unconstitutional: prof

Ontario’s proposed legislation to control the use of e-cigarettes is unconstitutional, according to a University of Ottawa law professor.
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The miracle of motions court

After years of motions backlog in Toronto, lawyers say change is finally in the air at the Superior Court as a new initiative encourages judges to manage cases and not just motions.
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