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ABS firm’s expansion offers new fodder for Ontario debate

The recent news that Australia’s Slater & Gordon, the world’s first publicly listed law firm, was buying the professional services arm of the British insurance claims processor Quindell for the equivalent of $1.16 billion is bound to give Ontario opponents of alternative business structures plenty of grist for the mill.
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Hamalengwa ‘will go to my grave’ denying overbilling was intentional

Following his disbarment for overbilling the Ministry of the Attorney General, lawyer Munyonzwe Hamalengwa says his actions were unintentional and blames the stress of defending Richard Wills for his mistakes.

Auto insurance rancour heats up

The rancour among personal injury lawyers and the insurance industry continues to heat up with both sides trading accusations over who’s responsible for high insurance premiums in Ontario.
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Bencher election: Push to elect more solicitors gathers steam

As the campaign for the Law Society of Upper Canada bencher election nears the end, some lawyers are hoping voters will send more solicitors to Convocation this year.

Should prosecutors be able to run for political office?

An Ottawa federal prosecutor is seeking judicial review of a Public Service Commission decision that bars her from running for political office.

CLA to push for more certificate work as rate hikes end

As Legal Aid Ontario implements the last of a series of tariff hikes for certificate work, the next push from the private bar will be convincing LAO to invest more in certificates rather than expanding staff lawyer duties, says the Criminal Lawyers’ Association.

Who are the top-earning lawyers in Ontario's public sector?

Who were the biggest earners among public-sector lawyers last year?

Lawyer disbarred for writing fake orders

The Law Society Tribunal disbarred a Mississauga, Ont., lawyer last week after he admitted to fabricating numerous court orders, endorsements, e-mails, and notices.

Bencher election: Candidates weigh in on ABS

Prominent among the issues candidates in the Law Society of Upper Canada bencher elections have been weighing in on has been the question of alternative business structures.

Clinics bogged down by disability support applications

A deluge of disability appeal work rooted in flawed Ontario Disability Support Program application and medical review processes may eat up a big chunk of newly available funds for expanded legal aid services, according to legal clinics.
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Legal profession considers finer points of artificial intelligence

University of Toronto assistant law Prof. Anthony Niblett knows exactly how to teach students, but what about teaching computers?

Police granted extra 12 months to try to crack suspect’s computer encryption

It’s not quite The Imitation Game, but in a case demonstrating the difficulties of some criminal investigations, an Ontario Superior Court judge has granted Ottawa police another 12 months to try to crack the password on the hard drive of a college student’s laptop computer because of its “complex” encryption.
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Who's right in the continuing battle between personal injury lawyers and the insurance industry over who's responsible for high auto insurance costs?
Personal injury lawyers. The insurance industry makes plenty of money.
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