The Ministry of the Attorney General should cover the cost of mental-health treatment for Crown attorneys whose condition was due to work-related stress, according to former Crown counsel.
Despite fears about providing legal services at places like Walmart, Law Society of Upper Canada benchers unanimously voted to launch a consultation on four options for non-lawyer ownership of law firms at Convocation on Feb. 27.
The Ontario Superior Court has ruled lawyers consulted by their colleagues and who don’t receive confidential information in the course of the consultation may give general advice without fear that they won’t be able to act in the proceedings giving rise to the request for assistance.
While the debate continues over the new mandatory victim surcharge, overshadowed in the controversy is the fact that monetary sanctions against convicted criminals have traditionally made up only a tiny fraction of surcharge revenue in Ontario and the new system may cost more to administer than it will raise for victims.
Is document review legal work? It’s a question that has implications for lawyers’ insurance requirements and one that has taken on increasing relevance given recent changes in the legal marketplace. In one case, the issue has created a rift between Deloitte and a lawyer who recently transferred to the firm as a result of its acquisition of ATD Legal Services PC in January.
Following the Supreme Court’s decision in Hryniak v. Mauldin, civil litigators say Ontario should create a new summary judgment motion procedure based on the premise of a recent guideline written by Superior Court Justice David Brown.
Veteran Toronto defence lawyer Deryk Gravesande has been found guilty of smuggling 58 grams of marijuana to a prisoner he was visiting in the Toronto (Don) Jail, a verdict that has criminal lawyers raising concerns about custodial searches.
Ontario’s Ministry of the Environment targeted “the most convenient victim” in its chemical contamination clean-up order against the directors of a now-insolvent company, say lawyers who represented company directors.
The federal government’s proposal to eliminate the immigrant investor and entrepreneur programs in the 2014 budget should come as “no surprise” for immigration lawyers, says a lawyer in the area.