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Two-year trial deadline repealed under new rule change

Some lawyers are expressing relief following the repeal of rules that automatically dismissed actions for delay after two years if they hadn’t made their way onto a trial list.
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Windsor lawyer in hot water for alleged misuse of client funds

WINDSOR, Ont. — The Law Society of Upper Canada is seeking an interlocutory suspension of Windsor lawyer Claudio Martini’s licence following an investigation into allegations that large amounts of money he had received had gone to “questionable purposes.”

LAO lawyers see promise in RCMP ruling

Legal Aid Ontario staff lawyers who’ve been fighting for the right to join a union say the Supreme Court’s recent endorsement of collective-bargaining rights in Mounted Police Association of Ontario v. Canada (Attorney General) is a victory for them as well as the Mounties.

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?
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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.
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Guarded optimism for 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.
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Galati questions appointment of law prof to appeal court

Should members of the bar who haven’t been practising law for some time be eligible to join the bench, including the Ontario Court of Appeal?
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Critical rulings show risks of going paperless, lawyer says

A Hamilton, Ont., personal injury lawyer says his firm is the “poster child” for the risks of going paperless after ending up on the receiving end of a series of critical rulings from local judges.
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A two-tier system for cross-border practice?

Immigration lawyers who purchase a permit to practise foreign laws from Ontario are calling on the Law Society of Upper Canada to crack down on violators who ignore the requirement.
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Colleagues offer their thoughts on Greenspan’s magic

As a high school student, Michael Lacy could barely have imagined meeting his idol Eddie Greenspan, let alone working with him one day.

HRTO applies Penner in letting case proceed despite earlier LSUC dismissal

A Toronto lawyer has failed to quash a former employee’s discrimination complaint at the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario even after a Law Society of Upper Canada investigation cleared him in regards to the same allegations.

Class action lawyers hoping for clarity on carriage

Class action lawyers are hoping the Divisional Court ruling will bring some much-needed clarity to carriage motions after it agreed to a hearing on the tightly contested battle to lead the multibillion-dollar claim against Barrick Gold Corp.
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