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Lawyers confused at stance on document review

Yamri Taddese - Monday, March 23, 2015

The Law Society of Upper Canada is investigating lawyers who work for document review companies to ensure what they’re doing isn’t legal work outside of an authorized law firm, but how it’s applying the rules has confused some people.
“Whether document review services constitute legal services depends on the specific nature of the review being done,” said LSUC spokeswoman Susan Tonkin.

“The Law Society Act defines legal services as the application of legal principles and legal judgment.”

The determination depends on several factors, she noted. “As set out on LawPRO’s web site, document reviewers who assess privilege, determine relevance, and identify documents which are beneficial or prejudicial to the client’s or other parties’ legal posit...


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Controversies put lots on plate for Muslim women lawyers

When Legal Aid Alberta lawyer Amna Qureshi walks into court, the hijab on her head is the last thing on her mind. There are clients to fight for who may be homeless or suffer from mental illnesses and can’t afford a lawyer.

Lawyer with sloppy office found not guilty of fraud

Superior Court judge has acquitted a former lawyer charged with fraud after finding that while he was “a model case of imprudent lawyering,” he had doubts about whether he was seeking personal gain in failing to register second mortgages for clients.

Editorial: Let suspects dial a lawyer

When it comes to the right to counsel, is it enough for police to ask detainees if they know of a lawyer they’d like to contact and then dial the number for them?

Letter: Lawyers not to blame for auto insurance costs

It is not enough that the Insurance Bureau of Canada and its insurance clients have control of every aspect of the lives of innocent accident victims, but they now want to monitor how personal injury lawyers structure their fees.

Speaker's Corner: Case offers guidance on privilege in workplace investigations

Superior Court Master Donald Short’s recent decision in Howard v. London (City) has turned the spotlight on the importance of workplace investigations and the law with respect to privilege relating to the investigator’s report.

Personal Injury Law: New ruling establishes that any financial outlay is an economic loss

A recent Financial Services Commission of Ontario arbitration decision has confirmed that any financial outlay by a service provider can qualify as an economic loss within the meaning of the definition of “incurred” in subsection 3(7)(e) of the Ontario statutory accident benefits schedule.

Bencher election: LSUC hoping for boost in voter turnout

With voter turnout having lagged in recent Law Society of Upper Canada bencher elections, the regulator is hoping efforts this time around will help boost the numbers.
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Focus: Indcondo dispute drags on

A 23-year-old legal dispute between a real estate developer and his bankrupt former business partner is heading for a third trip to the Ontario Court of Appeal after a partially successful fraudulent conveyance claim resulted in the voiding of two property transfers that took place more than two decades ago.

Inside Story

Monday, March 23, 2015

LSUC SEEKS $400K IN COSTS FROM KOPYTO
The Law Society of Upper Canada is seeking costs of $400,000 from Harry Kopyto in relation to his unsuccessful bid for a paralegal licence.

Calling it “the longest licensing hearing ever held,” the law society wants Kopyto to shoulder the costs of the 51-day proceeding.

“The 51 days of hearing on the merits were almost all consumed by the candidate’s daily and meritless complaints and attacks on the law society, his disrespectful refusal to comply with the panel’s rulings, and his general lack of respect for the law society’s process,” the law society argued in its cost submission.

“Particularly during the 18 days when he gave direct evidence, the candidate came to the hearing without any notes or any plan for the day. His evidence was rambling, unfocused, and repetitive,” according to the law society.

Following his disbarment in 1989, Kopyto continued to provide paralegal services and, when the Law Society of Upper...

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