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  • Better simplified procedure needed in civil courts
    Ron Bohm says ‘jurors need evidence presented orally, talked through and explained.’

    Better simplified procedure needed in civil courts

    Parties’ right to a jury trial is standing in the way of an effective simplified procedure in civil courts, according to the president of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association.

  • Judge orders punitive damages against insurer
    Weston Pollard says that awards of punitive damages are relatively rare in insurance disputes.

    Judge orders punitive damages against insurer

    An Oakville, Ont. lawyer says insurers may want to rethink how they communicate their denials to policy-holders after a judge awarded punitive damages against a company for its handling of a case involving the loss of a $550,000 ring.

  • Companies urged to consider forced labour in supply chains
    Benedict Wray says more jurisdictions are adopting legislation about forced labour or child labour in supply-chain management.

    Companies urged to consider forced labour in supply chains

    A recently proposed private member’s bill amends the Customs Tariff to restrict goods manufactured by slave labour coming into Canada. John McKay, the member of parliament for Scarborough-Guildwood, introduced Bill C-423, the Modern Slavery Act in December.

  • CUSMA could encourage digital trade
    Margaret Kim says the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement ‘is really a trade agreement that reflects the 21st-century reality.’

    CUSMA could encourage digital trade

    The chapter in the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement on digital trade demonstrates the evolving nature of regulating ecommerce, say trade lawyers.

  • Delegating, hiring well key to firm success
    Lai-King Hum says social skills are as important as legal knowledge for firm staff members.

    Delegating, hiring well key to firm success

    For senior lawyers, the hope when delegating work to a more junior associate is that it will free them up for other tasks, yet the fear is also that in the end that work might have to be re-done and it ends up being an exercise in inefficiency.

  • Podcasts a unique way of getting word out
    Natalie Worsfold says a podcast she co-hosts focuses on topics such as practice management, billing and the use of technology within a firm.

    Podcasts a unique way of getting word out

    Apple Inc. disclosed at an industry conference last summer that, at that time, there were more than half a million different podcasts available for downloading on iTunes alone.

  • Clear writing important for lawyers
    Caroline Mandell says lawyers, who are writers, ‘need to focus their thinking on the readers.’

    Clear writing important for lawyers

    It has been two decades since a paper by Ontario Court of Appeal Justice John Laskin on how to write an effective factum was published by The Advocates’ Society Journal.

  • It’s all in the name for firms
    Jon-David Giacomelli says says he is not surprised that many smaller and mid-sized firms still decide to use a combination of lawyers’ names.

    It’s all in the name for firms

    The guidelines issued by the Law Society of Ontario when it comes to naming a law firm are fairly general yet common sense in nature.

  • Oral fluid testing presents problems
    Annamaria Enenajor says that, when it comes to oral fluid testing for cannabis, ‘reliability of the tests isn’t a foregone conclusion in terms of what the test actually shows.’

    Oral fluid testing presents problems

    Criminal defence and employment lawyers say that with new provisions in the Criminal Code around testing for cannabis usage, the reliability of oral fluid testing remains controversial.

  • Companies need to be aware of advertising restrictions
    Sara Zborovski says that there is uncertainty in terms of how the advertising prohibitions in the Cannabis Act are being enforced.

    Companies need to be aware of advertising restrictions

    The rules around advertising and promotion of cannabis are restrictive; however, lawyers say there is room within federal regulations to be creative if their clients are willing to assume a little risk.

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