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Shared vision unites Allen McDonald Swartz LLP and new partners

The lawyers of boutique corporate law firm Allen McDonald Swartz LLP  (AMS) say they have found kindred spirits in their new additions to the partnership. On April ... Read more

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Is there such a thing as a ‘probationary period’ for employees?

By Inga Andriessen Many people think they know a lot about employment law. Many people do. Many people know a little about employment law and get confused about its’ ... Read more

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Crucial to audit CASL policy ahead of July 1 changes

Although many companies have been paying close attention to Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) since its introduction three years ago, a new part of the law comes into ... Read more

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New law brings compliance risks for small Ontario companies

Small and medium-sized corporations are most at risk of violating a little-known Ontario law that changes the way businesses track their real estate interests, says Toronto ... Read more

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Andriessen re-elected HCLA treasurer for third term

Toronto business lawyer  Inga Andriessen  is set to begin her third term as treasurer of the Halton County Law Association (HCLA) after she was re-elected to the board ... Read more

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Bill highlights succession planning issues facing businesses

Although a private member’s bill aimed at making the intergenerational transfer of companies less restrictive is a step in the right direction, it will likely be one of ... Read more

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Who owns what when (or bona fide purchaser without notice)

By Inga Andriessen Occasionally this blog draws on recent cases in the firm and this blog is one of them. A fraudster provided a fake cheque as form of payment for a piece ... Read more

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Multiple wills could prove useful for some B.C. businesses

With probate now optional under British Columbia's new  Wills Estates and Succession Act , businesses owners in the province have the ability to create multiple wills, ... Read more

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In July you could be sued for that email you’re about to send!

By Inga Andriessen Remember a few years ago there was a lot of noise in the media about the Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation, a.k.a. CASL. If you’re a small to medium ... Read more

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Law firm, legal community resources valuable for young lawyers

Although Calgary business lawyer  Cameron MacCarthy  says it was his firm’s strong emphasis on teamwork that helped him navigate his way from summer student to ... Read more

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Split-fee agreements common when lawyers leave firm

It is not unusual for law firms to negotiate split-fee agreements that account for lawyers moving on after they have worked on contingency fee matters, Toronto business ... Read more

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Cyber security is everybody’s business

Business leaders may fail to uphold their legal responsibilities if they don't take reasonable steps to prepare their companies for cyberattacks and information security ... Read more

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Business law the perfect fit for logical thinker Saunders

Toronto commercial lawyer Bob Saunders would never have gone into the legal profession if his parents had their way. The family owned a drug store, and Saunders’ mother ... Read more

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Allen McDonald Swartz LLP receives M&A, deal of the year honour

Toronto corporate law firm Allen McDonald Swartz  was awarded a pair of honours by U.K.-based Acquisition International (AI) for its involvement in the acquisition of Wheels ... Read more

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So you want to sue a customer

By Inga Andriessen Dear future client: We look forward to helping you collect the money you’re owed from that customer you are about to do business with. We ... Read more

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Watch out for anti-spam law when marketing on social media

Businesses should ensure their online marketing activities comply with Canada's Anti-Spam Law ( CASL ), says Toronto technology and business lawyer  Peter Murphy.   ... Read more

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How about legal literacy for high school students?

By Inga Andriessen I’ve been reading and hearing a lot lately about the call for financial literacy classes in high school. This involves teaching the basics of ... Read more

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Canadian fintech companies focus more on collaboration than disruption

The dominant position of Canada’s big banks has prevented fintech firms from disrupting financial services in this country   the way they have elsewhere in the world, ... Read more

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Similar strategies can drive success in sports, business

Acquiring the best players, making sure everyone works well together and implementing problem-solving strategies are the building blocks for a winning hockey season — but ... Read more

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LoyaltyOne’s miscalculation a lesson for reward programs

The consumer backlash over LoyaltyOne’s plan to void Air Miles that are five years or older is a lesson for companies considering changes to their reward programs, ... Read more

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