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If you’re not a lawyer, you cannot represent someone else in court

By Inga Andriessen Sometimes you just can’t fix stupid. I’ll double down on that statement and say all the time you cannot fix a fraudster. Recently, our firm ... Read more

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Corporate lawyers wanted: robots need not apply

The legal industry may be in the midst of a technological revolution, but don’t expect lawyers to be replaced by robots any time soon, says Toronto corporate and commercial ... Read more

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Civility between lawyers in the age of Donald Trump

By Inga Andriessen The Law Society of Upper Canada has been working very hard to improve the civility between lawyers. This is something most of us practicing law always ... Read more

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Alternative financing a solution for energy firms in current market

Traditional debt and equity market activity in the Canadian energy sector has fallen significantly due to depressed commodity prices, leading to challenges in accessing ... Read more

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Extra vigilance helps avoid conflicts of interest in business law

Although all lawyers are duty-bound to avoid conflicts of interest, this task is not always as easy as it seems, especially for those who practise business law, Toronto ... Read more

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Business case is critical for new tech legal investments

Toronto technology and business lawyer  Peter Murphy  admits many law firms could benefit from new information technologies, but he doesn’t advise ... Read more

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Condo boards empowered by ‘business judgment’ ruling

A recent Ontario Court of Appeal decision that extends the “business judgment” rule to condominiums will give condo corporations broader protection when facing legal ... Read more

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To Snap or not to Snap in business

By Inga Andriessen Do you SnapChat? Does your company? Do you have any idea what I’m talking about? You should. As a business law firm, one of our beliefs is that ... Read more

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The basics of commercial leases

Toronto business lawyer Anton Katz says a commercial lease is an important component to most clients’ businesses and before entering into one, it’s crucial to ... Read more

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Law Practice Program not fully understood by profession, benchers

More education and feedback is needed around the Law Society of Upper Canada’s Law Practice Program (LPP) before convocation votes to get rid of the pilot program, says ... Read more

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Coaching your employees to improve

By Inga Andriessen As a business firm, we frequently represent employers in wrongful dismissal lawsuits and we also help them implement policies to avoid those lawsuits. One ... Read more

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Proroguing legislature won’t derail repeal of Bulk Sales Act

Despite Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne’s proroguing of the Ontario legislature, it’s fully expected the long-awaited repeal of the Bulk Sales Act (BSA) will ... Read more

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OBA Foundation awards two fellowships for 2016-17 term

The Ontario Bar Association (OBA) Foundation has awarded two fellowships for the 2016-17 term, says Toronto business lawyer and OBA Foundation Trustee Anton Katz . In ... Read more

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It’s September — time to get those receivables in line

By Inga Andriessen September is a busy month for our firm: many businesses who were content to let receivables age over the summer turn the page on the calendar and think ... Read more

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Clear mandates for executives key task for incoming CEO

As it can be daunting to take on the role of repairing a dysfunctional executive team, a new CEO should start by ensuring that those in the C-suite have clear roles and ... Read more

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Several factors at play when boomers sell businesses

Toronto business lawyer Inga Andriessen says she has noticed a surge in the amount of older business owners who are starting to sell their companies. The greying of ... Read more

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Large expenses justified when big billings at stake

While a lawyer’s decision to expense an extravagant meal may initially raise some eyebrows amongst colleagues, the purchase can be worthwhile if it has a significant ... Read more

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Are you ready for the deadline for combatting sexual harassment?

By Inga Andriessen On Sept. 8, 2016, Ontario employers must comply with the changes to the Occupational Health and Safety Act that address sexual harassment in the ... Read more

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For those about to start law school

By Inga Andriessen It’s that time of year – students are getting ready to start law school, Law Practice Program (LPP) candidates are getting ready for their ... Read more

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OSC whistleblower policy not a game changer: Radnoff

It would be optimistic to call the Ontario Securities Commission’s (OSC) new whistleblower program a ‘game-changer’ with respect to its role in preventing fraud, ... Read more

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