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Ontario ruling supports same sex right to marry abroad

By  Jennifer Samara Shuber In January 2013, an experienced Ontario family court judge, the Honourable Madam Justice Mesbur, ruled that a British civil union between a same sex couple would be recognized as a marriage in Ontario for the purposes of property division, support and, ultimately, divorce.  A conservative hold out, the United Kingdom does not permit same sex marriage. Same sex couples are, however, offered the parallel regime of being permitted to enter into ... Read more

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Cherniak included on leading lawyers' list

Prominent Toronto lawyer  Earl Cherniak , who specializes in ADR, has been included in the Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada. Cherniak, partner with  Lerners LLP , was recognized for his work in his ADR practice, along with appellate law, administrative and public law, corporate and commercial litigation and more. Published since 1997, The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada is a comprehensive guide to ... Read more

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Family law arbitrations: play ball!

By  Jennifer Samara Shuber Parties choose to arbitrate their family law disputes for many reasons: the privacy of the process, the cost, the ability to appoint a decision-maker who is a family law expert as opposed to our generalist judges, etc. Arbitration is, in a sense, a “private court.” One would, therefore, perhaps expect its process to mirror that of our Ontario courts. Not so, says the recent decision of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in  ... Read more

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Lessons for the arbitration community

In Arbitration Place’s quarterly newsletter The Tribunal , Toronto lawyer Earl Cherniak , who specializes in ADR, examines changes in Ontario civil litigation courts and the impact on commercial arbitration in the province.  Read The Tribunal “There has been a sea change recently in the civil litigation courts of Ontario, including case management, summary judgment procedure, and the requirement that discovery and production be subject to a proportionality analysis,” writes Cherniak, ... Read more

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Cherniak named Lawyer of the Year

High-profile Toronto lawyer Earl Cherniak , who specializes in ADR, has been included in the prestigious 2013 Lawyer of the Year round-up, compiled by Best Lawyers.  Cherniak, partner with Lerners LLP , was recognized for his work across a number of areas in addition to his ADR practice, including appellate law, administrative and public law, corporate and commercial litigation, securities law and more. Specifically, his work in insurance law was singled out for the accolade, ... Read more

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You can get through the holidays

By  Jennifer Samara Shuber Holidays are tough for many people. But when you are newly single, the idea of celebrating any holiday can be particularly difficult to fathom. Read more

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