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Custom suite of financing solutions adds value for PI clients

While litigation funding often adds value to a personal injury client’s file by making up for the shortfall when an insurer terminates benefits, one recent case shows that a number of financing arrangements can also be used together at a reasonable cost to tailor a comprehensive solution, says Dawn Simons, client relations manager at CaseMark Financial. Read more

Door open for recovery of interest on disbursement funding

Ontario personal injury lawyers should consider taking the cautious step of integrating interest recovery as part of their overall disbursement account at settlement — which may help reduce what has traditionally been an uphill battle with courts who have been resistant to the concept, says Amanda Bafaro , Chief Risk Officer of Toronto-based specialist litigation finance firm BridgePoint Financial Services Inc. Read more

Navigating the litigation funding and insurance market: choosing a funder

In the final instalment of a two-part series of TheJudge Global’s guide to the litigation funding and insurance market, Katie Armstrong reviews the factors clients should take into consideration when choosing a litigation funding provider. Read more

Cyber-hygiene tips help lawyers add value

Lawyers are in the perfect position to help their clients grasp some of the basics of cybersecurity, says Ryan Duquette , principal of Oakville-based Hexigent Consulting. Read more

Many options exist for lawyers looking to change career path

Lawyers looking for career options beyond law firms and sole practitioner life need to reflect, remain open-minded to new opportunities and think outside their comfort zone, Toronto lawyer and certified executive coach Michael Bury tells . Read more

Crucial to have full financial picture in the event of an accident

A new survey that reveals one in five working Canadians wouldn’t be able to come up with $2,000 for an emergency expense is alarming, but not surprising, Easy Legal Finance Inc. president and CEO Larry Herscu tells . Read more

International investigations key part of cross-border deals

International investigations can form part of a company’s due diligence in cross-border deals, says Jim Downs , founding partner and managing director of MKD International Inc. Read more

Empower workplace to report bullies: Koster

Long-term care facilities that want to reduce workplace bullying must empower bystanders to report bad behaviour, says Toronto workplace violence and elder abuse consultant Denise Koster. Read more

A delicate dance: marketing in the legal profession

Jaye Hooper, chair of The Federation of Ontario Law Associations (FOLA) tells Law Times she worries about the impact on the public’s perception when litigators advertise "free" services, noting that while initial consultations are often without charge, even contingency-fee arrangements can create economic exposure. Read more

DivorceMate kicks off Western roadshow for new Cloud product

DivorceMate Software Inc. will host free lunch and learn sessions and a training seminar in western Canada on its new Cloud product line, says Canadian legal software supplier Michael Perlman. Read more

Investigator unearths false claims of harassment

A woman’s claim of sexual harassment at the office seemed like a slam-dunk case until Toronto forensic accountant and investigator Dave Oswald discovered information that the employer hadn’t been able to unearth. Read more

Use of customs agents for traffic stop interpretation raises concerns

Police should handle their own language interpretation services rather than calling in border officers for assistance, Brampton lawyer-linguist Suzanne Deliscar tells . Read more

Think before you ‘quip from the lip’

Using humour in serious situations involves some risk but, with the right checks and balances, it can provide much-needed levity to legal and other proceedings, humourist and author Marcel Strigberger tells Read more

Hooper to chair FOLA's upcoming plenary session

Jaye Hooper, chair of The Federation of Ontario Law Associations (FOLA), will chair the association’s plenary session, which takes place Nov. 7-9 in Waterloo. Read more

Making the business case for AI in law firms

The role of artificial intelligence (AI) in the legal profession is expanding, and lawyers should be thinking about the opportunity it presents, says Carla Swansburg , vice-president and general manager for the Canadian operations of the legal technology company Epiq. Read more