Toxic workplaces a ‘lose-lose’ proposition for employers

Employers have economic and legal incentives to prevent toxic workplaces, says Toronto employment lawyer Soma Ray-Ellis. Read more

Parenting co-ordinators can help smooth post-divorce bumps

Parenting co-ordinators can help former spouses settle the inevitable post-divorce disputes that arise between them, says Toronto family lawyer and mediator Steven Benmor. Read more

There are consequences for backing out of a contract

If a party breaches a contract they can potentially be held liable for damages even if they didn’t benefit from the action, says Toronto civil litigator Sarah O’Connor. Read more

Introduction to condominiums: FAQs

Uncertainty abounds when it comes to condominium living — even as its popularity increases, says Mississauga real estate lawyer Jia Junaid. Read more

Portal simplifies third-party litigation funding experience

For law firms, having access to a digital environment where they can access and process all of their account information is key to saving time and streamlining the third-party funding process, says Missy Yeboah, client & operations specialist with Toronto-based specialist litigation finance firm BridgePoint Financial Services. Read more

Auto insurance reform falls short: Paciocco

A plan to allow for new types of discounts under the Ontario government’s auto insurance reforms still needs work, says Windsor personal injury lawyer Gino Paciocco. Read more

New registry could end problem of lost wills: Bernstein

A new online registry that can locate lost wills has potential benefits for the public and law firms, says Toronto wills and estates lawyer Daniel Bernstein. Read more

Decision a cautionary tale to employers to follow protocol

Employers who ignore or dismiss complaints in the workplace may pay a steep price in the courts for doing so, says Toronto employment lawyer John Donkor. Read more

Litigation funding offers law firms a competitive edge

The litigation funding market is set for explosive growth in Canada in the next five years, as the public and the legal community discover its many benefits, says Katie Armstrong, director of international development at TheJudge Global. Read more

Shareholders’ agreement key to resolving conflict, impasse

Although a shareholders’ agreement is like insurance — and most businesses are hoping they will never have to rely on it — the best time to put this document in place is when all parties are thinking equitably, and there is no money at stake, says Vancouver corporate lawyer Jonathan Reilly. Read more

Plan summer visitation, travel in advance to avoid conflict

Summer holidays can be stressful for separated parents, as custody agreements built around the schooling of children no longer work, but careful advance planning can help avoid conflicts, says Pickering family lawyer Angela Princewill. Read more

Rose launches virtual, flexible ADR practice

Toronto mediator and lawyer Mitchell Rose is launching a one-stop-shop for mediation and settlement counsel services — under the banners of Rose Dispute Resolution and Mitchell Rose Law — to provide effective, adaptable and creative legal solutions. Read more

Powerful interpretation of accepted facts leads to acquittal

Building a persuasive defence around a potentially damaging set of facts can be a tricky but effective strategy, says Toronto criminal lawyer Tyler Smith, who recently helped a client gain acquittal on three serious weapons charges. Read more

Brewer shouldn’t take Muskoka chair dispute sitting down

When protecting your company’s valuable brand, you should be prepared to fight for it, says Toronto intellectual property lawyer John Simpson. Read more

OBA criminal justice section lets lawyers broaden horizons

Toronto criminal lawyer Melanie Webb hopes to cultivate links across the bar during her term as chair of the Ontario Bar Association’s (OBA) Criminal Justice Section. Read more

Summer visitation can cause friction between exes: Heft

Summer vacation parenting time can become a flashpoint in high-conflict separations, says Toronto-area family lawyer Reesa Heft. Read more

Checklist for hiring a digital forensics investigator

Lawyers hiring digital forensics experts are too often relying on a Google search, then falling for cutesy company names offering geeks or nerds for hire because they don’t understand the field, says B.C. digital forensics investigator Tyler Hatch. Read more

Online will kits better than nothing: Urback

Online will kits are affordable and easy to use, but they deny the testator the opportunity to have meaningful discussions with a professional about individual circumstances and wishes, says Toronto wills and estates lawyer Matthew Urback. Read more

Company retreats can add value to law firm

Workplace retreats can be a valuable tool when building an efficient, profitable law firm, says Toronto legal management consultant Mark Dormer, president of Cosgrove Associates Inc. Read more

Sex assault training bill threatens judiciary independence

It’s a good thing that a bill requiring federal judges to undergo training on sexual assault died on the order table this summer, as it may have compromised the independence of the judiciary if it was passed, says Toronto criminal lawyer John Rosen. Read more