Unbundled services an access-to-justice pathway: Hendrikx

Provision of unbundled services is reaching a critical mass as lawyers and consumers alike embrace the practice, says Toronto family lawyer Kathryn Hendrikx. Read more

Straight-talking Pop-Lazic empowers family law clients

“I’m pretty straightforward, but I think it does a disservice to clients when you’re not upfront with them about their chances of success, especially when they’re asking for something that is unrealistic,” Pop-Lazic, a lawyer with Jamal Family Law, tells Read more

Jamal's keen sense of justice informs family law advocacy

Clients can expect individually tailored service when they come to Oakville family lawyer Fareen Jamal. Read more

Jedlinski offers personal service to entrepreneurs

Windsor corporate lawyer John Jedlinski is in it for the long haul with his clients. Read more

Knowledge, integrity vital to Elbaz’s securities practice

Toronto securities lawyer Andrew Elbaz says understanding his clients' businesses and becoming a trusted business adviser to the boards of directors of public companies and bankers he works with is vital. Read more

The importance of time and place in mediation

Litigators could benefit from opening their minds to the possibility of early mediation and settlement, says Toronto mediator Eric Gossin. Read more

‘Uni-tasking’ can help improve productivity: Bury

The always-on technology which surrounds us has created major distraction issues in legal practices that some experts call “digital fragmentation,” says Michael Bury, a certified coach with Blue Pond Coaching, who helps professionals tune out the diversions. Read more

Relevance key in introducing evidence of past sexual history

The past relationship between the complainant and the accused cannot be introduced as evidence in sexual assault cases unless it is clearly shown to be relevant, says Toronto criminal lawyer Melanie Webb. Read more

Contractor gets undeserved second chance to prove damages

A commercial contractor will get a second kick at the can to prove his damages after a puzzling Ontario Court of Appeal (OCA) decision, says Toronto senior litigation lawyer Jeffrey Silver. Read more

Guide to out-of-province auto insurance coverage

An Ontario motorist injured in a collision outside of the province can sue for damages, says Ottawa personal injury lawyer David Hollingsworth. Read more

Full disclosure crucial when filing VDP amid program tightening

With the taxman recently taking a wider stance in aggressively pursuing past non-compliers, taxpayers making an application under the Voluntary Disclosures Program (VDP) should be sure to divulge all relevant information to their lawyer to avoid being reassessed beyond the scope of the program, says Canadian tax lawyer David J. Rotfleisch. Read more

Changes for federal employees include leave provisions

Changes to the Canada Labour Code (CLC) around paid leave for federally regulated employees could open the door for other forms of leave from work to be covered in the future, says Toronto employment lawyer Doug MacLeod. Read more

Government must update international student program: Jeffery

The federal government is on the right track in launching a new strategy to attract international students to Canada, but a fundamental change needs to be made to the study-permit screening process for it to be successful, says Toronto immigration lawyer Matthew Jeffery. Read more

Same approach problematic for common-law, married spouses

Equal property rights for both common-law and married spouses would remove an element of choice from couples about their relationships, says Markham family law lawyer Andrew Feldstein. Read more

Accord acknowledges Supreme Court independence: Hicks

An accord between Canada’s chief justice and its justice minister aimed at strengthening the independence of the Supreme Court is not legally binding but carries strong moral suasion, says Toronto criminal lawyer Christopher Hicks. Read more

Chalk one up in the fight against hunger

Neuberger & Partners LLP, Hull & Hull LLP, and the Toronto Lawyers Association will host an annual fundraising event in support of the Lawyers Feed the Hungry program in November. Read more

Mother on hook after son crashes rented minivan

TORONTO — A woman who rented a minivan is on the hook for thousands of dollars after her son, who had a suspended licence, got behind the wheel and crashed, an Ontario judge has ruled. Read more

‘Renoviction’ victims have legal options: Murray

Tenants have options when a landlord attempts a “renoviction,” says Ottawa paralegal Amri Murray, who handles cases of this nature. Read more

Indigenous communities ill-served by ‘colonial policing’

It will take more than money to solve the problem of “colonial policing” in Indigenous communities, says Alberta Indigenous rights litigator Leighton Grey. Read more

ADR clause preempts time, cost of shareholder litigation

There are several benefits to including a dispute resolution mechanism within a shareholders’ agreement, says Toronto business lawyer Anton Katz. Read more