Expert witness testimony key in Charter violation ruling

The defence in a B.C. drug trial has made effective use of an expert witness to demonstrate that a police dog’s behaviour did not justify the search of a man’s vehicle, says Ottawa criminal lawyer Céline Dostaler. Read more

Workplace investigation final reports must be defensible

A workplace investigation requires a conclusion and a report, says Toronto employment lawyer and mediator Stuart Rudner. Read more

Tax planning essential for Canadian owners of U.S. property

For Canadians who own real property in the United States, staying proactive, complying with U.S. tax rules and regulations and staying on top of pre- and post-sale planning are essential to ensure they don’t lose money on an otherwise potentially profitable investment, says Oakville-based U.S. tax attorney (NY, DC) Alexey Manasuev. Read more

Mass tort vs. class action — which is right for your case

Mass tort litigation is a better fit for some plaintiffs than class actions, says Oakville personal injury lawyer Meghan Walker. Read more

Joining corporate registries — do I need a lawyer?

People looking to add their firm to a provincial corporate registry can do it by themselves, but they’d be better off in the long run if they consulted a corporate lawyer first to ensure everything is done correctly, says Edmonton corporate lawyer Kirk Goodman. Read more

Neesons court reporters trained to aid in guarding privilege

Properly trained court reporters can help lawyers protect solicitor-client privilege, says Neesons, a Veritext Company, founder and principal, Kim Neeson. Read more

LAT ‘fully entitled’ to make awards in bad faith claims

A recent Court of Appeal decision has opened the door for accident victims who are poorly treated by their insurers to pursue bad faith claims at the Licence Appeal Tribunal (LAT), says Ontario personal injury lawyer Patrick Brown. Read more

MacDonald addresses Commons committee on military harassment

The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) must do more to protect its female members from discrimination and harassment, says Toronto employment lawyer Natalie MacDonald. Read more

Patient fights off defamation claim by former surgeon

A woman sued by her former surgeon is relieved after successfully dismissing a defamation claim brought by the doctor, says her counsel, Toronto personal injury lawyer David Derfel. Read more

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