Understanding class-action lawsuits

Class-action lawsuits provide a “low risk” option for those seeking justice, says Toronto civil litigator Darryl Singer, who is leading the Capital One database breach claim. Read more

Questions remain over ‘laudable’ 911 service change proposal

The provincial government’s proposal to amend regulations around how ambulance and the 911 services work has some laudable goals along with potential hotspots, says Toronto health lawyer Elyse Sunshine. Read more

Decision-making time should count towards Jordan deadlines

Judges should be required to deliver their decisions within deadlines set by the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) or risk breaching defendants’ Charter rights, says Toronto criminal lawyer Jill Presser, who will appear before the nation’s top court this month representing an intervenor in an appeal involving the issue of delay. Read more

Judgment could have impact on condo industry: Mackey

A recent court ruling that saw a condominium owner lose her unit due to the actions of her tenant is good news for condo residents but could have a “chilling effect” on investors, says Toronto condominium and commercial litigator Megan Mackey. Read more

‘Knowledge and approval’ will challenges tough to prove: Smith

Litigants face an uphill battle when challenging a will on the basis of the testator’s lack of knowledge and approval, says Toronto estate litigator David M. Smith. Read more

Seek legal advice for professor abuse of power: Tsinman

In the academic environment, a student-professor relationship can start as one of mentorship but may slip over the line into one of intimacy and manipulation, placing someone in an uncomfortable power dynamic, says Toronto family lawyer Inna Tsinman. Read more

Strigberger offers up humour to keep presentations lively

Stress and anxiety are parts of everyday life, but humourist and author Marcel Strigberger believes humour is a great way to cope with most situations people face. Read more

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