Restrictive covenants in employment contracts must be reasonable

Companies that want employees to sign non-competition or non-solicitation agreements have to ensure these documents are appropriately structured or else they will not be enforceable, says Toronto employment lawyer Ellen Low . Read more

Ford not hitting on all cylinders but on the right road: Rastin

Ontario’s Conservative government deserves praise for many initiatives announced in its first year in power, though it's at the risk of making serious missteps in some areas, says Barrie-area personal injury lawyer Steve Rastin . Read more

Legal legend Campion has done it all during five decades in law

Toronto civil litigator John Campion calls himself the Forrest Gump of 1968. Read more

Lawyers Financial developing retirement plan for legal community

The legal community may soon be able to get in on the ground floor of an “innovative” retirement plan designed specifically for lawyers and their staff, says Dawn Marchand , vice-president of marketing, product and direct distribution for Lawyers Financial. Read more

Electronic monitoring can tip the scales in difficult cases

Electronic monitoring is an important factor that courts consider when deciding whether to grant bail to a person who might otherwise be detained, says Steve Tan, partner with Recovery Science Corporation (RSC). Read more

Concerns over police using facial recognition tools 'very real'

Canadians should urge their governments to follow the lead of San Francisco and ban the use of facial recognition tools by police services, Toronto criminal lawyer Jill Presser tells The Lawyer’s Daily . Read more

When to choose a jury in a medical malpractice case: Cahill

In complicated medical malpractice cases, the plaintiff’s lawyer often struggles with the decision of whether to take the case to a jury, Toronto personal injury lawyer Paul Cahill writes in The Lawyer’s Daily . Read more

How to legally get out of a lease: Murray

Fixed-term leases aren’t as iron-clad as they might appear to a landlord or tenant who wants to get out of their contract, says Ottawa paralegal Amri Murray. Read more

Hexigent principals join RSM Canada

Clients will reap the benefits of Ryan Duquette and Jason Green’s move from Hexigent Consulting to RSM Canada , including access to a global network and wider service offerings. Read more

Pilot’s victory classic application of anti-SLAPP law: Winkler

The dismissal of an airline’s $10-million defamation claim against a former pilot is a textbook case of anti-SLAPP legislation in action, says Toronto lawyer and mediator Howard Winkler, who acted for the pilot. Read more

Little-known board helps with children's aid society disputes

Ontarians locked in a dispute with a children’s aid society over fostering or adoption issues can expect a quick and fair hearing from a remarkable, but little-known tribunal, the Child and Family Services Review Board, says Toronto family lawyer Gene C. Colman , whose firm recently secured a favourable decision for a foster family seeking to adopt three children. Read more

Criminal appeals true test of lawyer's mettle: Dale

Arguing a criminal appeal is one of the biggest tests a lawyer will face, requiring meticulous preparation and strong advocacy skills, says Toronto criminal lawyer Laurelly Dale. Read more

Seven ways to make any law firm run better

Humourist and author Marcel Strigberger says his "Seven Simple Ways to Diffuse Problems and Prevent Trouble" approach can help make any law firm run smoother. Read more

Introduction to condominiums: the basics

Prospective homeowners should seek advice before leaping into the unique world of condominium ownership, says Mississauga real estate lawyer Jia Junaid. Read more

Case affirms confidentiality – even without specific clause

A recent Superior Court of Justice case reinforces the importance of confidentiality in mediated settlements, St. Catharines family lawyer Sharon Silbert tells Law Times . Read more

Workplace investigation, mediation roles are apples and oranges

Organizations faced with workplace conflicts may be required to call in an independent investigator to uncover the root cause of the issues and make recommendations but they shouldn’t, as a general rule, retain the same person to mediate, says Toronto mediator Bernard Morrow. Read more

It's a different ball game as Raptors face branding challenges

After winning their first NBA championship, the Toronto Raptors’ court battles continue as the team and one of its star players have different fights to protect their brands, says Toronto intellectual property lawyer Taras Kulish. Read more

LSO statement of principles likely to fall: Rosen

Ontario lawyers are already obliged to uphold the law in an unbiased and impartial manner, whether with their colleagues or the public, so it is understandable why many are upset that they have to endorse a statement of principles addressing equality, says Toronto criminal lawyer John Rosen. Read more

Scales tipped in insurer's favour with LTD claims

Insurance companies are ramping up their scrutiny of long-term disability claims and employing tactics to deny benefits, Toronto personal injury and disability lawyer Nainesh Kotak tells Benefits Canada . Read more

Divorce Act amendments a long time coming: Siegel

Long-awaited changes to the Divorce Act that replace outdated language and reflect a modern approach to parenting are a welcome update, Toronto family lawyer Brahm Siegel tells Law Times . Read more