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Leamon creates ‘judgment-free zone’ in criminal practice

Establishing a personal connection with every client is fundamental to a successful defence strategy, says B.C. criminal defence lawyer Sarah Leamon. Read more

Detailed home reno contract ensures contractor’s cash flow

Since a contractor’s primary focus during any home renovation is to be paid for the work, it’s vital to have a clearly written contract precisely detailing what the project encompasses and the costs involved, says Barrie civil litigator Scott Hawryliw. Read more

Still more to do on issue of shared parenting: Ludmer

There are “favourable trends” when it comes to shared parenting, but there is still room for improvement, Toronto family lawyer Brian Ludmer tells 770 CHQR Radio in Calgary. Read more

Downs featured in Canadian ‘cop’ documentary at TIFF

The Toronto International Film Festival’s (TIFF) red carpet will be welcoming Jim Downs, managing director of MKD International Inc., when a documentary about the lives of retired police officers premieres next month. Read more

Call to condo lawyer would have saved corporation time, money

A condominium management team that objected to a Jewish condo owner attaching a mezuzah to the doorframe of his residence highlights the importance of seeking legal advice before taking action, says Toronto condominium lawyer Audrey Loeb. Read more

Disability clause important part of shareholders’ agreement

A well-drafted shareholders’ agreement should include provisions specifying what will happen in the event of disability, says Toronto business lawyer Anton Katz. Read more

JDLG Kids Club to focus on enhancing children’s lives

Inspired by her young son, and with a desire to help the clients who made it possible for her to recently open her own boutique law firm, Fredericton family lawyer and mediator Jennifer Donovan is launching the JDLG Kids Club. Read more

How to communicate the ADR way

Most disputes are best resolved through some form of ADR — either alternative or appropriate dispute resolution, Toronto arbitrator Marvin Huberman writes in the summer edition of the ADR Institute of Ontario’s newsletter. Read more

Case serves as a warning to commercial hosts: Brown

Commercial hosts should be held to a higher standard than someone holding a party in their home when it comes to their liability for intoxicated guests, says Ontario personal injury lawyer Patrick Brown. Read more

Structured settlements a good bet for most injury victims

Structured settlements are often in the best interest of seriously injured accident victims facing years of medical and attendant-care needs, says Toronto personal injury lawyer David Derfel. Read more

Contractor or full-time staffer — weigh benefits, drawbacks

The pros and cons of contract work versus full-time employment should be understood by both employers and individuals so they can make the decision that is right for them, says Toronto employment lawyer Doug MacLeod. Read more

Lifelong passion for justice leads to legal profession

Toronto employment and human rights lawyer Mika Imai grew up with a passion for social justice but found herself at a crossroads after completing her International Development Studies B.A. Read more

SCC to weigh in on ride-sharing arbitration clause

A 2017 Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) decision may be the best indicator for how it will rule this fall when it hears an appeal of a ruling that shot down a ride-sharing giant’s arbitration clause as illegal and "unconscionable," Toronto employment lawyer Christopher Achkar tells the Canadian Bar Association’s National magazine. Read more

Privacy lawyer joins Kate Dewhirst Health Law

As she celebrates the third anniversary of launching her own firm, Toronto health lawyer Kate Dewhirst is welcoming senior lawyer Megan Ferrier to assist in taking on a new area of practice. Read more

New rule may curb practice of paying HST out of benefits

Lawyers for injured plaintiffs are hopeful that a recent change to clarify the requirement for insurers to pay HST over and above accident benefit limits will increase compliance with the law and allow individuals to preserve room in their benefit entitlement, says London personal injury lawyer Maia Bent. Read more

Reflecting on evolution of murder trials over five decades

Drawing on five decades of experience in representing people accused of murder, Toronto criminal lawyer John Rosen says Ontario’s judicial system has evolved into one of the best in the world. Read more

Discussing your split is a social media taboo when divorcing

People going through a divorce should stay off social media or at least avoid discussing their failed marriage and ex-partner online, says Toronto family lawyer Leanne Townsend. Read more

Mediation the key to uncovering future working relationships

Mediation can uncover opportunities for a continued working relationship in employer-employee disputes, says Toronto mediator and settlement counsel Mitchell Rose. Read more

Professional development program LSO accredited

A tailor-made continuing professional development program provided by Neesons, a Veritext Company, helps lawyers and their staff to better serve clients with varying degrees of hearing loss, says founder and principal Kim Neeson. Read more

Tips for successfully defending against class actions

Toronto civil litigator John Campion has been defending institutions against class actions almost from the inception of Ontario’s class proceedings regime more than 25 years ago. Read more