Condo adjustment refunds a victory for consumers

Consumers scored a big victory when an Ontario Superior Court judge ordered refunds of huge closing adjustments paid by purchasers of brand new condo units, says Toronto condominium and commercial litigator Megan Mackey, who represented the successful litigants. Read more

Collaborative law can be win-win for divorcing couples

The benefits of collaborative law go well beyond the cost and time savings that come with staying out of court, says Barrie family lawyer Peter Harrison. Read more

Strong bail application can be crafted even with gun charges

The court of public opinion should not dissuade defence counsel from presenting a vigorous argument for bail in matters involving gun possession charges, says Toronto criminal lawyer Tyler Smith, who recently helped clients gain release pending trial in three such cases. Read more

Court rarely an option when injured on the job

A lawsuit is rarely an option for someone injured at work, says Oakville personal injury lawyer Weston Pollard, who often leads employees through the complicated legal world of workplace accidents. Read more

Issues persist with health workers understanding privacy rules

With cases of health record “snooping” continuing to emerge in Canadian clinics and hospitals, organizations should be sure that they are providing appropriate guidance and training to employees with respect to patient privacy and regularly auditing their own practices, says Toronto health lawyer Elyse Sunshine. Read more

Media strategy vital in high-profile criminal cases: Leamon

When lawyers handle high-profile cases, it’s essential that they have a clear, consistent strategy for dealing with the media, says B.C. criminal defence lawyer Sarah Leamon. Read more

Legal status of cannabis not relevant to custody and access

The legalization of cannabis for recreational use has made little impact in the world of family law, says Toronto family lawyer Lisa Gelman. Read more

Constructive dismissal claims ‘high-risk’ for employees

Claiming constructive dismissal is a high-stakes game for employees and anyone considering it should seek legal advice to ensure they have solid grounds, says Toronto employment lawyer John Donkor. Read more

Shatz honoured to act in landmark medical malpractice trial

Toronto personal injury lawyer Samantha Shatz says she feels honoured to have played a role in delivering justice to the family of a woman left quadriplegic at birth. Read more

Documenting family loans saves headaches in event of divorce

Loans made between family members should be properly documented and made known to all parties to avoid surprise claims and unnecessary complications if and when separation occurs, says Toronto family lawyer Ken H. Nathens. Read more

Annulments — A 19th century notion with a 21st century twist

A legal construct of the 1800s outlining the grounds for annulment still applies in the 21st century, though the rationale for seeking one has changed dramatically, says Toronto family lawyer and mediator Steven Benmor. Read more

Coverage not premiums should be primary focus for drivers

Drivers should focus on the amount of coverage — not premiums — when choosing car insurance, says Oakville personal injury lawyer Jill Edwards. Read more

Court-ordered sale often the fix for joint property dispute

When property co-owners disagree on whether or not to sell, an application under the Partition Act may be an effective, court-directed means to resolve the dispute, says Brampton civil litigator Edwin Upenieks. Read more

Sharing information benefits entire mortgage sector: Samaroo

Improving the professional conduct and educational standards of brokers and lenders would provide “great consumer protection,” Toronto real estate lawyer Sarita Samaroo tells The Lawyer’s Daily. Read more

Extradition order reversed, Botting’s client discharged

Canada’s justice minister has overturned an extradition order against a woman accused of abducting her children after British Columbia criminal lawyer Dr. Gary Botting argued she was placed in a legal catch-22. Read more

Booth guides employers through B.C.’s employee-friendly laws

British Columbia employers need more help than ever navigating the province’s worker-friendly employment, says Vancouver employment lawyer Melanie D. Booth, who has spent years guiding companies through the complex world of legislation. Read more

OCA right to reject tort of harassment: O’Donnell

The Ontario Court of Appeal (OCA) was correct in rejecting the tort of harassment, though it wisely left the door open to study it again in the future, says Toronto employment lawyer Sean O’Donnell. Read more

Extreme intoxication as a defence has its merits: Daviau

The section of the Criminal Code that precludes an accused from using intoxication as a defence needs to be abandoned, says Toronto criminal lawyer Lindsay Daviau. Read more

Be detailed when building a neighbour dispute case

The devil can be in the details when it comes to resolving disputes between condominium neighbours, says Toronto condominium lawyer John De Vellis. Read more

Practice management a key focus of bar admission program

With a number of young lawyers expressing concerns over the level of their practice management skills post-call, the Canadian Centre for Professional Legal Education’s (CPLED) new bar admission program aims to place a heavier emphasis on these competencies, to ensure students feel more confident as they enter the profession, says the organization’s CEO Kara Mitchelmore. Read more