Expertise should not trump skill in mediator selection

When trying to find the right person for the job, mediation skills are much more important than subject-matter expertise, says Toronto lawyer and mediator Eric Gossin. Read more

See a lawyer before signing termination agreement: MacLeod

It’s important to get legal advice before accepting a termination package to ensure you are getting the best possible deal, says Toronto employment lawyer Doug MacLeod. Read more

MKD’s experienced staff keeps watchful eye during strikes

MKD International Inc. can help ensure fair play by all parties during strikes and labour disruption, says founding partner and managing director, Jim Downs. Read more

Duty to accommodate predicated on disability

It's a growing trend in Ontario for condo residents to try to circumvent pet bans by claiming their dog is an emotional support animal, but there are many misunderstandings around the legalities of the issue, says Toronto condominium lawyer Warren Kleiner. Read more

Track data for bias on youths steered clear of court

Police should be required to compile data on youths who are suspected of committing violent crimes but are diverted from the courts, says Toronto criminal lawyer John Fennel. Read more

Donovan’s grand opening celebrates client, community relationships

Seven months after Fredericton family lawyer and mediator Jennifer Donovan opened her boutique family law firm, she says there’s much to celebrate, so she’s planning an official opening. Read more

Cyberbullying battle needs unified effort: Burrison

The fight against cyberbullying takes a concerted effort from individuals, internet stakeholders and governments, says Toronto personal injury lawyer Alison Burrison. Read more

Be cautious when red flags show up in acquisition process

While profitability and a healthy balance sheet are often top of mind for companies looking at potential acquisition targets, they should also be on the lookout for possible warning signs during the due diligence process, says Toronto corporate lawyer Sammy Redlick. Read more

Inconsistent policies lead to inequities in searching accused

Ontario police forces continue to conduct unnecessary strip searches despite constant criticism and admonishment from within the justice system, says Toronto criminal lawyer Roots Gadhia. Read more

Cost, time key to deciding whether to settle business lawsuit

There is no such thing as a ‘sure win’ in any dispute — and while it does make sense to litigate to a conclusion in some cases, in other situations, businesses should consider why it might be a good idea to settle, says Toronto business lawyer Inga Andriessen. Read more

Sometimes it’s prudent ‘to slow it down’ during a court case

A judge has stayed a man’s sex assault charges after Toronto criminal lawyer Lindsay Daviau argued his right to a timely trial had been infringed upon due to late disclosure. Read more

Family member immigration amnesty ‘rights a wrong:’ Jeffery

A two-year pilot project that will allow for the sponsorship of previously undeclared family members is a welcome development, says Toronto immigration lawyer Matthew Jeffery . Read more

Uphill battle for parties appealing support orders

Spouses face an uphill battle to overturn family support decisions on appeal, says Toronto family lawyer Ken H. Nathens . Read more

Kawhi takes to a different court looking for victory

Toronto Raptors superstar Kawhi Leonard’s fight to regain rights to the logo he says he created is a reminder to consider every contingency when it comes to protecting your creative property, says Toronto intellectual property lawyer John Simpson . Read more

Mediation underused for settling temporary issues in divorce

Mediation is underrated as a technique for resolving temporary or interim issues between splitting couples, says Toronto family lawyer Steven Benmor. Read more

Progressive discipline vital in just-cause terminations

Progressive discipline is critical in terminations alleging just cause, says Toronto employment lawyer Soma Ray-Ellis. Read more

Exclusion endorsements carry over to new vehicles, case confirms

Unless an insurance company removes the Excluded Driver Endorsement, excluded drivers should always assume they won’t be covered on an insurance policy — even if they purchase a new vehicle, says Oakville personal injury lawyer Jill Edwards. Read more

CosmoLex helps firms sharpen their competitive edge

Time is money and Rakesh Kabra, president of CosmoLex , says his firm’s practice management system is geared to saving lawyers both. Read more

Victim advocacy plays key role in domestic violence situations

A local women’s shelter is the best starting point for victims of domestic violence, says Toronto family lawyer and divorce recovery coach Leanne Townsend. Read more

Protecting social benefits for children with disabilities

Caring for a child with a disability is more than a lifelong commitment, and parents can ensure their loved ones are supported even after their passing with the right preparations, says Ottawa disabilities and estate planning lawyer Kenneth Pope. Read more