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

An ounce of prevention could save your business: Harris

It’s important for companies to assess their level of exposure to fraudulent activities that, left unchecked, could devastate your business, says forensic accountant and chartered business valuator Patricia Harris. Read more

Experience is vital to navigate complex financial matters

When dealing with equalization in family law matters that involve complex assets, make sure the right people are involved, says Mississauga family lawyer Deepa Tailor. Read more

Cautionary tales highlight importance of CASL compliance

Recent enforcement actions related to Canada’s anti-spam legislation (CASL) contain a number of cautionary tales for businesses, and more are likely on the way — underscoring the need for companies to ensure any communications they send out comply with the law, says Toronto business lawyer Inga Andriessen. Read more

Post-investigation issues – what they are, how to handle them

When the ink is dry on a workplace investigation, the job is far from done, says Toronto employment lawyer and mediator Stuart Rudner. Read more

First-time homebuyer program beneficial outside GTA: Samaroo

The federal government’s new homebuyers program could help many get that elusive dream home, but it’s not expected to have much of an effect on those living in high-priced urban centres like Toronto and Vancouver, says Toronto real estate lawyer Sarita Samaroo. Read more

Points to consider in selecting a suitable mediator

People who choose to resolve disputes through alternative dispute resolution (ADR) should opt for a mediator who has proficiency in the field, says Brampton civil litigator Edwin Upenieks. Read more

Removing executor of a will cannot be done on a whim: Horst

Removing the executor of a will is a difficult proposition — and for good reason, says Toronto wills and estate lawyer Marlin Horst. Read more

Unbundled services ideal for simple divorces

Unbundled law services give self-represented litigants better access to justice because they are affordable and effective, says Toronto family lawyer Numan Bajwa. Read more