Tradition in form, change in substance“You're a strange dude, Ian.”
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Monday, 06 March 2017 09:00

Bringing transparency to referral fees

For better or worse, the personal injury firm Diamond & Diamond has become the poster child for referral fees.
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‘Secret’ tools and traps to keep in mind in settlement negotiationsAs a civil litigator now practising as a settlement counsel and mediator in Ontario, I discovered certain legal tools that are useful for promoting early dispute resolution. However, ignorance of these provisions may prove hazardous and turn the tools into traps. As these provisions are not well known, I think of them as “secret.” I am revealing just three to you, but there are many others.
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How to respond to perceived racism by another lawyerAs lawyers, we are trained in dealing with conflict. But when that conflict takes the form of discrimination, we may be at a loss for words.
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Monday, 06 February 2017 09:00

What’s fair? It depends

Lawyers are often criticized for a lack of decisiveness. When clients come seeking legal advice, what they are often looking for is strategic advice, and a muddled answer can drive clients crazy. They may ask a lot of questions, but “what should I do?” is usually the most important one, and “it depends” is most often not the answer they want.
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After facing a major financial crisis, non-profit organization Innocence Canada will be receiving funding from the Ontario government and the Law Society of Upper Canada.

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Video: Organization for wrongfully convicted gets funding boostAfter facing a major financial crisis, non-profit organization Innocence Canada will be receiving funding from the Ontario government and the Law Society of Upper Canada.
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Sink or swim: The academy and the bar in Canada must move forward togetherI have from time to time been critical of what I consider a tendency to isolationism in the academy and bar in Canada. In my view, this has worked to the disadvantage of both of us. 
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Is it baffling to anyone else that at a time when so many aspects of the legal profession are being reconsidered in terms of how work gets done and what lawyers learn in law school that the Law Society of Upper Canada is suggesting it wants to cut short an innovative new model to train lawyers for the future?
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Killing the LPP and resistance to innovationSo the Law Society of Upper Canada has been invited by one of its committees to deep-six the Legal Practice Program. Convocation is set to vote on a proposal by the Professional Development and Competence Committee on Nov. 9. The question now is, “What next?”
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