Strong, confident, competitive - Part 2Litigation boutiques once thrived on the work big law firms couldn’t keep for conflict of interest reasons, but today, specialized litigation firms say they’re going head to head with those same big shops on some of the most complex and high-stakes files. “It seems that the market has recognized that it’s not the number of lawyers that matters, it’s the quality and the knowledge of a very specialized area,” says Richard Vachon, managing partner at Quebec-based Woods LLP, one of the top 10 vote-getters in this year’s Canadian Lawyer survey of litigation boutiques.
Published in Features
Monday, 11 January 2016 09:00

Bearing bad news

Bearing bad newsWe all lose sometimes. My first big loss was after a full trial where we had a very strong case, both on the facts and the law.
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Monday, 04 January 2016 09:00

Hryniak two years on

Illustration: Huan Tran
Illustration: Huan Tran
Since she began practising with Osler Hoskin & Harcourt LLP in Calgary a decade ago, Kelly Osaka has been a front-line witness to the access-to-justice crunch in Canada’s courts. As Alberta’s population exploded, so, too, did the demands on court time and judicial resources. Litigation files, meanwhile, became bigger than ever, fuelled by electronic document discovery and other practices that built delays into the system. Osaka’s commercial clients, who could presumably afford the cost of a lengthy trial, began balking at the prospect and asking for alternatives.
Published in Features
Tuesday, 29 December 2015 09:00

New grounds for litigating

New grounds for litigatingDefence lawyers are grappling with how to wrap their minds around the implications of a recent ruling that could mean costly and drawn-out litigation for companies faced with environmental damage lawsuits brought by aboriginal communities.
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Is CHCH newsroom now operated by ‘related employer?’Newsroom staff suddenly let go from their jobs at a Hamilton, Ont., television station may still be able to get severance from their former employer even though it declared bankruptcy.
Published in Latest News
As defined-contribution and combination plans continue to make headway as the designs of choice for many employers in Canada and the United States, litigation risk for sponsors is on the rise.
Published in Latest News
Monday, 08 June 2015 08:00

A take on presumption of prejudice

A take on presumption of prejudiceAs a litigator, there are many things that wake me at 2 a.m. Sometimes, it’s my arguments for an upcoming motion where I know I will have an uphill battle. Other times, it’s a pending meeting with a difficult client who is not going to like what I have to say, though I am duty-bound to say it. (And let’s be honest — a lot of the time, it’s my kids.)
Published in Web exclusive content
Monday, 11 May 2015 08:00

Dealing with those nuisance claims

Dealing with those nuisance claimsWe’ve all had them. The claim that lands on your desk and, from the very first read through, promises to live up to its colloquial name: a nuisance.
Published in Web exclusive content
Monday, 27 April 2015 08:01

Taking stock of food fables

Taking stock of food fablesOn its labels and in its advertising, including its web site, Vitaminwater is classified as a “nutrient enhanced water beverage,” by Glacéau, the Coca Cola subsidiary that produces the popular drink.
Published in InHouse Cover Story
Monday, 23 March 2015 08:00

The Red Rocket’s litigator-in-chief

The Red Rocket’s litigator-in-chiefWhen you suggest to Brian Leck, the general counsel of  the Toronto Transit Commission, that he’s running the ultimate personal injury practice, he readily agrees. “Oh, I think so,” he says. “We are a target. Toronto is becoming more and more litigious.”  
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