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Ruling a relief for lawyers asked for friendly advice
Law Times
The Ontario Superior Court has ruled lawyers consulted by their colleagues and who don't receive confidential information in the course of the consultation may give general advice without fear that they won't be able to act in the proceedings giving rise to the request for assistance.

Ontario urged to boost support to Crowns in crisis

Law Times
Ontario's Ministry of the Attorney General should cover the cost of mental-health treatment for Crown attorneys whose condition was due to work-related stress, according to former Crown counsel.

Heated debate on alternative structures
Law Times
Despite fears about providing legal services at places like Walmart, Law Society of Upper Canada benchers unanimously voted to launch a consultation on four options for non-lawyer ownership of law firms.

Fate of faith-based law grads in law societies' hands
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
The president of Trinity Western University travelled to Nova Scotia last week to make the case for his school's proposed faith-based law program. The Nova Scotia Barristers' Society was discussing the merits of recognizing potential law graduates from the Langley, B.C., school.



Karigar could be made example of in first conviction under CFPOA
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
When Nazir Karigar is sentenced the first week of April for conspiring to bribe a foreign public official, contrary to the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act, it is likely the court will be looking to send a strong message, say legal observers.

EU moves on privacy protection
The European Union is working its way toward a wholesale reform of its data protection regime, and privacy law experts say Canadian businesses should take notice of the impending changes.

Boutiques adapting to industry changes
Law Times
Boutiques focusing on insurance defence are having to find ways to exploit or adapt to the increasingly mighty power wielded by Canada's insurance companies.

Targeting tax: the OECD, Canadian companies, and their tax lawyers
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development has its sights set on corporations structuring their businesses to eliminate their tax burden.

Video: Ontario Legal News Update
Law Times, online
Get the latest news in the Ontario Legal News Update for the week of March 10 with Law Times editor Glenn Kauth.

Ontario names 21 new JPs
Law Times
Ontario has appointed 21 new justices of the peace to the Ontario Court of Justice. Click
new to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.



Partial justice for outrageous wage rate
Law Times, editorial
Terri-Lynn Garrie may have some trouble collecting on the nearly $187,000 the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario ordered her employer to pay her as redress for the paltry wage she received for 10 years as a general labourer — but there's at least some hope the case will shed light on systemic wage discrimination against people with disabilities.

The changing landscape of legal education in Canada
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
As the Canadian population grew and the legal profession presented students with attractive career options, Canadian law schools did not keep pace with demand for places, writes University of Alberta law dean Philip Bryden in his first Law School Futures column.

Be gone, good old yellow pad
Canadian Lawyer, online
Modern note-taking software applications are available for computers, tablets, and smartphones. These are now becoming mainstream in the world at large, and slowly starting to infiltrate the old guard in the legal profession, writes Ben Hanuka in The Future Files.

Liberals look to hijack NDP auto insurance strategy
Law Times
If you're too broke to offer the electorate tax cuts at election time, what else can you do to put money back in their wallets? asks Ian Harvey in his Inside Queen's Park column.

No plan – no future
Canadian Lawyer, online
Taking even one hour to think about what legal services you want to provide, to whom, and how each party will benefit will give you a higher probability of achieving the success you desire, writes Simone Hughes in her Make it Count column.

Non-disclosure agreements and reasonable measures
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
Non-disclosure agreements typically provide that the recipient will use the same steps to protect the discloser's confidential information as the recipient uses to protect its own confidential information of a like nature, and in any event no less than a "reasonable standard of care," writes Renato Pontello in his Practising In-house column.

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