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A two-tier system for cross-border practice?
Law Times
Immigration lawyers who purchase a permit to practise foreign laws from Ontario are calling on the Law Society of Upper Canada to crack down on violators who ignore the requirement.

Top Boutiques: Success at all levels
Canadian Lawyer
In the second instalment of this month's Top Boutiques feature, we list the top-rated boutiques in tax law, as well as those specializing in wills, trusts and estate law.

Top 10 business cases of 2014

The Supreme Court of Canada is very much alive to business and its concerns: that's the clear message from Lexpert's 2014 top business decisions, which, for the first time, has all 10 cases on the list emanating from the high court.

Quebec Innu win right to sue Rio Tinto
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
An Innu First Nations group in Quebec has won a battle in the Quebec Court of Appeal over the right to proceed with a $900-million lawsuit against a subsidiary of mining giant Rio Tinto.



Galati questions appointment of law prof to appeal court
Law Times
Should members of the bar who haven't been practising law for some time be eligible to join the bench, including the Ontario Court of Appeal? That's one of the questions following the recent appointment of a constitutional law professor to the appeal court.

Critical rulings show risks of going paperless, lawyer says
Law Times
A Hamilton, Ont., personal injury lawyer says his firm is the "poster child" for the risks of going paperless after ending up on the receiving end of a series of critical rulings from local judges.

Video: Flip Your Wig relaunched
Law Times
After its inaugural campaign last year, Flip Your Wig has returned as legal organizations aim to raise awareness about access to justice. At last week's launch of the campaign, Law Times talked to some of the lawyers, about why they're donning wigs for the justice cause.

Odds ever in law students' favour at Law Games
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
Dalhousie University's law school made the hometown crowd proud coming out as the overall winner of this year's Law Games.

Hull & Hull


Bilateral "prosecution highway" patent program gets good reviews
In 2013, Canada and 12 other countries agreed to participate in a new Global Patent Prosecution Highway pilot program that expanded the number of countries that could be used as offices of earlier examination for the purpose of fast-tracking the examination of patent applications as between the participating countries.

Appeal court puts end to different rules for rural, urban drivers
Law Times
As the debate over the right to be forgotten continues, many criminal lawyers have found themselves in the position of dealing with concerns from clients that stories about them remain on the Internet even if their legal matter goes in their favour.

Renos to Brampton courthouse
Law Times
Lawyers, staff, and litigants at the busy courthouse in Brampton, Ont., are getting some relief. Click here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.

Couzin Taylor


Let the debate begin
Law Times, editorial
With a federal election on the horizon, it's worth taking a look at what the parties are saying about justice policy.

In a free society there is no right not to be offended
Canadian lawyer, online
In 2005, one of Canada's national newspapers ran a spirited defence of free speech in light of cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad published in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten. It was a thoughtful, well-argued, and passionate defence of freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and the freedom to insult. Except that the paper refused to print the cartoons! Good grief, writes Tony Wilson in his Letter from Law Law Land column. They're cartoons, not bullets.

Is Google search evidence admissible?
Canadian Lawyer, online
While generally speaking searches may be inadmissible, in the appropriate cases and when used and presented in the right manner, there is certainly a case to be made for reliance on search engine results, writes Ben Hanuka in his column, The Future Files.

New taxes likely as government battles financial mess
Law Times
In his Inside Queen's Park column, Ian Harvey writes that, despite relative quiet from the province these days with the legislature on break until Feb. 17, the majority Liberal government is busy setting the stage for its next big play: the spring budget.

Goddard Gamage


Bayens v. Kinross: the Securities Act leave test revisited
Canadian Lawyer, online
In Margaret Waddell's Trials & Tribulations column, she writes about Bayens v. Kinross, in which the Ontario Court of Appeal follows up on its decision in Green v. CIBC. In Bayens, Justice Eleanore Cronk elaborated on the leave test as articulated by the Ontario Court of Appeal in the earlier case.

Governing law and forum in Chinese contracts
Canadian Lawyer, online
China contains roughly 20 per cent of the world's population. So it is not surprising then that companies conclude that to be truly successful on a global scale they need to have a well thought out China strategy, writes Renato Pontello in his column, Practising In-house.

2014 saw many positive developments in trade law
Law Times, online
With trade a key issue for the federal government, it's worthwhile to review a few major developments relating to Canadian bilateral investment treaties in 2014, writes Patrick Gervais in his column, Trade Matters.

Millar Kreklewetz

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McCague Borlack


This week's Law Times poll
Should the justice system loosen the rules against cameras and other devices in courtrooms? Click here to have your say in the weekly Law Times poll.

Dolden Wallace


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Case law

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