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Canadian Legal Newswire

Mathews Dinsdale

Editor’s Note

Our sister publication Canadian HR Reporter, has launched the inaugural National HR Awards. For 2015, 11 awards are up for grabs — including Employment Lawyer of the Year. They're not looking for the biggest name in Canadian employment law, but for for the lawyer who made a significant difference over the last year. That could be because of a pivotal case that was won, or a body of work.

To nominate yourself, or one of your colleagues, visit www.nationalhrawards.com for more information. The nomination deadline is July 31.

Carol Bierbrier


Bid to force articling positions shot down
Law Times
Members of the legal profession shot down a motion that proposed forcing law firms to take articling students at the Law Society of Upper Canada's annual general meeting last week.

Lessons from the Nortel case
Law Times
One of the lawyers involved in the Nortel Networks Corp. proceedings says the biggest lesson to take away from the difficult cross-border trial is the need for an international insolvency adjudication forum.

Hohots case shows need for 'massive reform': Eberts
Law Times
The disciplinary case of Viktor Hohots, a lawyer suspended last week for failure to adequately serve his clients, reveals the need for "massive reform" in the way lawyers represent refugee claimants, says constitutional lawyer Mary Eberts.

How prepared are Canadian businesses for CASL's impact?
Canada's anti-spam legislation is broad and complex, with many uncertainties.

Emond Harnden


Web-based system gives Apotex better billing predictability
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
Tracking law firm invoices can be a time consuming task for any legal department, but especially so when you're managing the legal affairs of a pharmaceutical company with many external providers.

OSC widens net: enforcement for non-Canadian securities
Former OSC chairman Ed Waitzer comments on the Ontario Securities Commission's decision to enforce misconduct over non-Canadian securities.

Families struggling with attendant-care limits
Law Times
With attendant-care benefits limited since Feb. 1, 2014, to the amount of a family member's actual economic loss, families have been struggling to care for their relatives under the new regime as their advocates look for ways to help them find any tool available to provide assistance.

Two Crowns appointed to Ontario court bench
Law Times
Former Crown attorney Julie Bourgeois will take her place as a judge of the Ontario Court of Justice this week. Click
here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.

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Amicable endings
Canadian Lawyer, online
While most clients come want a somewhat scientific explanation of their obligations and risks on termination, Twila Reid arguesin her column, The Twila zone, that the biggest risk is tied to how well the art of ending the employment relationship is performed.

Articling in-house can enrich student and department
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
Fernando Garcia, in his In-house Coach column notes that we are starting to see more and more opportunities become available for summer and articling positions with in-house legal departments. This change has been further advanced through programs like the Law Practice Program in Ontario, which provides articling alternatives beyond those of the traditional law firms.

Plenty of opportunities for Canada to improve trade with China
Law Times
In his Trade Matters column, Patrick Gervais goes over several recurring themes in the trade relationship between Canada and China he sees taking centre stage in the next few years.



Making time to give back
Canadian Lawyer, online
For most lawyers, there simply are not enough hours in the day and, as such, they have to consciously select the recipients of their charitable efforts. In her Trial by Fire column, Kristal Bayes offers some food for thought about how lawyers should choose where to spend their precious hours.

One lawyer's wish list for change from newly elected benchers
Law Times
Defence lawyer William Trudell, in this week's Speaker's Corner, notes the embarrassingly low number of eligible voters who cast ballots in the recent LSUC bencher election. Lawyers, he says, should be critical of the apparent disinterest in who governs the profession.

Commentary on the Compact
Canadian Lawyer, online
Family lawyer Brahm Siegel continues his argument in favour of what he calls the Compact, a simple set of standard procedures he proposes be used in all cases involving marriage contracts and cohabitation agreements.

Join a cause
Canadian Lawyer, online
In her Make it Count column, Simone Hughes writes that some of the greatest relationships you will ever make are working for a cause close to your heart. You will find that it will lead to some of your best win-win future business relationships.

Readers Choice

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