Veteran Montreal litigation lawyer Gerry Apostolatos says women accounted for “maybe six per cent” of lawyers in Quebec when he started practising nearly 30 years ago.
All 70 partners with Montreal’s BCF Business Law are pooling their money in what is believed to be the first super angel fund created by a law firm in Canada.
A resolution calling on the Barreau du Québec to quash its bombshell court action against the provincial government was passed by a slim majority of the 750 lawyers who attended a rare special general meeting last night in Montreal.
The Barreau du Québec is still planning to challenge the legality of all of the province’s laws, regulations and decrees in Superior Court because they were drafted and adopted in French only, but the provincial regulator will first have to defend its bombshell motion in a rare special general meeting of its membership next week in Montreal.
The creation of a new class-action division in the Montreal judicial district that will be devoted to hearing all authorization demands is expected to both speed up and improve the management of cases by a select group of judges who are experienced and interested in that area of law.
Leading members of Quebec’s legal community are applauding the $1 billion that the provincial government set aside in this week’s budget for projects aimed at modernizing the justice system.
Both the spirit and notion of social acceptability are major driving forces behind the sweeping changes to Quebec’s environmental impact assessment and review regime that are set to come into effect this month.
Quebec’s justice ministry has been the main driver in the development of so-called therapeutic or restorative justice projects, which look at crime through the accused’s mental illness and global state rather than the legal details.
Quebec lawyers versed in green technology and a low-carbon economy are heralding the new climate-smart investment strategy announced by the massive Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec pension fund.
The family of an Ontario woman who died in a two-car crash just south of Montreal in April in a head-on collision is seeking $4 million in punitive damages from Quebec’s transportation ministry.