By Julius Melnitzer | June 24, 2022
UK COURTS FED UP WITH REMOTE SHENANIGANS
A UK Magistrates Association report concludes that 76 percent of magistrates oppose continued remote hearings. Defendants appearing remotely, respondents said, appeared to take the process less seriously, as evidenced by their “appearing while in the bath, being half naked, smoking and treating the process like social media”. According to the UK Law Society Gazette, the report concluded that audio and video links negatively impact communications and participation, particularly for vulnerable court users.
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OCA: ALLEGATIONS ALONE DO NOT START LIMITATION PERIODS IN SOLICITORS’ NEGLIGENCE CASES
The Ontario Court of Appeal has allowed Georgian Properties Corporation’s lawsuit against Toronto law firm Robins Appleby LLP to proceed. Georgian alleges that Leor Margulies, head of Robins’ real estate group, and A
In allowing the appeal from Dow’s judgment, the Court of Appeal made two key points. The first was that whether damage has occurred in a solicitor’s negligence action “will not generally turn on compliance by third parties with their obligations under documents or instruments prepared by the solicitor”; rather, the issue called for an examination of “matters such as the validity and enforceability of the documents and instruments that were prepared”. The court also noted that “the mere fact that allegations are made in a proceeding that could trigger a claim for solicitor negligence if successful should not automatically signify that the [discoverability] requirements of the [Limitations] Act are met and that the party with the potential claim must immediately commence action against the solicitor(s)”.
LANGLOIS CHAIR NAMED ACTL FELLOW
The American College of Trial Lawyers has inducted Sophie Perreault, chair at Quebec firm Langlois Lawyers, LLP, as a Fellow. Her induction is the first of a Canadian woman who practises commercial litigation mainly in French.
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DELLELCE MAKES TRANFORMATIONAL GIFT TO OTTAWA LAW FACULTY
Toronto securities lawyer Perry Dellelce, co-founder and managing partner of corporate finance boutique Wildeboer Dellelce, and his family have donated $5 million to the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law Common Law Section. The Susan, Perry, Taylor and Nicholas Dellelce Legacy Fund will seed the renovation of Fauteux Hall, the school’s home, and endow future deans’ priorities in perpetuity. In recognition, the deanship, the first to be titled in Canada, is now called the Susan & Perry Dellelce Dean.
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Julius Melnitzer is a Toronto-based legal affairs writer, ghostwriter, writing coach and media trainer. Readers can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or https://legalwriter.net/contact.