BLG appoints new partnership board chair

September 24, 2020 | By Julius Melnitzer Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (BLG) has appointed Shelley-Mae Mitchell as chair of its partnership board. Mitchell is the second woman in five years in the position. The board provides direction, oversight and governance for the firm. Mitchell is a Vancouver-based, Chambers Canada-recognized labour and employment lawyer. She’s been […]

When law firms need lawyers, whom do they call?

September 21, 2020 | By Julius Melnitzer This is the second of a three-part series on lawyers who represent lawyers When lawyers get into trouble, the reputation of an entire firm may be at stake. But the concerns of the individual lawyer and the firm can diverge. They may have different views of the […]

Artists desperate for legal help during COVID

September 21, 2020 | By Julius Melnitzer New research confirms that a multitude of legal challenges, aggravated by the “devastating” impact of COVID-19. faces the Canadian arts sector. “We wanted to prove to arts funders, like Canada Heritage and the Canada Council for the Arts (CCA), that there existed very pressing legal needs,” says Martha […]

COVID-19 forces changes on majority of law practices: Survey

September 16, 2020 | By Julius Melnitzer A new survey of 400 legal professionals across Canada reveals that 67 per cent of those surveyed expect to see, or are currently experiencing, practice-related changes due to COVID-19. “The report tells us that COVID-19 will see core businesses decline, with many lawyers looking to expand into new […]

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IIROC publishes best practices for electronic proceedings

September 16, 2020 | By Julius Melnitzer The Investment Industry Regulatory Association of Canada has published its Best Practices for Electronic Proceedings. COVID-19 saw the IIROC postpone in-person hearings or convert them into virtual hearings. The guidelines are aimed at extending greater access, and enhancing transparency and confidence in the system. “We anticipate that virtual […]

When lawyers are in trouble, to whom do they turn?

Wednesday, September 16, 2020 | By Julius Melnitzer This is the first of a three-part series on lawyers who represent other lawyers. So many people don’t like them. No surprise, then, that lawyers need lawyers. The problem is that more than a fair number of lawyers don’t care for or respect each other. So […]

UK court resolves COVID business interruption uncertainty

September 15, 2020 | By Julius Melnitzer A UK High Court decision has relieved uncertainties about insurance coverage for COVID-19 losses. The decision is not binding on Canadian courts. But it may provide considerable guidance here, where the situation has been no less uncertain. That’s because the court reviewed 21 different types of wording in […]

Canada’s privacy regime is a mess

September 11, 2020 | By Julius Melnitzer There’s a shroud hanging over the $9 million fine that the Competition Bureau imposed on Facebook in May. Facebook consented to the administrative monetary penalty, the largest privacy noncompliance fine imposed in Canada. Some observers tout it as a landmark conclusion to the Bureau’s two-year long investigation into […]

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Litigation funders launch $10 billion worldwide group

Wednesday, September 9, 2020 | By Julius Melnitzer Twelve litigation and arbitration funders with $10 billion to spend have launched a global association, the International Legal Finance Association (ILFA). The ILFA was incorporated in Washington, D.C. and has a significant presence in London. It bills itself as “the global voice” of the industry, which it […]

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