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BARE BONES BRIEFS: Universal NDA coming? | Dismissal damages breach 24-month barrier | FC approves largest Canadian LFA ever | NextGen Roster: younger, affordable arbitrators

By Julius Melnitzer | April 21, 2021 Standardized NDA imminent? The world may see a “universally standardised” template for non-disclosure agreements (NDA) in just a few weeks. According to the Law Society Gazette. the OneNDA initiative, founded by The Law Boutique in the UK in February, now has the support of three magic circle firms […]

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BARE BONES BRIEFS: Crown seeks juror challenge for transgender bias | Dismissed: first privacy class action heard on merits | Young lawyers suicidal | GC workload crisis: EY | Painworth expands | Best law firm webinars

By Julius Melnitzer | April 8, 2021 Dismissed: first privacy class action heard on the merits Quebec Superior Court Justice Florence Lucas has dismissed the first class action regarding the loss of personal information that has been heard on the merits in Canada. Anne Merminod in Borden Ladner Gervais LLP’s office in Montreal, lead counsel […]

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Cybersecurity: Nine tips to Mitigate legal and regulatory liability

April 2, 2021 | By Reciprocity Labs staff With technology’s numerous benefits come ever-increasing cybersecurity risks. As hackers devise innovative methods of infiltrating business systems, devastating cyber-attacks have become prevalent. Due diligence and compliance are more important than ever. To be sure, compliance is a challenge for some businesses, but one that fades in the […]

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BARE BONES BRIEFS: Lawyers’ rights & dating sites; No consent, no videoconference, says OCA; Alexander Holburn joins Legalign; Best law firm webinars & bulletins

By Julius Melnitzer | March 31, 2021 Lawyers’ dating sites Can’t find love because practising law takes too much out of you? Try Lawyr, the UK-based international dating site “For lawyers and the people who want to date them”. The Times says the site “is perfect for those seeking a brief encounter”. Lawyers, says Jonathan […]

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SCC planning “judicial haircut” for BCCA in rectification case?

March 29, 2021 | By Bill Innes, guest contributor The Supreme Court of Canada’s (SCC) decision granting leave in Collins Family Trust has set up another battle on the limits of the doctrine of rectification. In 2016, the high court’s rulings in Fairmont and Jean Coutu restricted the doctrine as a tax planning tool. The […]

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Good faith in contracts: did the SCC blow it?

By Julius Melnitzer | March 25, 2021. This is the first article in a two-part series. The Supreme Court of Canada’s (SCC) recent decisions in C.M. Callow Inc. v. Zollinger and Wastech Services Ltd. v. Greater Vancouver Sewerage and Draining have reactivated the polarizing debate about the court’s interpolation of the “duty of good faith” […]

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TFSA, RRSP, and CPP Changes to Expect in 2021

March, 25, 2021 | By Laura Edwards The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) implements significant tax law changes every year. For instance, in 2020, the CRA announced at least eight revisions, including some changes to the Home Buyers’ Plan (HBP) and taxes on journalists. While there are several revisions this year as well, it’s three of the […]

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BARE BONES BRIEFS: U.K. leaves GDPR; Mortgage broker licensing requirements exemptions; Arbitration & the pandemic; EAPO launches pharmaceutical register

By Julius Melnitzer | March 16, 2021 U.K. abandons GDPR U.K. culture secretary Oliver Dowden says the country will strike its own data adequacy agreements with other countries. Although the U.K. has already secured such an agreement, still in draft, with the EU, it does not intend to “copy and paste” the EU’s rulebook, known […]

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Top 10 business decisions of 2020 part two: From termination and tax to good-faith contracts

By Julius Melnitzer | March 12, 2020 This is the second of a two-part series listing the Top 10 Business Decisions in Canada for 2020. The first part dealt with cases ranked 6-10. This article ranks the top five in ascending order. 5. Waksdale v. Swegon North America Inc. 2020 ONCA 391 Ultimately, Waksdale stands for the proposition that […]

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Anticompetitive regulatory risk on the rise: COVID’s role

By Julius Melnitzer | March 2, 2021 COVID-19 and its economic aftermath have cast a dark shadow of regulatory risk on businesses coping with Canada’s competition laws. There are two reasons: the first is that regulatory enforcement of corporate laws tends to be at its highest in bad times; the second is that that our […]

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