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Ottawa lawyer James Bowie, accused of sexual misconduct, suspended by LSO in unrelated proceedings

Ottawa lawyer James Bowie was suspended by the Law Society of Ontario indefinitely. By Julius Melnitzer | January 2, 2023 The Law Society of Ontario has suspended embattled Ottawa lawyer James Bowie indefinitely until he responds satisfactorily to investigators’ requests to produce books and records related to his practice. When and if he does so, the […]

Lawyers may ask courts to invalidate their retainer agreements: Ontario Court of Appeal

Gavin MacKenzie says the decision will not lead to lawyers bringing a “flood of applications.” By Julius Melnitzer | December 5, 2022 In a case of first impression, the Ontario Court of Appeal has been asked to strike a written retainer agreement because it was not “fair and reasonable” to the lawyer. But the court declined to […]

Veteran litigator calls for Ontario to reinstitute KC designation

John Campion says that the late AG, Ian Scott, abolished QCs but kept his grandfathered QC when he returned to practice. By Julius Melnitzer | December 2, 2022 A veteran litigator’s call for Ontario to reinstitute the King’s Counsel designation appears to be gaining significant professional support. John Campion, currently a partner at Toronto’s Gardiner […]

Cyber resilience, not just cybersecurity, is the key to managing cyberattacks

Michael Castro says it’s impossible to be totally secure against cyberattacks By Julius Melnitzer | November 28, 2022 Cybersecurity, it turns out, is passé. According to the World Economic Forum, cyber resilience is the new standard. What’s the difference? Cybersecurity is all about foundational security controls. Cyber resilience – which the WEF calls “the defining […]

Courthouse law libraries get funding boost at Law Society of Ontario Convocation vote

Douglas Judson says courthouse libraries are “mission critical” to lawyers in remote areas. By Julius Melnitzer | November 17, 2022 The Federation of Ontario Law Associations, which penned an open letter to benchers seeking support for courthouse law libraries in the current budget, has achieved its goal. In early November, Convocation passed the 2023 budget, which included […]

OCA confirms lawyers’ duty to communicate terms of retainer clearly

Gary Boyd says circumstances can’t change the plain meaning of a contract By Julius Melnitzer | October 31, 2022 In siding with two law firms’ interpretation of a retainer agreement, the Ontario Court of Appeal has confirmed lawyers’ duty to communicate the agreement’s terms to their clients clearly. “If there is any ambiguity in a […]

How this personal injury lawyer dug deep for his client to overcome an obscure bureaucratic glitch

Andrew Rudder dug deep to change the law on catastrophic impairment By Julius Melnitzer | October 14, 2022 Andrew Rudder’s battle is a story about what fighting for your client really means. It’s tempting to say that Rudder of Rudder Law Professional Corporation, a personal injury boutique in Burlington, Ontario, is the story’s focal point. […]

LSO tribunal allows lawyer accused of theft to practise in-house pending merits determination

Gavin MacKenzie says interim orders in disciplinary proceedings are meant to protect the public By Julius Melnitzer | September 28, 2022 A Law Society of Ontario tribunal has allowed a lawyer accused of having clients send firm funds to his personal account to continue practising in-house for a family corporation until his case is decided […]

Law Society of Ontario refuses Jeremy Diamond’s plea to withdraw misconduct admissions

Veteran lawyer says the ‘horrible situation’ unmasks a system that is ‘not reliable’ By Julius Melnitzer | September 1, 2022 A Law Society Tribunal has refused to allow Jeremy Diamond to withdraw his admissions of professional misconduct, despite rejecting a joint submission that the panel impose a reprimand as a penalty for his impugned activities. “We […]

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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 […]

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