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Commercial Litigation: The Latest From the CCLA

In our third installment from the 2019 CCLA Civil Litigation Conference in November, we're covering the Commercial Litigation Panel.

What does privacy mean in the age of technology?

In this second installment from the 2019 CCLA Civil Litigation Conference in November, I bring you a fresh batch of CPD content for Employment Lawyers.

How the Internet Can Work For Or Against You!

Whether it is work, personal life or play, we are all connected all the time. Our phones, tablets or laptops are never far from our grasp and they know more about us, our activities, and our private information than ever before.

How Does Legal Cannabis Impact Your Practice?

Cannabis has been legal in Canada for over a year now. Can you answer your clients’ cannabis related questions, with confidence?

Supreme Court of Canada Annual Review: 2019 Edition

This week we bring you the Toronto Law Association’s 6th annual Supreme Court of Canada roundup. The expert panel of seasoned lawyers and scholars returns to offer insightful comments about recent decisions by our top court and identify emerging trends in the areas of civil, criminal, and public law.

Do You Know How to Value a Company or any Income-Producing Asset?

Is your client planning on a merger or acquisition to achieve a better competitive position in the marketplace? To grow sales? To lower costs? To take advantage of synergies? Apparently, over half of all mergers & acquisitions fail to achieve their expected value. As a result, buyer’s often complain they "paid too much".

Life After Law: Succession and Retirement Planning

"Just remember, when you are over the hill, you begin to pick up speed!" - Charles Schultz. Catherine Phillips of the Law Society of Ontario shared the quote above, and 5 practical tips to create a roadmap for the future should you be unable to practice and need someone to take over.

A Practical Guide to Correctional Law Issues

Your client has been convicted and sentenced to a federal penitentiary. What is the process? How long will it take? What factors are considered by the parole officer when determining where your client will serve his or her sentence? Can your client object? Is habeas corpus available? When is your client eligible for parole?

Changes to the Divorce Act

Family law in Ontario faced some big changes in 2019 particularly with respect to Bill C-78, proposed changes to the Divorce Act. This Bill received Royal Assent on June 21, 2019.

Blockchain Explained: The Critical Concepts You Need to Understand

Most of us have heard the terms Blockchain, Distributed Ledger Technology, Cryptocurrency, or Bitcoin. But how does this technology work, how will it change the world, and how will it disrupt industries?

Strategies for Managing Client Expectations

Obviously, managing client expectations is absolutely essential to be an effective advocate or advisor. Managing expectations is also important as it remains the #1 reason clients sue lawyers – inadequate communication. In fact, a 2019 article from LawPRO states that 4 of every 5 lawyers can expect to be the subject of a claim during their career.

Perspectives on Advocacy - Frank, Straightforward and Relevant Tips

Dermot Nolan, a 40+ year litigator (and former actor with the Stratford Shakespearean Festival), shares important and straightforward reminders about succeeding in court.

What a criminal defence lawyer needs to know about advising or representing victims of a crime

Complainants in sexual assault cases have a statutory right to independent legal counsel. This right stemmed from proposals under Bill C-51 to the Criminal Code. In Ontario, there has been a policy decision to fund these cases and an agreement between the Ministry of the Attorney General and Legal Aid Ontario.

Defamation in the Internet Age

Over 25 million Canadians access social media every day, with Facebook having the majority of visits, according to Statista’s dossier on Social Networking in Canada. Given these statistics, has there been an upswing in defamation claims in Canada? My best guess is "yes".

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