About Ian Hu
As Counsel, Claims Prevention and practicePRO at LAWPRO Ian speaks, writes and blogs about practice management, claims prevention and lawyering issues. His mandate is to help lawyers succeed in the practice of law and avoid malpractice claims.
Having had experience in private practice under his belt with various sizes of firms, Ian has seen the trials and tribulations lawyers go through. As a former Vice President of the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers he has mentored young lawyers and advocated for hundreds of lawyers and students as a group.
Ian also has an interest in promoting diversity in the profession. He currently serves on various law-related boards and advocacy committees including the executive of the Ontario Bar Association's Solo & Small Firms Section and as a Leader with the American Bar Association's Diversity & Inclusion Division.
Ian Hu's Posts
Here at Claims Prevention & practicePRO we often talk about “baby steps”. The big idea is that taking baby steps can help make you a more effective lawyer. There isn’t necessarily One Big Thing that will magically turn you into a great lawyer. The elements of a habit are explored in Charles Duhigg’s The Power… Read More »Categories: Biggest Claims Risks, Legal Technology, Practice Aids, Civil Litigation, Law Practice Management, Risk Management & Claims Prevention
The Rules of Civil Procedure were amended on April 24, 2017 to add further specifics regarding e-filing of court documents. Litigators are encouraged to review all amendments. We highlight some of the changes below. E-filing In a welcome step to using technology in the courts, parties (not just lawyers) may now file certain documents… Read More »Categories: Risk Management Strategies, Civil Litigation, Risk Management & Claims Prevention
You are just beginning to build the habits that can help or hinder your practice in the long term. Consistency in how you deliver service – from the questions you ask at intake to the steps you take when the client leaves the office – is one of the foundations to protect yourself against malpractice… Read More »Categories: Biggest Claims Risks, Communication Errors, Risk Management Strategies, Limitations Claims, Risk Management & Claims Prevention
Young lawyers often talk about the stress and burden of debt. If there is one piece of advice worth giving, it is a simple one: spend less than you earn. As a new lawyer, I was excited when I received my first paycheque. I forget what I spent it on, but I remember it disappeared… Read More »Categories: Biggest Claims Risks, Risk Management Strategies, Career Management, Wellness and Balance, Law Practice Management
Effective May 1, 2017 the Consolidated Practice Direction for Civil Actions, Applications, Motions and Procedural Matters in the Toronto Region is amended such that most cases in the GTA will likely require mediation before setting an action down for trial. See the amendment to para. 57: 57. Court staff will not accept for filing a… Read More »Categories: Uncategorized, Announcements, Civil Litigation
Whether you run a lean and mean or volume-oriented personal injury practice, certain files are more prone to languish than others. What’s the real cost of running a file for too long? Work-in-progress accumulates with little to show for it, expert reports grow stale and need to be updated (which significantly increases disbursements), witnesses’ memories… Read More »Categories: Civil Litigation, Limitations Claims
Understanding cognitive biases can help reduce communication-related claims, which are the biggest source of malpractice claims. While many cognitive biases are dealt with by following some common sense principles, others are not as obvious. From anchoring effect to decision fatigue, knowing how your client makes decisions can help you build rapport with your clients, effectively… Read More »Categories: Biggest Claims Risks, Communication Errors, Risk Management Strategies, Practice Aids
LawPRO reminds lawyers that on a rolling basis beginning January 1, 2017, matters commenced on or after January 1, 2012 will be automatically dismissed five years after they were commenced. Remember, the courts will dismiss actions without sending notices of any type to parties or their lawyers. Update internal firm systems to tickle all relevant… Read More »Categories: Biggest Claims Risks, Limitations Claims