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About Ian Hu

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

A Few Good Practice Habits: Examination for Discovery

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An examination for discovery often marks the point in which you really sink your teeth into a case. The parties and opposing counsel come to a face-to-face meeting, and key evidence comes out, warts and all. Much of the exploration in an examination for discovery will uniquely depend on the specific witness and the answers… Read More »

Categories: Civil Litigation

A Simple Habit To Avoid Missing Deadlines

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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

Rules of Civil Procedure amended April 24, 2017 – e-filing of court documents

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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

Build good practice habits and avoid malpractice claims: The new lawyer

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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

Mediation required before setting down: Amended GTA Practice Direction Effective May 1, 2017

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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

Top reasons files stall

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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

Reduce communication-related claims by understanding cognitive bias

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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
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