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How LAWPRO stood up for lawyers in 2016

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The great majority of claims reported to LawPRO are either abandoned, settled, or resolved through mediation or arbitration. But if we hope to preserve reasonable and fair limits on the scope of lawyers’ responsibilities, we must occasionally go to court. Our litigation track record is proof of our sound judgment about when to go to… Read More »

Categories: LAWPRO Errors and Omissions Coverage, Civil Litigation, Limitations Claims

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

Self-Represented Litigants: A Survival Guide by Carol Cochrane

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Why do we all shudder on learning that our client’s adversary is self-represented on a litigation file? So often we fail to appreciate opposing counsel – until we hear those dreaded words from our client: “You know, the other side won’t be getting a lawyer.” It is only then that we realize and appreciate the… Read More »

Categories: Risk Management Strategies, Family Law, Civil Litigation

“Putting your best brain forward”: Think slowly, and let clients do the same

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This is the one of seven strategies that you can follow to help you apply the emerging lessons of neuroscience and evolutionary psychology to the day-to-day work of your practice, as explained in the article Putting your best brain forward: How neuroscience awareness and evolutionary psychology can help lawyers avoid claims and offer better client… Read More »

Categories: Communication Errors, Family Law, Civil Litigation

MAG Court Services Division releases Rule 48.14 Notice to the Profession

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The Ministry of the Attorney General, Court Services Division, released a Notice to the Professions regarding Rule 48.14 in the December 16, 2016 issue of Ontario Reports, 132 O.R. (3d) Part 5, Pages 321-400. This is a helpful reminder of the new 5-year dismissal date for civil litigation files in Ontario, and what you can… Read More »

Categories: Announcements, LAWPRO Errors and Omissions Coverage, Civil Litigation, Risk Management & Claims Prevention
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