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About Debra Rolph

Debra Rolph Debra Rolph is Director of Research, Claims at LawPRO.

Debra received her legal education at Osgoode Hall Law School at York University, and was called to the Bar in 1979. After working for the law firm Lee, Fireman, Regan for several years, Debra was hired as a Claims Examiner at the Law Society's Errors and Omission Department in 1983. She was appointed Co-ordinator of Legal Research in 1995, and Director of Legal Research in 2003.

Debra has written papers for the Advocates' Quarterly, the Ontario Bar Association, and the Canadian Bar Association. She frequently writes articles and case commentaries for the LAWPRO News. She was a contributing editor to The Law of Limitations – Third Edition – February, 2016

Debra Rolph's Posts

Download our updated Limitations Period Resources


Missing a limitation period is a lawyer’s nightmare. Although most claims are subject to the 2 year limitation period set out in the Limitations Act, 2002, there are over 40 statutes that impose limitation periods in Ontario. LAWPRO has developed several resources to help lawyers navigate Ontario’s limitations periods and notice periods. The Limitations and… Read More »

Categories: Limitations Claims, Civil Litigation

How lawyers can help their clients become better communicators – and vice versa

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Some solicitors may think that the responsibility for maintaining appropriate solicitor/client communications lies solely with them. It is true that solicitors who fail to adequately communicate with their clients risk losing those clients – or even facing a malpractice claim. But it is also true that clients have reciprocal obligations to disclose relevant facts, to… Read More »

Categories: Communication Errors

The Law of Limitations, 3rd Edition

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We are excited to announce the recent publication, by Lexis-Nexis Canada Inc., of The Law of Limitations, Third Edition. The first two editions were written prior to the coming into force of the Limitations Act, 2002, so this new edition is the first to cover cases decided under the new Ontario regime. Although Ontario cases… Read More »

Categories: Announcements, Civil Litigation

Warning: Insurers can ‘contract out’ of the Limitations Act, 2002 in ‘non-consumer’ policies


The law of limitations applicable to insurance claims has entered a period of uncertainty, arising in part from insurers’ ability to “contract out” of the Limitations Act, 2002 (LA 2002) where the insured is not a “consumer.” Claims on group long-term disability policies may prove especially hazardous. This article by Debra Rolph, Director of Research… Read More »

Categories: Limitations Claims

LAWPRO Tales of Horror: The Phantom Client Returns…Again and Again


Recent LAWPRO claims have driven home to us the importance of formal retainer arrangements and avoiding the spectre of the phantom client. Unfortunately, these issues are not new. In 1991,William S. O’Hara wrote an article for the Law Society of Upper Canada Errors and Omissions Bulletin entitled “Beware of the Phantom Client.” He wrote: Of… Read More »

Categories: Communication Errors, Civil Litigation
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