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
It is a stroke of fortune to arrive at a career where you love what you do. Perhaps you were born into the world a baby lawyer. As you grew up, your parents and teachers would say, “you should be a lawyer” – and your high school yearbook would identify you as Most Likely To… Read More »Categories: Career Management, Law Practice Management, Risk Management & Claims Prevention
No matter how good your law firm’s cyber security systems are – firewalls, passwords, anti-virus, and backup systems- the weakest link remains the human being sitting in front of the computer who clicks on the wrong link or opens up an infected file. The typical ransomware attack is the result of phishing, where an email… Read More »Categories: Legal Technology, Risk Management & Claims Prevention
Lawyer/client communication-related claims are the number one source of malpractice claims in all areas of practice. These claims can arise when there is a mis-communication or no communication at all. The lawyer and client can be confused over who is doing what. Were instructions received but ignored? Was the lawyer supposed to do something which… Read More »Categories: Biggest Claims Risks, Communication Errors, Law Practice Management, Risk Management & Claims Prevention
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
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