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 not easy to know yourself. According to the Dunning-Kruger effect, a cognitive bias, less competent people think they are more competent than they actually are, and competent people think they are worse than they actually are. Consider the following three scenarios, in which you perform a task at different stages of your career… Read More »Categories: Law Practice Management, Risk Management & Claims Prevention, Mentoring, Coaching
Firms in Ontario have notified us that they received an email from the purported Roger Rijnders of Neko Ship Supply NV looking to retain them with regards to making a large commercial purchase. This appears to be a bad cheque scam (with a real company likely being impersonated) that presents as legal matter requiring the… Read More »Categories: Fraud Warnings, Equipment / Inventory Purchase Fraud
The LSO’s March 2018 e-Bulletin Resources for Lawyers discusses situations where a conflict of interest can arise when acting against a former client. Here’s the discussion, reproduced in whole: Situations often arise where a lawyer is asked to act against a former client. In such cases, the lawyer must assess whether he or she is… Read More »Categories: Conflicts of Interest
The Ontario government is requiring all landlords to use a standard lease template for all new leases beginning April 30, 2018. Lawyers are encouraged to make themselves familiar with the terms of this new lease so they can advise clients of their obligations and rights under the new lease. The information below is taken from… Read More »Categories: Uncategorized, Precedents, Real Estate, Risk Management & Claims Prevention
A lawyer coach can help participants develop skills and answer deeper questions in their careers. From building a practice to transitioning to a new practice area, the coach guides the participant by engaging in a journey of self-discovery. Like Socrates’ midwife, the coach helps the participant birth the answer from within. For some lawyer coaches… Read More »Categories: Career Management, Risk Management & Claims Prevention
The Law Society of Ontario has issued a Notice to the Professions. The Professional Regulation Committee would like to hear from lawyers, paralegals and the public about potential changes to the anti-money laundering Model Rules of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada (FLSC). If changes are made to the Model Rules in this area,… Read More »Categories: Announcements
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