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
This one is for students and young lawyers. Ivan Merrow’s recent article in Canadian Lawyer discusses how he failed at multiple interviews before finally landing a job. I experienced the same agony in law school after the first round of on-campus interviews. I ran down to the University of Toronto bookstore and bought every interview… Read More »Categories: Career Management
The other day I received a call from a lawyer I didn’t know seeking help regarding a legal issue I had no expertise in. He was in court, had stepped out for a bit, and called me wanting emergency legal advice on an issue he was going to speak to in 5 minutes. Unfortunately, despite… Read More »Categories: Risk Management Strategies, Career Management
Recently I experienced a night of cold sweats, anxiety, and dread. It all began with a family ski trip to Radium, Alberta. We were looking forward to enjoying the hot springs, the bighorn sheep, and the majesty of the Canadian Rockies. While there we planned to spend some time at the local ski resort. When… Read More »Categories: Biggest Claims Risks, Communication Errors, Risk Management Strategies, Practice Aids, Civil Litigation, Limitations Claims, Wellness and Balance, Law Practice Management
How does a diverse population and profession affect our ability as lawyers to settle files, facilitate the purchase of homes, and help businesses grow? It turns out that a number of claims have arisen in recent years where either lawyers have made bad assumptions about their racialized clients, or where racialized lawyers have been taken… Read More »Categories: Risk Management Strategies, Civil Litigation, Diversity
This past week I participated on a panel to discuss diversity in our profession as part of celebrating Diversity Week at Osgoode Hall. The students were concerned about life as a lawyer where there is a disproportionate representation of racialized people on the bench and in the bar. Will we be judged on merit? Will… Read More »Categories: Communication Errors, Practice Aids, Law Practice Management, Diversity
More and more frequently, the delivery of legal services is moving away from the full service model. Small practitioners and larger firms alike offer limited scope or “unbundled” representation, which let clients pick and choose when (or for which tasks) they want to engage a lawyer during the life of a transaction or piece of… Read More »Categories: Biggest Claims Risks, Communication Errors