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Is it safe to serve on a client’s board of directors?

It can be very rewarding, both personally and financially, to be asked to serve on a client’s board of directors. It’s also easy to understand why a client might make the request: the lawyer may have worked closely with the corporation’s founders to establish the company, and will likely have a solid understanding of the… Read More »

Categories: LAWPRO Errors and Omissions Coverage, Conflicts of Interest, Corporate Law

Amendments to the Rules of Professional Conduct — Transactions with Clients


The following is from the Law Society of Upper Canada’s June 2016 e-Bulletin Resources for Lawyers. The Rules of Professional Conduct (the “Rules”) with respect to Doing Business with a Client (now called Transactions with Clients) were amended on May 26, 2016. New Definition The term “transaction with a client” is now defined in rule… Read More »

Categories: Communication Errors, Conflicts of Interest

practicePRO Resource: Managing the Practice of Investing in Clients booklet


The practice of lawyers investing in clients’ businesses is current and growing. Historically, this type of business transaction found some application in the real estate and mining industries. Inevitably, tha practice resulted from time to time in claims against lawyers. Today, we see the practice being undertaken in the high tech sector whose fast pace… Read More »

Categories: Conflicts of Interest, Law Practice Management

practicePRO Resource: Conflicts of Interest


As mentioned in yesterday’s blog post (“Conflicts tune-up: 5 steps to avoiding conflict of interest claims“), lawyers do not always do the best job identifying potential conflicts on interest or taking the appropriate steps when conflicts may exist. practicePRO’s Managing Conflict of Interest Situations booklet can help lawyers better manage this risk by identifying, checking… Read More »

Categories: Conflicts of Interest

Land Acknowledgement

The offices of LAWPRO are located on the traditional territory of many nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, Anishnabeg, Chippewa, Haudenosaunee and Wendat peoples. Toronto is covered by Treaty 13 with the Mississaugas of the Credit. LAWPRO respects and acknowledges the histories, languages, knowledge systems, and cultures of First Nations, Metis, and Inuit nations.

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