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10 tips to adapt to the new contingency fee regime

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On July 1, 2021, Ontario’s contingency fees became subject to significant changes, with amendments to both the Solicitors Act and the Law Society of Ontario’s Rules of Professional Conduct coming into force. The changes will affect how contingency fees are calculated and will impact how contingency fee matters are managed from marketing and new client… Read More »

Categories: 2022 June - After Covid 19, Access to Justice, Articles, Civil Litigation, Firm Management, Marketing, Retainers

Too Quick on the Buzzer: Default Judgment and the Potential Consequences of Engaging in Sharp Practice

Would-be lawyers learn the importance of professionalism and civility as outlined in the Law Society’s Rules of Professional Conduct and The Advocates’ Society Principles of Civility. However, in practice, a grey area can sometimes develop between fiercely advocating for a client and engaging in sharp practice. At LAWPRO, we’ve seen many claims relating to lawyers… Read More »

Categories: Civil Litigation, Ethics, LAWPRO policy, Online Only

Tips for Advocates

Learn from leading advocates from a range of practice areas and from LAWPRO counsel about practice trends and key advocacy tips.

Categories: Civil Litigation, CPD

New 60 Day Notice Requirement in Occupiers’ Liability Act (Injury from Snow or Ice) Overview

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Bill 118, An Act to amend the Occupiers’ Liability Act, received royal assent on December 8, 2020 and came into force on January 29, 2021. The amendment introduces a new 60-day notice requirement for claims for personal injury caused by snow or ice which, if not met, will bar actions unless an exception applies. The… Read More »

Categories: Civil Litigation, Limitation Periods, Online Only

Tips to Prepare for the New Rule Changes

On January 1, 2021, significant changes to the Rules of Civil Procedure come into force. While you should review the amendments carefully, this article includes some key practical tips and an overview of the major changes. Key Practice Tips You can now serve documents by email. Confirm that your email address is up to date… Read More »

Categories: Civil Litigation, Online Only

How to deal with limitations periods that were suspended during the pandemic

From calls we have received from insureds, LAWPRO is aware there are questions regarding whether limitation periods and procedural deadlines were suspended during the pandemic. We have had several pandemic-related limitation period claims reported to us. This article provides some direction on how you should deal with limitation periods or procedural deadlines that may have… Read More »

Categories: Civil Litigation, Limitation Periods, Online Only, Time Management

Tips for calculating limitations deadlines accounting for the COVID-19 emergency suspension period

As we noted in this article, there appears to be some questioning whether limitation periods were suspended during the pandemic. LAWPRO believes these concerns are unwarranted. Further to the provisions of the original Emergency Order, and the subsequent actions and circumstances springing from it, LAWPRO believes that limitation periods and procedural deadlines were suspended. As… Read More »

Categories: Civil Litigation, Limitation Periods, Online Only, Time Management

Tips for navigating the new Simplified Procedure

Significant changes to the Superior Court Simplified Procedure came into effect on January 1, 2020. Budget Bill 2019 amended section 108 of the Courts of Justice Act to eliminate trials by jury under the Simplified Procedure. Regulatory changes filed October 23, 2019 unveiled significant further changes to the Simplified Procedure as prescribed by Rule 76… Read More »

Categories: Civil Litigation, Online Only

Common Limitation Period Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them

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It is one of a lawyer’s worst nightmares:  missing a limitation period.  It can be a very easy mistake to make and yet the consequences can be enormous. There are numerous “pitfalls” that can lead to missed limitation periods and other limitation period problems.  Some of these pitfalls are relatively easy to avoid whereas others… Read More »

Categories: Civil Litigation, Limitation Periods, Online Only, Time Management

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