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LAWPRO Magazine: 2012 January Employment

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Unbundled legal services: Pitfalls to avoid

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At its September 2011 meeting, Convocation approved amendments to the Rules of Professional Conduct to give guidance to lawyers who provide legal services under limited scope retainers, also called “unbundled” legal services. LawPRO is concerned that the more widespread provision of unbundled legal services in Ontario will increase malpractice claims. this article will help you… Read More »

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MCT + IFRS: More than the sum of its parts

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In the post-Enron/post-Lehman world, the framework within which financial institutions and insurance companies (including LawPRO) operate is increasingly regulated and prescribed – perhaps more so than in most industries. Knowing, understanding and complying with this steady stream of consultation, regulation and compliance regimes of course creates extra work, requires additional infrastructure (at a cost) and… Read More »

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Unbundling and family law

The Law society of Upper Canada recently released its protocols on “unbundling” legal services. Webb v. Birkett is a cautionary tale about the dangers of unbundling in the context of collaborative family law. Marguerite Webb retained Lucille Birkett, an experienced collaborative family law (CFL) lawyer, to represent her in her divorce proceeding. The plaintiff indicated… Read More »

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Self-represented claimants and vexatious litigants

It is common knowledge that the number of self-represented litigants has increased sharply. LawPRO records show that it has received 964 claims by self-represented litigants, 90 per cent of which have been made since 2000. LawPRO has incurred close to $30 million in claims costs, which include both claims payments and defence costs. Some self-represented… Read More »

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Essential do’s and don’ts for LinkedIn Users

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With more than 120 million users in more than 200 countries (including at least a million lawyers) and web traffic that ranks it as the 13th most visited site on the planet, LinkedIn is the social networking tool of choice for professionals. It is far more than a glorified way for job hunters to put… Read More »

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Resources to help you find your footing

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LawPRO has learned through experience that the pressures that lawyers face in their jobs, and the related mental, emotional or physical problems, often lead to claims. the claim against the lawyer may be for “procrastination” or “poor communication,” but looking deeper we sometimes find lawyers overwhelmed by the stress of their jobs who have succumbed… Read More »

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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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