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Common practice pitfalls: How to avoid them

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Lawyers’ Professional Indemnity Company (LAWPRO) was created to insure lawyers against legal malpractice claims. Most (though not all) claims are brought by a lawyer’s own client and include an allegation that the lawyer made a mistake or did not meet the standard of care expected of him or her when delivering legal services. No lawyer… Read More »

Categories: 2016 Student Issue 4, Articles, Communications Errors, Failure to Know The Law, Inadequate Investigation, Law students/new lawyers, Limitation Periods, New Lawyers, Time Management

The clock is ticking on Rule 48 dismissals


Pre-2012 matters not set down will be automatically dismissed January 1, 2017 As we begin the New Year, it’s a good time to review your litigation files and make sure they are proceeding as appropriate. The clock is ticking! Remember, under the new Rule 48.14 of the Rules of Civil Procedure, matters commenced before January… Read More »

Categories: 2016 January Indigenous, Admin dismissals/Rule 48, Articles, Civil Litigation, Features, Time Management

Applying old case law to the new Rule 48.14

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On January 1, 2015, Rule 48.14 of the Rules of Civil Procedure was substantially amended. The first result of the amendment was that plaintiffs’ solicitors received respite from “show cause” status hearings. Status notices ceased to be issued as of January 1, 2015. Status notices received by parties prior to January 1, 2015 under the… Read More »

Categories: 2016 January Indigenous, Admin dismissals/Rule 48, Articles, Casebook, Civil Litigation, Time Management

Rule 48.14 Transition Toolkit helps you prevent administrative dismissal of actions

Rule 48 on calendar

The administrative dismissal of actions for delay has caught many lawyers by surprise, and has led to several hundred claims and almost $10 million in claims costs in just three and a half years. On January 1, 2015, a welcome amendment to the administrative dismissal rule – Rule 48 – came into force. The amended… Read More »

Categories: 2015 September - Insurance Issue 2016, Admin dismissals/Rule 48, Articles, Civil Litigation, Time Management

How unhealthy lawyers affect client service

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Almost all lawyers experience stress, but unless it becomes toxic, there is little risk to the client. Occasionally things get truly out of control. That’s when important deadlines are missed, communication with the client diminishes (or ends), and files languish. In extreme cases, the lawyer ‘pretends’ to practice by misrepresenting to the client that work… Read More »

Categories: 2015 September Blue Sky, Articles, Communications Errors, Conflicts of Interest, Firm Management, Inadequate Investigation, Time Management, Wellness, Wellness

Risk management strategies to reduce your risk of a claim under the new Rule 48.14

Rule 48 on calendar

Effective January 1, 2015, a new Rule 48.14 brought significant changes to the administrative dismissal regime in Ontario. After several hundred claims and more than $7 million in claims costs over the last three years, LAWPRO was happy to see old Rules 48.14 and 48.15 revoked. However, while LAWPRO believes the new rule will stem… Read More »

Categories: 2015 February - LAWPRO 20th, Admin dismissals/Rule 48, Articles, Civil Litigation, Practice Tips, Time Management

New Year’s resolutions for a healthier law practice and a new you

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The start of a new year is a time for self-reflection and self-improvement. Many of you will think about making changes in your personal and work lives. But while you all have good intentions, it can be difficult to break old habits, especially when you are running hard on the treadmill of a busy life… Read More »

Categories: 2012 December Resolutions, Articles, Civil Litigation, Corporate Law, Criminal Law, Difficult clients, Family, Features, Finances, Legal Technology, Marketing, Practice Tips, Real Estate, Time Management, Wellness, Wills & Estates

Don’t be trapped by old habits of thought – The limitation period for equitable claims is now two years


It is difficult to let go of fundamental principles. Many generations of Ontario lawyers were taught that equitable claims are not subject to any limitation period. These lawyers were correct, until the Limitations Act, 2002 came into force. Limitation periods are creatures of statute. The Limitations Act, R.S.O 1990, c.L.15 and its predecessors had no… Read More »

Categories: 2012 December Resolutions, Articles, Casebook, Civil Litigation, Limitation Periods, Time Management

Lessons learned: The Limitations Act, 2002


Recent case law applying the Limitations Act, 2002 contains essential lessons and warnings for the profession. This article is a summary of these matters and what they mean for the practising bar. It really is a catch-all statute… Don’t forget that subject to certain expressly stated exceptions, the Limitations Act, 2002 is a broadly worded,… Read More »

Categories: 2012 August Checklists, Articles, Casebook, Civil Litigation, Limitation Periods, Time Management
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