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Editors: Matilda Lici - Central Region; Caroline Bedard - East Region


A Ruff Day in Family Law: Deciding Who Gets the Family Pet in a Separation

  • January 31, 2023
  • Olivia Koneval-Brown, Mann Lawyers LLP

Many people consider their pet to be a member of the family, but what happens to the pet when there is a breakdown in the human relationship? In this article, Olivia sets out the factors that a Court will look at when determining pet ownership after a separation.

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Going and Growing Solo: Tips from the Moguls for Starting your own Firm

  • January 04, 2023
  • Nancy Sarmento Barkhordari

A mentor once told me that he knew it was time to do his own thing when he grew to dislike the colour of the walls at the firm where he worked. At that instant, he wanted to change everything about where and how he worked. He wanted to choose the colour of the walls in his office. He wanted to call the shots; he wanted to work for himself. My mentor is not alone. Here are practical tips from lawyers who have gone out on their own and found incredible success in establishing their own firms.

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Case Study: Contracting Terms of Use for AI-Generated Art Using DALL-E

  • December 06, 2022
  • Abby Benattar, WeirFoulds LLP

There is a popular saying that goes, “a picture is worth a thousand words.” In recent years, a group of engineers in California have revolutionized this expression with their innovation of DALL-E and its successor, DALLE-2. This article describes DALL-E and some core contracting considerations for lawyers advising clients who leverage the technology.

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Reviewing your First Severance Package

  • December 02, 2022
  • Jill Lewis, employment lawyer at Nelligan Law

Understanding severance packages is not only beneficial for those lawyers practicing specifically in employment and labour law, but to all litigators. In this article, Jill Lewis breaks down what to look out for when a severance package comes across your desk.

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Drafting a Binding Commercial Lease: The Basics

  • December 02, 2022
  • Vanessa Carment, real estate lawyer at Soloway Wright LLP

In this article, Vanessa Carment sets out the basic terms and conditions that must be included in every commercial lease for the agreement to be enforceable.

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4 Tips for a Successful Transition from Law School to Articling

  • December 02, 2022
  • Nehmat Bedar, judicial law clerk at the Ontario Superior Court (East Region) interested in criminal law

Going from law school to articling is a big, but important, step in most new lawyers' careers. In this article, Nehmet Bedar sets out small ways that can help you go from the classroom to practice with ease.

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Let’s Talk About Inclusive Leadership

  • November 21, 2022
  • Angela Ogang, AngeLAW

On Remembrance Day, I attended the second day of the Council of Nigerian Professionals' 2022 Power of Inclusion virtual event, which focused on inclusive leadership. The panel consisted of a diverse group of corporate and community leaders who shared their professional insights and personal experiences. This is a summary of their insights.

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Truth and Reconciliation in the Legal Profession: A Primer on How to Be a Better Ally Regardless of Your Practice Area

  • October 21, 2022
  • Karlie Nordstrom and Leslie Anne St. Amour

On September 30, 2022, in recognition of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, the authors spoke at a webinar titled "Reconciliation in the Legal Profession". During the event, they shared insights on a range of questions surrounding truth and reconciliation in the legal profession, to equip legal professionals in all practice areas with the knowledge necessary to play a more active role in truth and reconciliation. This article summarizes some of the key takeaways.

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Hitting the Brakes: Analyzing Accelerated Interest Clauses in the Appellate Decision of First National Financial GP Corporation

  • September 20, 2022
  • Tamie Dolny and Zoi Samonas

On August 31, 2022, the Ontario Court of Appeal overturned a trial decision in First National Financial GP Corporation v. Golden Dragon Ho 10. Inc., unanimously holding that when a contract is silent on an issue, absent contradicting contractual provisions, a mortgagor must provide additional consideration to amend the agreement to receive a right to prepay and discharge a mortgage.

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