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Editors: Matilda Lici - Central Region; Vanessa Carment - East Region

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A Primer on the Enforceability of Commercial Leases

  • February 02, 2022
  • Vanessa Carment, associate at Soloway Wright LLP

As the pandemic continues to change everyday life, the commercial leasing landscape has changed along with it. However, some things that have not changed are the key provisions that must be included in a commercial lease This Article looks at some of these provisions that must be included to have an enforceable lease.

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To Reply or Not to Reply? The Call for an Automatic Right to File a Reply Factum in Prism Resources Inc. v. Detour Gold Corporation, 2022 ONCA 4

  • February 02, 2022
  • Nancy Sarmento Barkhordari

The recent decision of Justice Brown in Prism Resources Inc. v. Detour Gold Corporation, 2022 ONCA 4, discusses the foundational role of written advocacy in appeals, illustrates the many legitimate reasons why an appellant might want to file a reply factum, and offers an excellent viewpoint for an automatic right to file a brief reply.

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Keep Remote Work Moving

Keep Remote Work Moving

  • January 31, 2022
  • Tiana Knight

This article aims to provide law students, articling students, and young lawyers some tips and tricks to make their day-to-day Work from Home (WFH) a bit more manageable as the legal profession continues to grapple with the ever-changing circumstances of the pandemic.

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Moving the Needle on COVID-19 Paediatric Vaccines: An Examination of Recent Legal Trends

  • January 31, 2022
  • Matilda Lici and Ava Naraghi

As the highly-contagious Omicron variant sweeps across the province and COVID-19 immunization campaigns for children ramp up, two recent Ontario decisions—A.C. v. L.L., 2021 ONSC 6530 and Saint-Phard v. Saint-Phard, 2021 ONSC 6910—offer a glimpse of the legal trends emerging at this latest intersection of family law and health law.

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Culture Shocks of Joining the Plaintiff Bar

Culture Shocks of Joining the Plaintiff Bar

  • January 31, 2022
  • Adil Abdulla

I recently moved from a defendant-focused firm with almost 100 lawyers to a plaintiff-side class action group with fewer than ten lawyers. Anyone making this transition could have predicted most of the differences, but some differences are harder to see from the outside. This article summarizes three of the latter.

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Tips for Achieving Work-Life Balance

Tips for Achieving Work-Life Balance

  • December 14, 2021
  • Ola Oshodi, ACIS

In our profession, achieving a balance between work and other demands of life can be daunting, but not achieving it could be devastating to the mind, the body, the work and familial connections. This article contains some useful tips for attaining balance in your life and work and serves as a reminder that we are the catalysts to achieving that sense of balance.

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Considerations for Returning to the Workplace

  • December 14, 2021
  • Jennifer Philpott, employment and labour lawyer at Goulart Workplace Lawyers

As widespread vaccination against COVID-19 continues in Ontario, many lawyers are transitioning from working at their kitchen tables to working at the office. With this in mind, here are some considerations and observations on returning to the office after spending almost 20 months working from home.

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Conflicts: Check Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself

  • December 04, 2021
  • Ashley Bennett, Soloway Wright LLP

Conflicts of interest are all around us. The politician who takes a large campaign donation from a special interest group. The realtor who pushes a sale to get their commission. The hiring director who insists their relative is the best candidate for a job. You likely know it when you see it. For legal practitioners, however, conflicts of interest work on us in complex ways and recognizing them is not always intuitive.

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