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Do you practice Defamation Law? Have you been involved in a Defamation Dispute? The Law Commission of Ontario wants to hear from you!

Posted By Administration, 18 hours ago

The Law Commission of Ontario (LCO) has commenced public consultations in its Defamation Law in the Internet Age project. The LCO’s project examines the underlying purpose and function of defamation law and considers how defamation law should be updated to account for “internet speech,” including social media, blogs, internet platforms and digital media. The project is the most comprehensive analysis of Ontario’s defamation law framework to date.

 

 The LCO is Ontario’s leading law reform agency. Its role is to conduct research, undertake public consultations, and develop reports and recommendations to improve the effectiveness, relevance and accessibility of the law. Our work promotes access to justice and contributes to public debate. More information about the LCO can be found at www.lco-cdo.org.

 

The LCO is committed to a broad consultation process to reflect the full diversity of Ontarian perspectives and experiences. Currently, we are seeking to consult with practitioners who have had some experience with defamation law and individuals who have been personally involved in a defamation dispute. Confidentiality will be respected.

 

If you’re interested in participating, please contact Project Head, Sue Gratton at sgratton@lco-cdo.org or by phone at (416) 650-8406.

 

Vous pratiquez le droit de la diffamation? Vous avez déjà été partie à un litige en diffamation? La Commission du droit de l’Ontario aimerai 

La Commission du droit de l’Ontario (CDO) a entrepris ses consultations publiques dans le cadre de son projet sur le droit de la diffamation à l’ère d’internet. Le projet de la CDO se penche sur l’objet et la fonction qui sous-tendent le droit de la diffamation et examine de quelle façon celui-ci devrait être actualisé pour prendre en compte « l’expression sur internet », notamment les réseaux sociaux, blogues, plateformes Web et médias numériques. Il s’agit de l’analyse la plus complète à ce jour du cadre du droit de la diffamation en Ontario.

 

La CDO est la principale agence de réforme du droit de l’Ontario. Elle a pour mandat de mener des recherches et des consultations publiques, et d’élaborer des rapports et des recommandations en vue d’améliorer l’efficacité, la pertinence et l’accessibilité des lois. Son travail favorise l’accès à la justice et contribue aux débats de société. Pour plus de détails, consulter son site Web à www.lco-cdo.org.

 

La CDO s’engage à mettre de l’avant un vaste processus de consultation afin de refléter la diversité des perspectives et expériences au sein de la population ontarienne. Nous cherchons actuellement à mener des consultations auprès de juristes ayant de l’expérience dans le domaine du droit de la diffamation et de personnes ayant déjà été personnellement partie à un litige en diffamation. Le tout se déroulera de manière confidentielle.

 

Si vous souhaitez participer, veuillez communiquer avec Sue Gratton, la chef du projet, en acheminant un courriel à sgratton@lco-cdo.org ou en composant le 416-650-8406.

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Commercial Real Estate Associate

Posted By Administration, December 8, 2017

Open Date: December 8, 2017
Close Date: January 5, 2018
Location: Ottawa, ON

Associate – Commercial Real Estate
1 - 3 Years of Experience

BLG’s Specialized Business Law Group is currently recruiting an Associate with a minimum of 1 - 3 years of relevant experience in Commercial Real Estate to join its team in the Ottawa office.

Applicants who have strong client management and teamwork skills are sought to assume responsibility in an active and diverse practice. The ideal candidate will have strong transactional/lending and leasing experience, solid drafting skills, as well as some experience with infrastructure project work. The candidate must be a member of the Ontario Bar in good standing with the Law Society of Upper Canada, and must appreciate the importance of providing excellent and responsive legal service to clients.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to develop their skills and career as part of a successful team. With BLG’s national ongoing professional development/legal education program, the successful candidate will obtain advanced training, mentoring and exposure to the firm’s clients while being supported to build their own practice and expertise. This is an ideal position for someone who can hit the ground running, is a consummate team player, has strong analytical, interpersonal, and oral and written communication skills, takes initiative, and seeks an opportunity to be allowed to further develop beyond their current skill level.

BLG is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace. We welcome applications from diverse candidates.

If you are interested in joining our law firm, please send your cover letter, résumé, and list of references by January 5, 2018, in confidence to:

Danielle Laflamme | Professional Recruiting Manager
Borden Ladner Gervais LLP | 100 Queen Street, Suite 1300 | Ottawa, Ontario K1P 1J9
T: 613.787.3578 | Email: DLaflamme@blg.com

We thank all applicants for their interest in this position; however, only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

Applicants with disabilities may notify us of any accommodations needed to support your participation in the recruitment processes.

BLG is an integrated national law firm that provides a broad range of legal services, with more than 700 lawyers, intellectual property agents and other professionals working in five major Canadian cities.

BLG is committed to helping our professionals reach the next level in their careers. Our comprehensive approach to professional development has received widespread recognition.
Everyone at BLG is required to carry out the duties of their role while upholding the important principles of our Respectful Workplace Policy, and treating everyone with respect, regardless of position.

* Please note that relatives of current BLG employees and Partners are not eligible for consideration.

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Adjointe juridique/Law Clerk

Posted By Administration, December 8, 2017

Adjoint(e) juridique – Mazerolle & Lemay

Mazerolle & Lemay est un cabinet dynamique et unifié. Tous les professionnels y travaillent en étroite collaboration dans le meilleur intérêt des clients. Notre équipe est composée de personnes ayant un esprit de collaboration, de fortes habiletés interpersonnelles, de la générosité et du respect envers autrui.

Mazerolle & Lemay offre une rémunération concurrentielle basée sur l’expérience ainsi que des bénéfices.

Mazerolle & Lemay recherche activement à embaucher un(e) adjoint(e) juridique dans le domaine du litige civil.

La personne sélectionnée devra détenir les compétences suivantes :

• Diplôme collégial pertinent;
• Minimum de deux ans d’expérience professionnelle dans le domaine du contentieux ou autre domaine similaire;
• Excellentes habiletés en rédaction, souci du détail et respect des procédures;
• Gestion du temps et sens de l’organisation;
• Capacité de travailler de façon autonome et en équipe;
• Bon jugement et normes éthiques élevées;
• Bilinguisme (français/anglais);
• Dévouement au service à la clientèle;
• Excellentes compétences relationnelles.

Les personnes intéressées doivent faire parvenir leur lettre de présentation et curriculum vitæ l’adresse suivante : dcadieux@mazerollelemay.com.

Nous remercions tous les candidat(e)s de leur intérêt, cependant nous ne communiquerons qu’avec les candidat(e)s sélectionné(e)s pour l’entrevue.

Law Clerk – Mazerolle & Lemay

Mazerolle & Lemay is a dynamic unified law firm which relies on the talent of its professionals working in a team environment to continually better service its clients. It is essential that each new professional demonstrate the ability to work within and contribute to a team environment.

Mazerolle & Lemay offers a competitive remuneration package based on the candidate’s experience as well as a benefits package.

Mazerolle & Lemay is currently actively seeking a law clerk in the area of civil litigation.

The successful candidate shall have:

• A relevant college degree;
• A minimum of two years of professional experience in the area of civil litigation or other similar areas of practice;
• Strong writing skills, be attentive to detail and office procedures;
• Time management and organizational skills;
• Ability to work both independently and in a team environment;
• Sound judgment and high ethical standards;
• Fluency in both official languages;
• A dedication to client service;
• Excellent interpersonal skills.

Interested candidates should forward their covering letter and resume to:

dcadieux@mazerollelemay.com.

We appreciate the interest of all candidates, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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Job Posting - Legal Counsel

Posted By Administration, December 8, 2017

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) is the national voice of municipal governments, representing the interests of cities and communities with the federal government.

Position:                     Legal Counsel

 Department:               Corporate Services

Classification:           Level 6

Salary Band:              $85,000 to $109,400

Languages:                Bilingualism is a strong asset  

Duration:                    1 year contract

Background:

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) is the national voice of municipal government. Since 1901, FCM has been improving the quality of life in all communities by promoting strong, effective and accountable municipal government. At the international level, FCM assumes a leadership role representing Canadian interests by establishing links with municipal associations globally.  FCM is also committed to protecting the environment through pollution prevention and sustainable community development. The Federation serves constituents in both official languages.

Major Purpose:

The Legal Counsel reports to the Senior Legal Counsel and contributes to the overall success of the organization by supporting its established operations as well as its expanding activities. The incumbent works with the Green Municipal Fund (GMF) operational teams to assist in the implementation of solutions in support of the organization’s strategy while ensuring legal and regulatory compliance, identifying potential risks and legal issues and playing a critical role in developing processes as well as drafting contract templates, customizing FCM and third party agreements and supporting contract negotiations. 

Key Responsibilities:

·        Identifies and analyzes legal aspects of current and future corporate, organizational and customer service issues and provides appropriate recommendations to FCM staff regarding those issues.

·        Advises senior management, in the development of external and internal positions, policies, procedures, operations and transactions related to GMF, manages legal risks within acceptable levels in an efficient and cost effective manner and ensures that GMF complies with its governing documents (i.e. GMF Funding agreement) and applicable legislation.

·        Under the direction of the Senior Counsel and/or external counsel, manages the legal aspect of GMF contracts, including the negotiation, structuring, drafting, and amendments of contracts.

·        Establishes and monitors all legal policies and procedures for GMF staff including agreement templates, guidelines and interpretation tools, to ensure continuous improvement and compliance with GMF funding agreement and applicable legislation.

·        Participates as required in cross-functional team project work for FCM-wide initiatives.

·        Preparation of contract templates in English and French for the GMF as well as other FCM activities.

·        Other duties as required

Knowledge and Experience:

·        Baccalaureate of Laws (LL.B.) or equivalent from a recognized and accredited university;

·        License to practice law in Canada;

·        3-7 years of corporate/commercial experience from a major law firm or organization where the candidate obtained solid commercial law experience including excellent contract drafting, analytical, writing, and negotiation skills;

·        Experience with commercial transactions, including structuring, drafting and negotiating loan agreements;

·        Knowledge of the law as it applies to intellectual property ownership/licensing, and municipal law would be an asset;

·        Knowledge of the law as it applies to not-for-profit organizations and service organizations.

·        Demonstrated experience in drafting commercial agreements in English and French is a strong asset;

·        Ability to quickly analyze and synthesize complex situations and creatively problem solve;

·        Capable of building relationships with a wide variety of stakeholders including senior management, staff and other third parties (e.g. consultants, contractors, partners, etc.);

·        Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment including dealing effectively with competing priorities.

Language Requirements:

  • The ability to work fluently in French and in English (both written and spoken) is a strong asset.

The benefits to joining the FCM team include summer hours (Fridays off between July 1st and Labour Day); office facilities located in the ByWard Market, FCM’s commitment to employee development and a competitive range of employee benefits and services.

For additional information on this posting, or for further information on FCM, access our website at www.fcm.ca.

Visit the careers section of our website to apply. Deadline for applications is January 2, 2018.

We thank all candidates for their interest; however we will only contact those selected for an interview. All the applications will be kept on file for six months following the hiring.

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Bilingual Legal Assistant

Posted By Administration, December 6, 2017

Job Description

Position: Bilingual Legal Assistant
Status: Full-time, Permanent
Email: resumes@ehlaw.ca
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Emond Harnden fosters a spirit of respect and collegiality between Partners, Associates, and staff, and we recognize that in order to provide the level of service our clients expect and deserve, lawyers and staff must be passionate about what they do. At Emond Harnden, our Legal Assistants are strategic partners in client service delivery. Our Legal Assistants are responsible for providing administrative support to multiple lawyers. We are looking for legal assistants who are aligned with our entrepreneurial spirit, who care and see the value of their work, and who share our drive for delivering high caliber client service.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

The Legal Assistant performs a wide range of duties, including the following:

Schedule maintenance
• Organize the flow of work through the lawyers’ office and initiate follow-up action in a timely manner to meet multiple deadlines.
• Maintain and monitor calendars including but not limited to scheduling appointments, hearings, travel, and conferences, as directed.
• Manage the bring-forward systems on a daily-basis to ensure important deadlines
are met.
• Other duties as assigned.

Drafting and correspondence
• Liaise between the lawyers, contacts, and clients.
• Prepare legal documents including, but not limited to affidavits, briefs, motions,
subpoenas, appearance sheets, minutes of settlement, release agreements, etc.
• Review and proofread outgoing documents and correspondence, verifying text for
accuracy and syntax.
• Maintain and update current client and arbitrator contact lists.
• Respond to routine correspondence by mail, fax, email and telephone calls.
• Other duties as assigned.

General Administration
• Perform conflict searches, create and maintain files, and close files as instructed.
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• Support case preparation by assembling materials required during hearings.
• Maintain electronic copies of all documentation in Emond Harnden’s database to
supplement available precedents.
• Input and validate lawyers’ time dockets; coordinate lawyers’ monthly/yearly docket
totals as requested.
• Track lawyers’ Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC) Continuing Professional
Development hours, and input into the LSUC Portal.
• Prepare or make changes to lawyers’ conference and/or seminar presentations.
• Conduct legal research by using WestlawNext and LexisNexis.
• Prepare cheque requisitions and trust deposit instructions.
• Provide relief to front-desk reception, including answering phones, opening and
sorting mail, filing, performing data entry, etc.
• Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

Education and experience
• Post-secondary degree or diploma in a related field.
• 3-5 years of working experience in administration, preferably in a legal or
professional services environment.

Knowledge and skills
• Fluently bilingual, with excellent verbal and written communication skills in English
and French.
• Strong customer service focus.
• Ability to organize, multitask, prioritize, and work under pressure.
• Ability to produce high quality and quantity of work under tight timelines.
• Strong attention to detail and accuracy.
• Proficiency with Microsoft Office programs.
• Ability to take instructions, manage ongoing tasks, and follow through on
assignments.
• Ability to use office equipment including but not limited to computers, projectors,
voicemail messaging systems, printers and photocopiers/scanners.
• Working knowledge of Acumin and Worldox would be an asset.

Working conditions
• Primarily in an office environment. Periodic weekend or evening work is expected.

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Litigation Law Lawyers

Posted By Administration, December 6, 2017
We are growing!

Due to new and exciting work, our Litigation group is looking to expand its team of professionals. Nelligan O’Brien Payne, a multi-service law firm, has an immediate need for lawyers with two to six years + experience to join our expanding Litigation group in the areas of personal injury, insurance and commercial litigation.

Nelligan O’Brien Payne has a major presence in these areas; we are now looking to expand by adding two lawyers to our busy practice. We need a lawyer with three to five years’ experience in plaintiff personal injury to work with two of our senior personal injury partners and a lawyer with two to six years’ experience in general litigation, commercial litigation and insurance defence. The candidates we seek must be interested and willing to work in a fun and experienced team environment, and must possess strong legal writing, communications and marketing skills.

A collegial work environment, a serious commitment to the professional development of its lawyers and an opportunity to work on significant cases are just a few of the benefits Nelligan O’Brien Payne has to offer.

Qualified candidates are invited to submit their resume in strict confidence to:

Nelligan O’Brien Payne LLP
Suite 300, 50 O’Connor Street
Ottawa, ON K1P 6L2
Attention: Caroline Choquette CHRL
Email: caroline.choquette@nelligan.ca

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FOLA Travel Program - China

Posted By Administration, December 4, 2017
FOLA has offered a number of international travel opportunities to members over the past few years and these programs have been wonderfully successful.

We have partnered with renowned tour operators GoAhead Tours and Citslinc International to offer this exciting trip.

China - March 31, 2018

More details can be found by clicking here.

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Digital Service Enhancements in Ontario’s Courts

Posted By Administration, December 4, 2017

Attorney General Yasir Naqvi launched an initiative to modernize Ontario’s courts and digitize justice services with the goal of “(increasing) access to justice and improve the way people interact with the justice system.” Many of your members will be interested in these initiatives which are expected to roll out over the next several months. By and large, these are welcome announcements though, as always, there may be details and problems with particular elements or ideas. We would be very interested in hearing from members who have concerns on any aspect of this plan so that we can share those concerns with the Attorney General and his staff.

The plan announced by the Attorney General includes:

- Developing digital tools, such as online questionnaires and e-mail summonses, to make it faster and more convenient to go through the jury process;

- Expanding the civil filing online pilot province wide to allow all Ontarians to file their civil claims online, 24/7, from any location;

- Developing a new digital service by spring 2018 to allow citizens to go online to look up the status of their traffic tickets and other provincial offences, and request early resolution meetings;

- Exploring online dispute resolution options to potentially allow people who receive a traffic or similar ticket to resolve matters from their computers or smart phones;

- Providing the option of filing joint divorce applications online by April 2018;

- Delivering an online service to set up or update child support to help parents save money on legal fees and avoid unnecessary trips to the courthouse;

- Building an online dispute resolution platform model with the Landlord and Tenant Board to help identify and develop the right tools so that tenants and landlords in Ontario can avoid and resolve disputes without formal legal processes;

- Funding start-ups that use artificial intelligence to develop solutions that help lawyers and consumers, or increase access to justice;

- Working towards a fully electronic court which will include a feature whereby all parties to a case will have access to a digital platform that contains all court documents. (This will start as a pilot program in spring 2018.)

- Remote court appearances and remote access to defence counsel will be expanded.

Of course, the headline grabbing news from this announcement was that the AG has committed to having wi-fi in all courts by 2019, though he did acknowledge that because of the age of some courthouses, this will continue to be a challenge to deliver on.

A full copy of the plan can be accessed at this link.

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Associate Lawyer - International Trade/Privacy & Media Law (Contract)

Posted By Administration, November 30, 2017

ABOUT GOWLING WLG

At Gowling WLG, our dedication to excellence and quality service begins with our people. As a global law firm with offices across Canada, the U.K., Europe, the Middle East and Asia, we pride ourselves on sourcing and retaining top talent who bring energy, passion and commitment to the delivery of outstanding client service.

When it comes to diversity, we not only accept it — we celebrate it, support it and thrive on it. To create an engaging and rewarding place to work, we seek to attract talented people from a diverse range of backgrounds and cultures. Our aim is to help everyone reach their full potential and achieve their personal and professional goals.

Employee satisfaction is important to us. We work hard to ensure that our people are motivated, engaged and empowered. Our diverse group of legal professionals, law students, law clerks/paralegals, legal administrative assistants and business support staff work together as a team, and are respected and valued for their individual contributions.

PROFILE

A top tier firm in litigation, Gowling WLG is currently seeking a lawyer to work within its Advocacy Department in Ottawa on a one-year contract. The Advocacy department represents clients in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, the Federal Courts and in domestic and international arbitrations. As the successful candidate, you will be joining the Gowling WLG team (partners Rick Dearden and Wendy Wagner) to provide legal advice, guidance and representation for both contentious and regulatory matters in relation to: (i) data privacy, information management, and media law (e.g. freedom of the press, defamation, access to information, personal information protection, anti-spam); (ii) international trade law (e.g. Canadian International Trade Tribunal matters, NAFTA/WTO disputes, antidumping/countervailing duties, customs, sanctions and export controls).

QUALIFICATIONS

• 3-5 years of relevant experience
• Background in litigation, experience in one of the two specialty areas above an asset

APPLICATION DETAILS

 Interested candidates should forward their resume in confidence to:

Sandra Borrello – HR Manager
Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP
Suite 2600, 160 Elgin St.
Ottawa, ON K1P 1C3
Fax: 613-788-3503
resumes.ottawa@gowlingwlg.com

Application deadline: December 22, 2017

Gowling WLG is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace. We are committed to offering equal employment opportunities regardless of race or racial group, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability or gender identity. We foster an inclusive, equitable and accessible environment.

If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation at any time during the recruitment process, please let us know.

While we appreciate all applications received, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

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Changes to the Charges Heard Separately Certificate Issuing Process

Posted By Administration, November 30, 2017
Background

Under the block fee billing rules, if a client is charged with an additional “block fee
eligible” offence after a certificate has been issued, defence counsel, when seeking to
resolve the matter, should seek a global resolution of the multiple charges under a
single certificate.

LAO provides an exception, however, to allow lawyers to request a new certificate
through the portal for an additional block fee eligible charge if the new charge is
proceeding separately from a charge or charges authorized on an existing certificate.

Why Are We Making Changes?

Over the past few years, LAO has fine-tuned the charges heard separately exception to
provide quick and timely decisions. Counsel may seek, through a portal application, a
new certificate for charges heard separately without the client having to apply for a
certificate on the new charges. LAO has identified issues with this process, and we are
making changes that will resolve our concerns while maintaining the efficiencies and
advantages of the current process. The changes are listed below.

What is New?

1. If Original Charges Have Been Resolved: A Separate Certificate Will Not Be
Issued


LAO’s analysis of certificates issued through the charges heard separately process
reveals that new certificates have been issued when the charges covered by the original
certificate have already been resolved but not final billed. This is not how the portal
process was intended to be used, and has resulted in new certificates being issued for
charges entirely unrelated to the original charges which do not meet LAO’s eligibility
criteria. LAO is making changes to the portal which prevent counsel from obtaining a
new certificate through the charges heard separately process when the original charges
have been resolved but not final billed.

The technical work to change the portal is in progress. Pending completion of that
work, counsel are advised not to obtain certificates through the charges heard
separately process if the original charge has been resolved.

2. If Defence Lawyer is Unsure How Crown is Proceeding: Separate Certificate
Will Not be Issued

Previously, if defence counsel indicated through the portal that they are “unsure”
whether the Crown is proceeding separately or jointly on the new charges, a new
certificate would be issued. This is inconsistent with Regulation 107 of the Legal Aid
Services Act, which provides that where a lawyer represents a person charged with two 
or more offences and resolves those charges separately, the onus is on the lawyer to
satisfy LAO that separate scheduling was appropriate. Moreover, since June 2015,
lawyers are authorized to bill for a second “s.524” bail hearing on an original certificate
where the client is arrested and detained on new charges. As a result, a separate
certificate is not required to allow defence counsel to conduct a second bail hearing.
In order to align with our regulations and with LAO’s new bail coverage, we will be
making changes to our processes so that if defence counsel is unsure whether the
Crown is proceeding separately or jointly, no separate certificate will issue. If however,
defence counsel learns subsequently that the charges are proceeding separately, he or
she can seek a separate certificate through the portal. This change in process will take
effect immediately.

3. If New Charges are Not Legally Eligible: Separate Certificate Unavailable


LAO has also found in its analysis of certificates issued through the charges heard
separately process that some certificates were being issued for charges where there
was no likelihood of incarceration. This does not conform to our legal eligibility rules.
Therefore, when lawyers are seeking a new certificate through the portal, they will be
asked to provide some additional information about the facts and circumstances of the
new charges to confirm whether a new certificate, if issued, complies with LAO’s legal
eligibility rules. For example, lawyers will be asked for information about whether the
accused is detained, the nature of any prior record, and the Crown’s position on new
charges.

4. If New Charges are already completed: Separate Certificate Unavailable
without review by Director General


LAO has also found that certificates were being issued for charges which had already
been resolved. The request to add criminal charges proceeding separately may not be
used for retroactive authorization. Counsel is reminded to obtain a certificate in advance
of performing services, as certificates with retrospective application are only granted in
extraordinary circumstances, after review by the Director General. Therefore, when
lawyers are seeking a new certificate through the portal, they will be asked to provide
some additional information about the facts and circumstances of the new charges to
confirm whether a new certificate, if issued, complies with LAO’s rules. For example,
lawyers will be asked for information about whether the new charges are ongoing.

Next Steps


The portal changes listed above will likely come into effect late fall/early winter of 2017.

In addition, LAO has learned from different stakeholders, including defence counsel and
the judiciary, that the charges heard separately exception has resulted in defence
counsel moving to have matters resolved separately not because it is in the client’s best
interest (since a global resolution of all charges rather than multiple resolution
proceedings is generally the better option) but because it is financially advantageous.

We are certain that this practice, which effectively puts the lawyer’s interest before
those of the client, is rare, and we expect that that the modifications noted above will
curtail this practice. Nevertheless, we would like to meet with the defence bar to
discuss this concern, and will be doing so in the coming months.

If you have any questions about these changes, please contact Kathleen Murphy
(murphyk@lao.on.ca).

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Associate Lawyer

Posted By Administration, November 30, 2017
AUGUSTINE BATER BINKS LLP is seeking to hire an associate lawyer to do civil litigation, construction law and family law.

We are seeking a lawyer with three to five years of experience. The ideal candidate would be able to work independently as well in a team environment.

ABB offers competitive compensation and benefits.

Only those applicants who are selected for an interview will be contacted, but we thank all who express an interest.

If you are interested in applying, please email your resume to Carol Ann Moss at carolann@abblaw.ca.

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Province-wide Launch of the Civil Claims Online Filing Service

Posted By Administration, November 27, 2017
We are pleased to inform you that civil claims online filing (http://ontario.ca/civilclaims) will be available across Ontario as of November 27, 2017, following a successful pilot of the service earlier this year for actions in the Superior Court of Justice in Brampton, London, Newmarket, Ottawa, Sudbury and Toronto. Users of the service have expressed a high level of satisfaction with the service, describing the service as “fast,” “useful,” and of “high quality/reliable” and indicating that they would recommend the service.

This new online service builds on the success of the small claims court online filing service. The civil claims service enables you to start a civil action online in the Superior Court of Justice — 24/7 — without visiting a courthouse.

With this service, users can submit the following documents for filing with the Superior Court of Justice online:
• Statement of Claim
• Notice of Action
• Affidavit of Litigation Guardian of a Plaintiff under a Disability
• Request for Bilingual Proceedings
• Consent to File Documents in French.

The service allows lawyers to file a claim online easily. Lawyers don’t have to fill out the same identifying information every time they submit a claim for filing. The service also allows:
• online payment of court fees by credit card or Interac;
• delivery of a court-issued Statement of Claim or Notice of Action by email;
• draft submissions to be saved and submitted at a later time; and
• online transactions to be tracked (online access to a history of a user’s submissions, draft submissions and online fee payments).

As we continue to expand this service, users will be able to file additional documents online.

Learn More

For more information, please visit ontario.ca/civilclaims. Attached is a poster listing the simplicity and benefits of the service, and a guide on how to set up a Justice Services Online account, which is required to access the civil claims online filling service. Please share this link, the poster and the guide with members of your organization.

We are striving to deliver a service that is responsive to the needs of the public and the legal community. We hope that you will find the civil claims online filing service to be an effective tool for your legal practice and for the members of your legal organization.
If you have any questions or would like to provide feedback about the service, please contact Vaia Pappas, A/Director of the Operational Support Branch at vaia.pappas@ontario.ca.

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Real Estate Clerk Position

Posted By Administration, November 27, 2017
We are a small West end firm with a busy real estate practice and are seeking a real estate clerk with a minimum of 3 years experience in real estate. The ideal candidate with be competent using Conveyancer, Teraview and PC law. Part - time applicants will be considered. Please send your resume and cover letter to Laura Smith at lsmith@noblegadientkelly.com.

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Intellectual Property Litigation Associate

Posted By Administration, November 27, 2017

Associate – Intellectual Property
2 - 4 Years of Experience

BLG’s Intellectual Property Group is currently recruiting an Associate with a
minimum of 2 - 4 years of relevant experience to join its team in the Ottawa
office.

Applicants who have strong client management and teamwork skills are
sought to assume responsibility in an active and diverse intellectual property
litigation practice. The ideal candidate will be experienced in the areas of
patent litigation, including pursuant to the Patented Medicines (Notice of
Compliance) Regulations, copyright litigation and trademark litigation. The
ideal candidate also will feel comfortable working in a team environment in a
role supporting partners and other team members in respect of complex
litigation files, interlocutory motions, discoveries, and trials and settlement
discussions. The candidate must be a member of the Ontario Bar in good
standing with the Law Society of Upper Canada, and must appreciate the
importance of providing excellent and responsive legal service to clients.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to develop their skills and
career as part of a successful team. With BLG’s national ongoing professional
development/legal education program, the successful candidate will obtain
advanced training, mentoring and exposure to the firm’s clients while being
supported to build their own practice and expertise. This is an ideal position
for someone who can hit the ground running, is a consummate team player,
has strong analytical, interpersonal, and oral and written communication skills,
takes initiative, and seeks an opportunity to be allowed to further develop
beyond their current skill level.

BLG is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace. We welcome
applications from diverse candidates.

If you are interested in joining our law firm, please send your cover letter,
résumé and transcripts, and list of references by December 22, 2017, in
confidence to:

Danielle Laflamme | Professional Recruiting Manager
Borden Ladner Gervais LLP | 100 Queen Street, Suite 1300 | Ottawa,
Ontario K1P 1J9
T: 613.787.3578 | Email: DLaflamme@blg.com

We thank all applicants for their interest in this position; however, only
applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

Applicants with disabilities may notify us of any accommodations needed to
support your participation in the recruitment processes.

BLG is an integrated national law firm that provides a broad range of legal
services, with more than 700 lawyers, intellectual property agents and other
professionals working in five major Canadian cities.

BLG is committed to helping our professionals reach the next level in their
careers. Our comprehensive approach to professional development has
received widespread recognition.

Everyone at BLG is required to carry out the duties of their role while upholding
the important principles of our Respectful Workplace Policy, and treating
everyone with respect, regardless of position.

* Please note that relatives of current BLG employees and Partners are not
eligible for consideration.

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Real Estate Law Clerk

Posted By Administration, November 24, 2017
GRANDMAITRE VIRGO EVANS Professional Corporation is seeking a bilingual real estate law clerk. You are an ideal candidate if you:

(i) have at least 3 years= working experience as real estate clerk providing support to a law firm=s real estate practice and capably manage purchase, sale and refinance files from start to closing;
(ii) are proficient in Teraview, Conveyancer and related real estate software applications;
(iii) enjoy taking initiative and working independently within a team atmosphere;
(iv) have a positive attitude, superior organizational skills and an eye for detail; and
(v) pride yourself on your excellent written and oral communications skills.

You will assist in reception relief duties. We offer full benefits, a new and modern office space, a professional yet approachable and collegial work environment, free parking and a salary commensurate with experience. All résumés will be reviewed with complete confidentiality.

If interested, please forward your cover letter and résumé by e-mail to Dianne Carter, Office Administrator, dianne@gvelaw.ca

Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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Associate - Trademarks

Posted By Administration, November 24, 2017

ABOUT GOWLING WLG

At Gowling WLG, our dedication to excellence and quality service begins with our people. As a global law firm with offices across Canada, the U.K., Europe, the Middle East and Asia, we pride ourselves on sourcing and retaining top talent who bring energy, passion and commitment to the delivery of outstanding client service.

When it comes to diversity, we not only accept it — we celebrate it, support it and thrive on it. To create an engaging and rewarding place to work, we seek to attract talented people from a diverse range of backgrounds and cultures. Our aim is to help everyone reach their full potential and achieve their personal and professional goals.

Employee satisfaction is important to us. We work hard to ensure that our people are motivated, engaged and empowered. Our diverse group of legal professionals, law students, law clerks/paralegals, legal administrative assistants and business support staff work together as a team, and are respected and valued for their individual contributions.

PROFILE

The Gowling WLG Ottawa office is currently seeking a lawyer to work within its Intellectual Property Department. The Intellectual Property Department provides a variety of legal services with respect to the usage, protection and enforcement of intellectual property. As the successful candidate, you will be providing legal advice, guidance and representation in relation to contentious and non-contentious matters in the areas of copyright and trademark law. Your responsibilities will include both prosecution and litigation aspects of trademark protection.

QUALIFICATIONS

• 2-4 years of relevant experience
• Background in trademarks, copyright and litigation an asset

APPLICATION DETAILS

Interested candidates should forward their resume in confidence to:
Sandra Borrello – HR Manager
Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP
Suite 2600, 160 Elgin St.
Ottawa, ON K1P 1C3
Fax: 613-788-3503
resumes.ottawa@gowlingwlg.com

Gowling WLG is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace. We are committed to offering equal employment opportunities regardless of race or racial group, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability or gender identity. We foster an inclusive, equitable and accessible environment.

If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation at any time during the recruitment process, please let us know.

While we appreciate all applications received, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

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Litigation Legal Assistant Position – Cavanagh LLP

Posted By Administration, November 24, 2017

Our team is growing and we want to find a great new legal assistant now!

We are a small but busy civil litigation firm. Our practice is in the areas of insurance and professional liability defence, personal injury, commercial and employment law.

Our offices are located in Westboro, across the street from a Starbucks, and a couple of blocks down from a Bridgehead.

Our new legal assistant will have a minimum of five years’ experience as an assistant in civil litigation and will be capable of working in a paperless office with the use of various litigation support software programs. The candidate we will choose for this position will have strong writing and computer skills. He or she will be organized and able to multi-task and to work independently. The ability to work in French, while not an essential job requirement, is valued, as is a sense of humour!

This is a full-time permanent position with a competitive salary and benefits package.

Please send your resume to our firm’s Director of Human Resources and Administration, Rachel Robert at rrobert@cavanagh.ca by December 8, 2017.

We thank everyone for their interest, but only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

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THE ELGIN STREET COURTHOUSE ANGEL PROGRAM 2017

Posted By Administration, November 24, 2017

The Holiday Season is approaching and once again we are asking the Ottawa legal community to help local families at this sometimes difficult time of year, with gifts of clothing, books or toys.

We have a list of children from the Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa who are participating in our “Angel Program”.

If you are interested in purchasing a gift for one of these children, an “Angel” card can be picked up at the Reception area of the Superior Court of Justice Judges’ Chambers on 5th Floor at 161 Elgin Street, Ottawa.

We ask that gifts are brought back unwrapped in a box with wrapping paper or a gift bag along with the “Angel” card attached, Monday December 11th, 2017.
Please avoid contributing food items due to possible unknown allergies.

We thank you for your generosity. If you have any questions please call 613.239.1399.

Please do not disappoint these young souls.

Lynn Ratushny
(Justice)

LE PROGRAMME D’ANGES DU PALAIS DE JUSTICE DE LA RUE ELGIN 2017

La saison des fêtes approche et nous demandons encore une fois à la communauté juridique d’Ottawa d’aider les familles locales à cette époque parfois difficile, en offrant des cadeaux de vêtements ou de jouets.

Nous avons une liste d’enfants de La Société de l’aide à l’enfance d’Ottawa qui participent à notre Programme d’anges.

Si vous souhaitez acheter un cadeau pour l’un de ces enfants, vous pouvez obtenir une carte « Ange » à la réception du cabinet des juges de la Cour supérieure de justice au 5e étage, 161, rue Elgin, Ottawa.

Plutôt que d’emballer le cadeau, veuillez s.v.p. utiliser une boîte tout en y attachant la carte « Ange » et le rapporter au 5e étage jusqu’au lundi le 11 décembre, 2017.

Veuillez éviter de contribuer des aliments en raison des risques d’allergies.

Nous vous remercions de votre générosité. Si vous avez des questions, appelez-nous au 613.239.1399.

S’il-vous plaît, rendez ces enfants heureux.

Lynn Ratushny
(Juge)

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Litigation Associate

Posted By Administration, November 22, 2017

Established and busy law firm in West-end Ottawa is seeking a junior level lawyer. This law practice has built an excellent reputation for efficient and effective legal work for our clients. The ideal candidate is to have experience in both Matrimonial and Civil litigation. This client-focused firm requires an individual with strong litigation and negotiation skills.

The successful candidate will "hit the ground running" and take ownership of an existing set of files. The candidate will also be expected to continue to build the practice.

Requirements:

- 2 years of post call experience;
- committed to the practice of law in a firm setting;
- excellent communication skills;
- solid client management skills;
- strong work ethic and able to work under pressure
- wants a professional platform that will maximize earning potential.

If you are an enthusiastic lawyer looking for a position in a friendly firm, then forward your resume to:

Rod A. Vanier: vanier@vanierlaw.on.ca

Salary and benefits are commensurate with experience.

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Will Search

Posted By Administration, November 22, 2017
Anyone having knowledge of Wills for BRIAN CHARLES BENNETT of the City of Ottawa, Province of Ontario, is requested to contact Sandy Dubas of Howard Kelford, 2 Main Street East, Smiths Falls, Ontario K7A 1A2, tel: (613) 283-6772, fax: (613) 283-8840 or email: sdubas@smithsfallslaw.ca

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Civil Litigation Assistant

Posted By Administration, November 15, 2017
Vincent Dagenais Gibson LLP/s.r.l. are currently seeking a Bilingual Litigation Assistant with 2 years’ experience to add to our team. The candidate must be fluent in both languages French and English. The candidate shall also be self-motivated with the ability to work independently, manage multiple tasks, and have excellent organization skills. Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. Interested candidates can email their resume to Tammy Hendrick at tammy.hendrick@vdg.ca.

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ÊTES-VOUS L’AVOCAT(E) QUE NOUS RECHERCHONS? / ARE YOU THE LAWYER WE ARE LOOKING FOR?

Posted By Administration, November 10, 2017

Si oui, vous êtes une personne accueillante, dévouée, débrouillarde, authentique et professionnelle. Vous possédez déjà de 1 à 3 années d’expérience au niveau du droit des affaires, des transactions immobilières et des testaments et successions. Vous devrez être en mesure de servir les clients dans les deux langues officielles en travaillant de notre bureau à Rockland. Si vous croyez être cet(te) avocat(e), veuillez consulter notre site web pour de plus amples renseignements concernant le poste : http://www.simards.ca/carriere

If so, you are welcoming, dedicated, resourceful, authentic, and professional and have strong values. You have 1 to 3 years of experience in wills and estates matters, real estate matters and business law. You will meet client expectations in both official languages working out of our Rockland office. If you believe you are our candidate, please visit our website for more information regarding the position: http://www.simards.ca/careers

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Real Estate Clerk

Posted By Administration, November 7, 2017
Brazeau Seller Law is looking for a new clerk to join its Real Estate Group

Our new clerk will have a wide range of responsibilities, including:

• Administrative duties such as email and calendar management, coordinating meetings, processing incoming and outgoing correspondence and processing of accounts.
• Managing workflow and drafting/preparing documents for all manner of real estate transactions including purchases, sales, leases and private and institutional financing.
• Conducting and reviewing title searches, off-title searches and drafting requisitions.
• Registration of documents in Teraview.
• Reporting on closed transactions.
• Managing timelines and providing appropriate reminders.
• Ensuring all physical and electronic filing is up to date and organized.
• Such other tasks as may be required.

We are looking for someone with the following knowledge, skills and experience:

• Completion of a law clerk program or diploma.
• 3-5 years of work experience as a Real Estate Law Clerk.
• Strong technical skills using Microsoft Office, Conveyancer, Teraview and document management software.
• Strong knowledge of basic legal concepts, principles and terminology, including a working knowledge of the law as it applies to real estate transactions, and applicable corporate law.
• Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to interact directly and diplomatically with lawyers and staff inside and outside the firm, and with clients, service providers, municipalities and other agencies.
• Strong time management skills and the ability to prioritize tasks with minimal supervision.
• Superior organizational skills with both physical and electronic files.
• Superior attention to detail and consistently sound judgment and reasoning.

If interested, please forward your resume to:

David Reid
Suite 700 – 100 Queen Street
Ottawa, ON
K1P 1J9
Tel: 613-237-4000
Fax: 613-237-4001
dreid@brazeauseller.com

We thank you for your interest in our firm; however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Recruiters, please do not contact this poster.

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Seeking Lawyer with 3-5 Years’ Experience – Succession Planning

Posted By Administration, November 7, 2017

Practitioner anticipating retirement within two to three years, have an opportunity for one or two lawyers seeking to establish his / her / their own practice. This is an opportunity for someone who is considering self-employment to purchase and inherit an existing practice. In this role you will have direct client contact and independent carriage of real estate and wills and estates matters. We are only interested in highly driven professionals who want to work full time hours and build on an already lucrative law practice.

It is essential that the candidate is hard working, a team player, has great interpersonal skills and is detail oriented.

Requirements

- Ideally, but not required, to have at least 3 to 5 years of experience.
- Familiar with real estate, corporate and wills and estates practice areas.
- The candidate must be a member of the Ontario Bar, in good standing with the Law Society of Upper Canada.

The Practice

These lawyers have maintained their practice for over 35 years. The practice areas include real estate, wills and estates, corporate and family law.

The Office

The office is located in the Carling / Kirkwood area with free onsite parking. There are four lawyer’s offices, a boardroom, a signing room, eight work-stations and a kitchen.

Retirement Planning

The intention is to reduce the practice to 2 to 3 days per week starting fall 2018, and full retirement thereafter. The lawyer will continue to service real estate and wills and estates clients pending retirement.

Assistant

There are highly experienced and capable assistants currently employed, and would be available for work sharing if arrangements are required, and full employment starting early 2018.

Contact

Please send cover letter and C.V. to applicants8181@gmail.com.

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Office/Career Opportunity

Posted By Administration, November 3, 2017

Downtown office in small Law Firm Chambers across from Museum of Nature.

Shared facilities: Conference Room and Kitchen. Congenial atmosphere with other lawyers.

Rent: $1,495.00 per month plus HST

Referral business available.

Potential opportunity for Association/Partnership.

Call Tom Windle - 613-231-2734 Ext. 225 or email Thomas@windlelaw.ca

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