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CPD resources to help stay up-to-date on the ever-changing legislative landscape

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) program materials continue to be an excellent resource for keeping current on new and amended Ontario legislation. These materials typically summarize statute and rule changes, and provide valuable advice for legal practitioners on adapting their practices and improving client outcomes. Here is a selection of recently received CPD program materials that focus on key legislative developments in Ontario family, construction, municipal/planning and residential tenancies law Continue reading


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New Module of Lexis Practice Advisor available at the Great Library

If you have ever used Lexis Practice Advisor Canada, you know the range of practical information it has to offer: checklists, precedents, sample clauses and flow charts, as well as practice notes and drafting tips contributed by leading Canadian lawyers and law firms. The Great Library’s subscription to Practice Advisor now includes the Litigation & Dispute Resolution module.  Continue reading


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Ontario budget includes proposed changes regarding the Law Society’s name, paralegals and contingency fees

The 2018 Ontario Budget – A Plan For Care And Opportunity was released on Wednesday, March 22, 2018. Proposed amendments affecting the Law Society and legal profession in Ontario can be found in Chapter V, Section D: Amendments: Other Legislative Initiatives. Continue reading


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Organize and monitor your online legal research

Legal research can get messy fast. The process of finding and understanding the relevant law is rarely linear. It can also take time, cover many sources, both print and electronic, and produce a large volume of results, from commentary to cases. Having a research plan, documenting your process and keeping your results organized are key. Lexbox is a free Google Chrome extension which presents one option for organizing and monitoring your online legal research. Continue reading