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What Does Innovation Mean in the Legal Industry?
Posted on: September 5th, 2018 by

If you’ve kept an ear to the ground in the last few years, you’ve probably heard about legal innovation. For example, the Ontario Bar Association recently announced that it will have an Innovator in Residence position to direct adoption of legal innovation. Many law firms use innovation as a marketing tool to attract users

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Marcia Oliver Elected Secretary of the CBA’s National Construction & Infrastructure Law Section Executive
Posted on: July 17th, 2018 by

Advocates LLP is pleased to congratulate our partner Marcia Oliver on her recent election to Secretary of the Canadian Bar Association’s National Construction & Infrastructure Law Section Executive. The Section focuses its efforts on finding solutions to legal issues impacting the Canadian construction industry. A Certified Specialist in Construction Law and a

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Trump’s Tariffs and Trudeau’s Countermeasures: How to Protect Yourself in the Construction Industry
Posted on: June 28th, 2018 by

Introduction

The United States government, under the administration of Donald Trump, imposed tariffs on imports of Canadian steel and aluminum at the rate of 25% and 10% respectively, effective May 31, 2018. As a countermeasure, Canada’s Department of Finance intends to impose a reciprocal surtax (or analogous trade restrictive countermeasures) on imports of steel, aluminum,

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Calculating Your Lien Amount – Do Not Overplay Your Hand
Posted on: April 16th, 2018 by

Registering a construction lien against a property is a significant remedy that immediately triggers certain obligations and responsibilities for an owner. For that reason, the Construction Lien Act, 1990, c. C. 30 places an obligation on the party that is registering the lien to ensure the lien amount is accurate and not inflated.

A recent

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Advocates Partner Marcia Oliver Honoured by her Peers
Posted on: April 13th, 2018 by

The firm is proud to announce that Marcia Oliver has been awarded the Joel Kuchar Award for Professionalism and Civility. This annual award is given to two lawyers chosen by members of the legal profession, who have “consistently demonstrated exemplary commitment to the ideals of professionalism and civility in the practice of law.” We

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Adjudication – Coming Soon to “…a Contract Near You!”
Posted on: March 18th, 2018 by

The Construction Lien Amendment Act of Ontario (Bill 142) was given Royal Assent in December 2017. Among its many changes, it will introduce an adjudication process. The effective date of the necessary regulations allowing adjudication is currently set for late 2019. By that time, whether your contract includes adjudication procedures or not, these procedures will

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Advocates Hit the Road at ORBA
Posted on: February 14th, 2018 by

The firm’s team of Eric Grigg, Kyle MacLean, Jeff Van Bakel, and Jim LeBer will be teaching a day-long workshop at the Ontario Road Builders Association annual “Road Building Academy” in Toronto on Tuesday February 27th. The workshop is principally focused upon contractor’s strategies for dealing with the Ministry of

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Marcia Oliver at OBA Institute 2018
Posted on: February 12th, 2018 by

Marcia Oliver recently co-chaired the Ontario Bar Association’s Institute 2018 which ran in Toronto during the week of February 6th. There were over 30 Continuing Professional Development programs being run concurrently through the week for lawyers to learn and sharpen their skills. At the firm we are proud of Marcia’s commitment to supporting our

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Advocates Lawyers at TiPTO 2017
Posted on: November 21st, 2017 by

A team from Advocates attended and participated in the Technology in Practice 2017 Conference hosted by Commonwealth Legal, A Division of Ricoh Canada, that took place in Toronto in early November.

Managing Partner Jim LeBer joined a panel discussing how small firms like Advocates are using technology to “Even the Playing Field”. Jim was

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Welcome Jeff Van Bakel!
Posted on: November 17th, 2017 by

We are pleased to announce that Jeff Van Bakel has joined Advocates LLP. Jeff is an experienced commercial litigator who has spent 10 years working in a larger Toronto firm, in a variety of practice areas including construction, commercial and insurance defence work. Jeff and his family had decided to relocate to London where

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