The Way we Were …and the Way we Are

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When I think back upon my year of Articling as a Law Student in 1971-1972, and my call to the Bar in 1972, I realize how it may look the same, but the practice of law today is very different.  It’s different for us lawyers, and also for our clients. Having spent most of the…


What the heck is Med-Arb?

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For a number of years we all heard of Arbitration as a way to obtain a decision in a dispute between two or more parties.   Some agreements mandate that disputes are arbitrated rather than litigated as a way to save costs and to obtain a decision in a much shorter time frame than through the…


New Civil Resolution Tribunal

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British Columbia is establishing Canada’s first online dispute resolution body. The innovative Civil Resolution Tribunal will address small claims and strata property disputes. The Tribunal is expected to launch later this year. The Civil Resolution Tribunal Act was passed in 2012 and amendments to the Act passed third reading on April 21, 2015. The Tribunal…


Wigs, Robes and Tradition

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Recently at the end of the day I looked out my office window that overlooks the transit roundabout on Queensway…now in the process of being changed/upgraded….. to my right, towards the Memorial Arena…..I am reminded that is where the new park aide is to be built….across from there… at any time now, the new IHA…


Mediation

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Many things can happen along the way to a trial.  Often a settlement is one of them.  As a trial lawyer I recognize that having your day in court comes at a very high price.  Lawyers’ fees are only part of that price.  There is delay – civil cases take years to get to trial.…


The Civil Resolution Tribunal – Coming to a Computer Near You!

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This is an exciting development in the world of ADR – Alternate Dispute Resolution.  Dispute resolution practitioners, and I’m one of them, applaud this kind of “thinking outside the box” that gives people more options for resolving disputes.  If I have one concern with this new process it is that, with few exceptions, the parties […]


Love thy Noisy Neighbour?

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It’s a late Sunday night. Everyone has retired for the night in preparation for another long work week. Well, almost everyone. Your downstairs neighbour has decided to have a Sunday night dance party in his living room. The sound of the bass reverberates through the walls and right into your bedroom. It’s a party to […]