Law Society news and other moves and grooves for Oct. 4

Conduit and Deloitte part ways, new chief for Canadian Olympic Foundation

Justice Harry Laforme, centre, is presented with an honorary Doctor of Laws degree.


LSUC honours Justice Harry Laforme

At its Call to the Bar ceremony in Toronto last week, the Law Society of Upper Canada presented Justice Harry Laforme with an honorary Doctor of Laws degree.

Called to the Bar in 1979, Justice LaForme has been recognized as a highly respected and dedicated leader within the legal profession and the Indigenous community. He is Ojibwa and a member of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation.

Prior to his appointment to the Bench, Justice LaForme practised principally in the area of Aboriginal law involving the Constitution and Charter. He was appointed a judge to the Ontario Court of Justice (General Division) in 1994, followed by his appointment to the Court of Appeal for Ontario in 2004. He is the first Indigenous person to be appointed to a Canadian appellate court. 

Robert Lapper steps down as LSUC CEO
Robert Lapper, who served as CEO of the Law Society of Upper Canada for six years, has tendered his resignation effective Oct. 31. After almost six years as CEO of the Law Society of Upper Canada (Ontario) I have decided that it is time to leave, to focus on new opportunities and life priorities,” he said. 
Perry Dellelce elected chair of Canadian Olympic Foundation
Wildeboer Dellelce managing partner Perry Dellelce is the new chair of the Canada’s Olympic Foundation’s board of directors. Calgary fundraiser and businessman Paul McIntyre Royston takes over as CEO.
Conduit Law parts ways with Deloitte
Less than 18 months after Deloitte acquired the business of Conduit Law LLP to form a new legal business called Deloitte Conduit Law LLP, the venture is dead.

On Sept. 29, Conduit Law, which bills itself as offering “outsourced lawyers to support in-house legal teams,” providing “on-demand solutions for law firms,” and assisting clients “with short-term projects and special engagements,” announced “its renewed independence.”

Conduit Law founder Peter Carayiannis’ explanation of the split suggests that attempts to integrate Conduit with the organizational behemoth that is Deloitte were futile.

“We have decided that Conduit Law can scale more rapidly as an independent firm,” he said. “We are professionals with the highest standards of client service, but in a rapidly changing world we also need to be able to move in an agile and responsive way to deal with immediate client issues.”

The merger with Conduit Law was widely viewed as an important part of Deloitte’s strategy to access the legal services market.

Scott Fairley


Scott Fairley appointed to CFTA arbitral roster

The Ontario Government has appointed Cambridge Law partner Scott Fairley to both the standing Panel Roster of Arbitrators and the Appellate Panel Roster under the new Canadian Free Trade Agreement. The CFTA replaced the interprovincial Agreement on Internal Trade in July.

Shulman Law Firm expands to Vaughan
Family law boutique Shulman law firm has opened an office an Vaughan to go with its locations in Toronto and North York. The office is intended to serve clients north of Toronto in response to what the firm calls an “ever-increasing demand for its family law expertise.”

LSUC’s E&O fees remain stable
The Law Society of Upper Canada has approved its 2018 insurance program for Ontario insured licensees. Highlights of the program include: 
— Fees will remain unchanged at $2,950 per insured licensee;
— The billing limit for the Part Time Practice Option Discount has been raised to $90,000;
— Civil litigation transaction levies will be waived for family litigation beginning in 2018; and
— The transaction levy on civil litigation matters generally will be increased from $50 to $100. 
Aird & Berlis commits $100,000 in cash and services to Innovation York
Regional law firm Aird & Berlis and partner Ronald Williamson have announced gifts of cash and legal services totalling $100,000 over the next four years to York University’s entrepreneurship unit, LaunchYU, which operates under the banner of Innovation York.
For the next four years, the top venture from the graduating glass in LaunchYU’s AccelerateUP program will receive some $12,500 in cash and an equal amount of Aird & Berlis’ StartupSource legal services.

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