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Canadian Defence Lawyers is the only national organization
representing the interests of civil defence lawyers.
With members from coast to coast, we offer unparalleled
opportunities to unite the defence bar over common issues.


Westerhof decision

The Court of Appeal for Ontario released its decision today in Westerhof v Gee. The key issue in this case was whether treating practitioners could provide opinion evidence on causation, diagnosis and prognosis without complying with Rule 53.03.

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26 March 2015

Class Proceedings Review in Ontario - Message from DRI

In response to a request by the Ministry of the Attorney General, the Law Commission of Ontario (LCO) will conduct a review of the Ontario Class Proceedings Act which may lead to recommending amendments to it. Those recommendations may ultimately result in legislative changes in Ontario and other Canadian provinces.

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19 March 2015

Submissions to LSUC on ABS

The insurance defence practice has faced many challenges and changes in the last 20 years in its market and business practices across Canada. On behalf of its Ontario membership, the Canadian Defence Lawyers (CDL) is well situated to provide feedback as these changes and challenges reflect many of the current considerations underway regarding whether ABS will lead toward innovation in how legal services are provided in Ontario.

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30 January 2015

Moore v. Getahun Decision

Court Holds that Trial Judge Erred in Moore v. Getahun
The Court of Appeal for Ontario has released its decision in Moore v Getahun. The much anticipated decision specifically addressed comments made by the trial judge regarding the extent to which communication between counsel and experts is permitted. In particular, the trial judge had held that the 2010 changes to the Ontario Rules of Civil Procedure precluded meetings between experts and lawyers to review and shape expert reports and opinions. The trial judge further suggested that all communication with an expert after receipt of a final report should be in writing and disclosed to the opposing party.

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29 January 2015

CDL Leaders recognized

Congratulations to CDL President Patricia Armstrong and CDL Past President Colin Clackson on receiving their Queens Counsel designations.

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6 January 2015

Intervention News

CDL offers its sincerest thanks to members John Olah (Beard Winter) and Stephen Libin (Dutton Brock) who have most generously donated their time in support of this intervention. Compliments from all involved to John and Stephen who, according to sources, have played a significant role in the shaping of new law. CDL felt it important to intervene on behalf of its membership because of how communications with experts affect how defence lawyers practice. Read more.

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7 October 2014

Events & CLE

Insurance Defence for Law Clerks - SOLD OUT

26 March 2015

Putting it All Together - insurance defence for Law Clerks. CALL TO BE PLACED ON THE WAITING LIST 416-340-9859

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Moore v Getahun Audioconference

9 April 2015

Earlier this year, the Court of Appeal for Ontario released its decision in Moore v Getahun. The much anticipated decision specifically addressed comments made by the trial judge regarding the extent to which communication between counsel and experts is permitted.

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AB Spring Symposium - Full Day - Toronto

24 April 2015

Spring must be on its way - time again for our annual AB Symposium coming up on April 24th. Chaired by perennial favourites Eric Grossman and Adam Wagman this gathering of defence and plaintiff counsel is the go-to event for all AB counsel in Ontario.

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Defensible Positions - Half Day 1 - 4pm

27 April 2015

Our annual Atlantic CLE. We decided to wait until winter would be gone for sure before bringing CDL's annual Atlantic Canada programming back to Halifax.

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Boot Camp Vancouver

8 May 2015

Basic Training for New Defence Lawyers! You passed law school and you survived Articling, and now you are a new lawyer and your first file lands on your desk... what do you do? The life of a file can be a bit of a mystery when you have never seen a file from opening to completion.

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2015 Insurance Symposium - DVD $339
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2015 Insurance Symposium -  Materials only $84.75

Municipal Liability Audioconference $84.75 Fordham v. Dutton Dunwich
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Defence Briefs - Property - download programme outline  $169.50  3.5 hours Substantive CLE   

Personal Injury for Law Clerks - download programme outline  $158.20 tax included  5.25 hours of Substantive CLE

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9th Annual P.I. 
Charity Hockey Challenge
Collins Barrow Cup

Thursday April 16, 2015
Canlan Sports Etobicoke
1120 Martin Grove Rd, Etobicoke.

In support of the Canadian Spinal Research Organization’s Shoot For A Cure Fundraising Campaign.

The cost to register is $225 per player, but if you raise $500 in the Pledge Incentive Program, you play for free! AMAZING prizes to go to the top 7 highest pledgers! 

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