Flex Legal's President Appointed as Regional Alumni Advisor (Toronto) for the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law
Flex is thrilled to announce Erin Cowling's appointment as Regional Alumni Advisor (Toronto) for the University of Ottawa's Faculty of Law (Common Law). Through this role Erin will serve the Common Law alumni community in Toronto and support recent graduates through the provision of confidential workplace and career advice and alumni outreach.
See the announcements in Precedent A-List and The Lawyer's Daily.
It is awards season for lawyers, which means there are a lot of upcoming social and networking events to attend in Toronto, Ottawa, and London!
We've compiled a list to help you build your personal network and find potential referral sources:
MAY 1, 2019 – OTTAWA – OBA Young Lawyers Division. A Springtime Evening with The Honourable Justice Malcom Rowe of the Supreme Court of Canada. The Rideau Club. 5:00pm Registration. CBA Member $35.00. Non-Member $45.00
MAY 1, 2019 – TORONTO – Women’s Law Association of Ontario – Articling Chapter. Champagne & Shop. The Hudson’s Bay 176 Yonge Street. 6:00pm-9:00pm. Articling Students and WLAO Members $30.00. Non-Members $40.00.
MAY 2, 2019 – TORONTO -Toronto Lawyers Association – 7th Annual Bench & Bar Young Lawyers Soiree. TLA Lawyers Lounge, 2nd Floor, 361 University. 5:00pm Registration. 5:30pm-7:30pm. This event is for lawyers called to the Bar in the past 10 years as well as articling students and law students. Members and Judiciary FREE. Non-Members $20.00
MAY 2, 2019 – LONDON – The Advocates’ Society London Pub Night. 5:30pm. The Squire Pub and Grill. This event is open to members, non-member lawyers and law school and articling students. FREE. Your business card is your ticket. Register online.
MAY 14, 2019 – TORONTO – OBA Class Actions Section Spring Social. PwC Canada 18 York Street, Suite 2600. 6:00pm - 8:00pm. FREE.
MAY 14, 2019 – OTTAWA – The Advocates’ Society - The John P. Nelligan Award for Excellence in Advocacy 2019 – Shaw Centre, Ottawa. 6:00pm-10:00pm. $135.00 (members and non-members welcomed).
MAY 14, 2019 – TORONTO – The Advocates’ Society Annual Family Law Bench and Bar Reception. 2700 – 250 Yonge Street. 5:30pm Registration. FREE for members. $20.00 for non-members.
MAY 15, 2019 – TORONTO – OBA Award of Excellence in Insurance Law. Omni King Edward Hotel. 5:30pm-9:00pm. CBA Member $175. Non-Member $195.
MAY 15, 2019 – TORONTO – OBA – Young Lawyers Gala. Gardiner Museum. 6:00pm-10:00pm. CBA Member $80.00. CBA Student Member $55.00. Non-Member $100.
MAY 16, 2019 – TORONTO – OBA Women Lawyers Forum Award of Excellence in the Promotion of Women’s Equality Award Winner: Lynn McGrade. 20 Toronto Street. 5:30pm Registration. 6:00pm Dinner & Award. CBA Member $100, CBA Student Member $50, Non-Member $140.
MAY 22, 2019 – TORONTO – The Advocates’ Society – Toronto Mentoring Dinner Series (Speed Mentoring). 2700-250 Yonge Street. 6:00pm-8:30pm. Members $75.00. Non-Members $95.00.
MAY 29, 2019 – TORONTO – OBA Award of Excellence in Constitutional, Civil Liberties and Human Rights Law. 20 Toronto Street. 5:00pm Registration. CBA Member $65.00. CBA Student Member $40.00. Non-Member $95.00.
MAY 30, 2019 – OTTAWA – County of Carleton Law Association. Spring Fling Social. 4:30pm. Geneva Room, Knox Presbyterian Church, 120 Lisgar.
JUNE 4, 2019 – TORONTO – OBA Award of Excellence in Trusts and Estates Law. Four Seasons Hotel. 5:30pm Registration. CBA Member $140.00 Non-Member $170.00.
JUNE 6, 2019 – TORONTO – OBA Health Law Section Year-End Dinner and Award Presentation. 20 Toronto Street. 5:30pm Registration. CBA Member $95.00. CBA Student Member $45.00. Non-Member $145.00.
JUNE 12, 2019 – TORONTO – WLAO Annual Awards Gala. Rosewater Room. 17 Toronto Street. 6:00pm Reception followed by dinner. Member $110.00. Non-Member $125.00. Student $95.00.
JUNE 13, 2019 – TORONTO – OBA Award of Excellence in Pensions & Benefits. Cluny Bistro, Distillery District. 5:30pm Registration. CBA Member $155. Non-Member $170.
JUNE 20, 2019 – TORONTO – The Advocates’ Society End of Term Dinner. Metro Toronto Convention Centre, North Building. 5:30pm Registration. Members Only. $275.00.
Know of any other upcoming social or networking events? Let us know!
And we hope to see you at some of these events soon.
(Please double-check dates/times/location/prices directly on the associations' websites as this information may change).
This is the first article in our series “The Ethics of Freelance Lawyering”. The series will focus on the common questions we receive from lawyers or law firms looking to outsource their legal work. This post looks at maintaining confidentiality when freelancing.
How do freelance lawyers maintain their duty of confidentiality?
In Ontario, Rule 3.3-1 of the Rules of Professional Conduct sets out the duty of confidentiality. This means a lawyer at all times must:
hold in strict confidence all information concerning the business and affairs of the client acquired in the course of the professional relationship and shall not divulge any such information unless (a) expressly or impliedly authorized by the client; (b) required by law or by order of a tribunal of competent jurisdiction to do so; (c) required to provide the information to the Law Society; or (d) otherwise permitted by the rules. (i.e. justified or permitted disclosure).
Each province has a similarly worded rule, as does the Federation of Law Societies of Canada’s Model Code of Professional Conduct.
All of Flex’s freelance lawyers who take on legal work are called to the bar in at least one province in Canada and licensed with the law society or regulator of that province. This means that they must abide by any applicable Rules or Code of Professional Conduct. Therefore, they are required to honour their duty of confidentiality, just like any other lawyer. So, in short, they keep the information they receive in strict confidence!
As a lawyer who hires a freelance lawyer how do I maintain my duty of confidentiality?
Lawyers should obtain consent from their client before disclosing any of their client’s confidential information to a freelance lawyer. Often law firms who use freelance lawyers include a clause in their retainer agreement and explain to their clients that from time to time, in order to keep legal costs down, they may employ the use of a freelance lawyer and that the client consents to their information being disclosed to the freelance lawyer for that purpose. Clients are happy that their lawyers are seeking out ways to minimize their legal fees. They just need to know where their information is going. (If you would like to see a sample clause for your retainer, please contact us.)
What about Flex Legal?
Flex Legal does not have access to any confidential information or documentation relating to the matters worked on by the freelance lawyers in our network. We only obtain general information from our lawyer clients (i.e. they need assistance with drafting summary judgment motion material or a factum for an interlocutory injunction, etc.) before we match the lawyer client with a freelance lawyer.
Make sense? Still have questions? Let us know!
Stay tuned for the next post in this series on "Conflicts of Interest".
Note: This article provides an overview only and does not constitute legal advice.
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