Erin Cowling was quoted in a recent article "Judge strikes lawyer's claim against firm" by Alex Robinson of the Law Times. The article discusses the case of Sachedina v. De Rose where a lawyer sued his former law firm for wrongful dismissal and chose to represent himself in the proceedings. The law firm brought a motion to strike the Statement of Claim as it contravened the Rules of Civil Procedure and breached solicitor and client privilege.
Ultimately the Court struck the 87 paged, 259 paragraphed Statement of Claim in its entirety with leave for the plaintiff to deliver a new Amended Statement of Claim within 30 days. The Law Times article addresses some takeaways from the case, including why it is rarely a good idea for lawyers to represent themselves, and the importance of protecting solicitor/client privilege in wrongful dismissal claims brought by lawyers against their former firms.
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