How Ottawa’s Fauna restaurant fought back to overcome a $900K landlord dispute

Blog Post
May 6, 2019
Read Time: 5 minutes

After spending months preparing to launch his new Centretown restaurant Fauna, Jon Svazas received a troubling phone call around midnight just hours before its grand opening. A water pipe had burst in the restaurant, flooding the basement and damaging the dining room. That setback alone would be discouraging for any entrepreneur. But for Svazas, it… Read more »

How to protect yourself during a business breakup

Blog Post
September 25, 2018
Read Time: 3 minutes

Like any relationship, business partnerships can be susceptible to disagreements. And just like the breakdown of a marriage or common-law relationship, business breakups can be painful and costly. What are some steps you can take to protect yourself if your business partnership fizzles out?

Food Delivery Apps – Good for Business?

Blog Post
July 18, 2018
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The traditional method of calling up your favourite restaurant and placing your order directly is increasingly being replaced by food delivery apps such as SkipTheDishes, UberEats and Foodora. In an industry know for its slim profit margins, are food delivery apps actually good for business?

Opening a restaurant in Ottawa: How to cut through the red tape

Blog Post
June 18, 2018
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If you plan to open your own restaurant, bakery or café – or purchase an existing establishment – navigating the labyrinth of required permits, licenses and bylaw obligations can be confusing. The City of Ottawa offers a Business Ambassador Service with a Business Information Officer (BIO) to assist and guide entrepreneurs in starting their enterprise.

Separating love from business: Legal tips on how to manage your assets alongside family life

Blog Post
May 7, 2018
Read Time: 4 minutes

The balance between life and work has long been a struggle for professionals. And things tend to become all the more complicated when assets – whether in the form of company shares, investments, real estate or otherwise – are brought into the equation. While most people don’t enter into a romantic partnership planning for it to end, breakups nevertheless do happen. And when not managed properly, they can be financially devastating.

David Contant Interviewed By Canadian Underwriter

Blog Post
April 26, 2018
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In the wake of tragedies such as the van attack in Toronto early this week, it is natural for people to think about whether it could have been prevented. Our very own David Contant was interviewed on Tuesday for an article in Canadian Underwriter. He spoke about the liability of the rental company that had leased out the van that was used in the attack, as well as implications for insurers.

Construction Reform: Bill 142 Receives Royal Assent

Blog Post
January 24, 2018
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Last month, Bill 142 received Royal Assent and is now law. The bill proposed major changes to the Construction Lien Act, seeking to modern the Act and introduce long-overdue reforms to the construction industry.

Craig O’Brien Talks about slips and falls

Video Post
January 5, 2018
Read Time: 9 minutes

In a recent live interview Craig O’Brien talked about what businesses can do to avoid slips and falls on their premises in winter. Below is the transcript of that interview. Intro (Paul): Hi there. My name is Paul Taylor-Sussex from Nelligan O’Brien Payne and today we are chatting with Craig O’Brien who is the head… Read more »