Mediation, Arbitration and Litigation: What’s the Difference?

Blog Post
December 11, 2017
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It is a common misconception that all legal disputes are resolved in the court-room. In fact, only a fraction end up going to litigation; most are resolved through alternative dispute resolution, such as mediation or arbitration. It all depends on the complexity of the issue and the parties involved. So what is the difference between mediation, arbitration and litigation?

Getting People Help Sooner – Obtaining Relief In an Era of Judicial Delay

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June 27, 2017
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When faced with an injury, access to funds can mean the difference between being able to afford newly-required supports and struggling to do so. These funds can allow for life-improving measures such as attendant care, house-keeping services or home alterations. An essential role of our personal injury lawyers is obtaining these funds for our clients as efficiently as possible. Our priority is on ensuring our clients get the support that they need.

Mind the Gap – What Happens When Details Are Missing From a Settlement?

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June 6, 2017
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Arbitrations can be fairly informal proceedings. Efforts to settle arbitrations are often more informal still. All participants recognize that a settlement is usually better than completing the hearing, even if everyone leaves the table a little dissatisfied. But what happens when there is an agreement on all or just about almost all of the essential terms of a settlement? Everyone is happy, right? Not always. Sometimes there is no settlement at all.

What Does The Duty to Account Entail?

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November 9, 2016
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Any time that a person is handling or dealing with the assets of another person, that second person is a ‘beneficiary’. Therefore, the person handling or dealing with those assets has a fiduciary duty to act honestly and in good faith towards the beneficiary, and to account to that beneficiary with what has been done with those assets.

Navigating the Litigation Process

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October 27, 2016
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While a lawyer can provide guidance through the steps of the negotiation and litigation process, knowing how the process works prior to initiating it should help alleviate some of the stress. Here is a brief outline of steps in the litigation process in the order in which they [generally!] occur.

To Arbitrate or Litigate, that is the Question

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October 17, 2016
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Many potential commercial litigants have been looking for a more efficient system through which to resolve disputes. For better or worse, arbitration clauses have become the go-to mechanism of conflict resolution adopted in many commercial agreements.

Alternative Dispute Resolution – The Benefit of Experience

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September 19, 2016
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As legal fees continue to rise, business professionals are often faced with a difficult decision. Should I attempt to resolve this dispute on my own, or should I retain a lawyer with expertise in dispute resolution?

Auto Insurance Dispute Resolution System Transformation Project

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July 15, 2016
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As of April 1, 2016, the Licence Appeal Tribunal (‘LAT’) of the Safety, Licensing Appeals and Standards Tribunal Ontario (‘SLASTO’) will assume all new applications for dispute resolution services under the Statutory Accident Benefits Schedule (‘SABS’). The Financial Services Commission of Ontario (‘FSCO’) will no longer accept applications for mediation, neutral evaluation, and arbitration after March 31, 2016.

International Trademark Association (INTA) 2016 Annual Meeting

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April 6, 2016
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The 138th Annual Meeting for the International Trademark Association (INTA) will be held this year in Orlando, Florida, from May 21 to 25, 2016. Wing Yan, Taiji Yoshino and Adam Tracey from our Intellectual Property group will all be in attendance.

Mediating your way through separation

Blog Post
September 25, 2015
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Sometimes the only thing separating couples can agree on is that they want to resolve their issues in a cost-effective, time-efficient and discrete way. This is where mediation can be a great option. But it’s not for everyone.