Risk Management and Crisis Response

Offering timely updates and strategic insights on identifying, assessing and managing internal and external risk, Risk Management and Crisis Response provides readers with practical information to help them navigate through this complex topic. Written by members of Osler’s cross-disciplinary Risk Management and Crisis Response practice, the blog also tackles key regulatory developments, compliance requirements and court decisions while further exploring corporate governance and crisis response issues.

The first blog of its kind in Canada, Risk Management and Crisis Response is a useful resource for in-house counsel and senior executives as well risk managers and advisors, worldwide.

Canadian Class Action Defence

In Canadian Class Action Defence, we provide timely, reliable and practical information about defending national and international class actions involving Canadian courts. We share strategic insights on preventing, preparing for, managing and resolving cross-border class actions, both nationally and internationally, using specific cases or developments as the springboard for our discussion. Since Canada does not have a mechanism to centralize class actions brought in different provinces on behalf of the same class (unlike U.S. MDL), managing overlapping class actions in Canadian jurisdictions poses some unique challenges. In this blog, we consider how best to manage these challenges as well as highlighting the differences between jurisdictions. Osler’s Class Actions team is recognized by leading surveys of legal professionals, including:

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory ranks Osler as “most frequently recommended” for class actions expertise.

Pensions & Benefits Law 

We provide advice to national and multinational employers, pension plan sponsors and administrators, public sector pension funds and financial institutions with respect to the Canadian and U.S./cross-border legal and regulatory aspects of pension plans and employee benefits plans. Pensions & Benefits Law is a discussion of Canadian and U.S./cross-border Pensions & Benefit Legal Issues. Osler’s Pensions & Benefits team is recognized by leading surveys of legal professionals, including:

  • Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Business Lawyers ranks Osler’s Pensions & Benefits Group as top tier, with a client saying, “They do everything, from providing general updates to monitoring legal landscapes. I am impressed.”
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory ranks the group as “most frequently recommended.” Lexpert Magazine, the country’s leading legal journal, has called Osler one of two market leaders in pension plan administration matters, where “the pure pension law expertise largely resides.” Lexpert also noted that Osler is “found as counsel on pension-related deals more frequently than any other firm in the country” and.
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada ranks Osler as “top-listed” in Ontario and Québec in Employee Benefits Law, with several of our legal practitioners recognized in the directory for their expertise in this field.

The Conduct of an Appeal

In the summer of 1990, near the end of his Supreme Court clerkship with Justice John Sopinka, Mark was asked to co-author a book Justice Sopinka wanted to write about appellate law and practice. Over the next couple of years, they built The Conduct of an Appeal, from scratch. There was nothing like it in Canadian legal literature at the time. The first edition of the book in 1993 completed a Sopinka trilogy that began with The Law of Evidence in Civil Cases in 1974 and continued with The Trial of an Action in 1981. These books, as they evolve in subsequent editions, remain as a tribute to Justice Sopinka’s important contributions to Canadian legal scholarship.

In the time that has passed since the publication of the second edition of The Conduct of an Appeal in 2000, there have been many judicial and statutory developments in the subject matter of this work. Mark has endeavoured to capture and reflect those changes in a way that will be as user-friendly as possible for practitioners and academics alike.

As new developments in appellate law and practice occur, Mark comments on them in this blog.


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The seminar addressed, Outline of Aboriginal Law, Issues for Quebec and Aboriginal People, Recent Case Law, Trends in Aboriginal Law.


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The clock is ticking. Canada’s anti-spam law (CASL) will come into force on July 1, 2014. With only six months to plan, it is critical for businesses to put compliance planning at the top of their agenda.