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More than half of Quebec Bar members are women

The number of lawyers in Quebec has grown by 17 per cent over the past decade, with women leading the charge and now representing more than half of the Quebec Bar, according to a survey by the Quebec legal society.

There are 26,512 lawyers enrolled in the Quebec Bar, as of March 31, 2017, compared to 22,575 in 2008, according to a French-language report entitled “Sous la loupe de la diversité 2017” that was published by the Barreau du Québec.

It’s no wonder why young Quebec lawyers face bleak prospects. Even the new president of the Quebec Bar, Paul-Matthieu Grondin, remarked recently that it boiled down to a matter of supply and demand. A troubling report by the Young Bar of Montreal revealed last year that Quebec law students are having a harder time finding articling positions, getting paid less for them, and receiving fewer job offers after articling, and it urges the provincial law society to establish “reasonable” and variable quotas to curb the “uncontrolled” rising number of lawyers in the province.…

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New Quebec Bar president lays bare uncomfortable truths about Quebec justice

Barely a few minutes after reciting the oath as new president of the Quebec legal society, Paul-Matthieu Grondin laid bare uncomfortable truths about the Quebec justice system and the Quebec Bar itself.

Grondin won the first prize at the International Oratory Competition in Brussels, Belgium a couple of years ago, and it showed. Grondin laid out a crisp and sharp portrait of the challenges facing the legal world before an audience of Quebec legal heavyweights at the Chateau Frontenac in picturesque Quebec City. The Quebec Minister of Justice had a front row seat as did the Court of Quebec Chief Justice, the Court of Quebec Associate Chief Judge and Court of Quebec Associate Chief Judges.…

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Ruling could lead lawyers to think hard before voicing concerns about legal system

In a controversial decision, the Quebec Court of Appeal recently held that Quebec lawyers can criticize the legal system as long as it is done with dignified restraint, constructively and meets the public’s reasonable expectations of a lawyer’s professionalism.

But the appeal court decision has stoked fears that the ruling will engender a chilling effect, and prompt lawyers to think twice before voicing their concerns about the legal system in public for fear of being reprimanded by their law society.…

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A new clash between Quebec bar and former president

Here we go again. Another skirmish between a prominent Quebec City lawyer and the provincial law society that has turned ugly.

Lu Chan Khuong alleges that administrators of the Barreau du Québec illegally profited from an increase in attendance fees totaling $501,000. Khuong alleges that the Barreau’s current administrators illicitly boosted attendance fees paid to them for participating in meetings held by the law society from $300 to $800 without changing regulations. Khuong alleges that administrators charged $400 for teleconferences, and up to $800 for attending reunions.…

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Quebec law society leaves lawyers on their own to face disruptive technologies

The combination of market forces, increasingly stringent consumer demands and rapid technological developments means that it has never been more important for lawyers to invest and incorporate technology into their practice, asserts a report by the Quebec legal society that calls on members to shift away from hourly billing to alternative pricing arrangements.

Just as a wave of peer-to-peer, access-driven businesses has become a disruptive force in a slew of industries, from travel to car rentals to consumer goods to employment to finance, lawyers will have to “assimilate and be part of the movement instead of fighting” the changes that LegalTech will wreak, adds the report.…

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Quebec Bar pleased with federal budget, disappointed by provincial budget

A week after Quebec’s legal society commended the federal government’s 2017 budget for investing new monies and resources in the justice system, the Barreau du Québec deplored the “lack of vision” shown by the provincial government in its budget.

The Quebec budget, issued a day after the provincial government announced that a hiring blitz of some 300 people to help curtail mounting delays in the criminal justice system, does little to deal with the lags that are just as prevalent in administrative tribunals and the civil courts, contends the Barreau. Nor does the provincial budget introduce measures to expand financial eligibility thresholds for legal aid, pointed out the Barreau.…

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Husband and wife team hope to lead the Quebec Bar

In an unlikely turn of events, a husband and wife may end up leading the Quebec Bar.

Lu Chan Khuong, the former president of the Quebec legal society who reluctantly resigned after a bitter and protracted fracas with the board of directors of the Barreau du Québec, recently announced that she is going to try her luck once again.

Now her husband, Marc Bellemare, plans to run for a position in the legal society’s Board of Directors. Bellemare, a former Quebec justice minister, is a controversial figure in legal circles. He has long questioned the logic behind Quebec’s no-fault auto insurance program, which he maintains rewards criminals while denying victims the right to sue for more compensation.…

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Former president of Quebec legal society temporarily disbarred

Stéphane Rivard could not bear to open correspondence from the Quebec taxman.

During a stretch of four years, between 2007 and 2011, letters outlining collection procedures and seizures launched against him by Revenue Quebec were put by the wayside. Rulings by Quebec Superior Court and by the Federal Court of Canada in 2012 over his tax affairs too were ignored.

On February 2015, it all came to a head when Revenue Quebec sought a petition in bankruptcy, a development that was reported by a French-language paper.…

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Quebec government boosts spending in criminal justice system

Under mounting pressure to ease the huge backlog of cases in the criminal court system, the Quebec government recently announced that it will inject $175.2 million over the next four years to recruit new judges, prosecutors and support staff and add new courtrooms to help curb court delays.

The new monies, investments that the Quebec legal community have been clamouring for years, come on the heels of revelations that approximately 288 criminal cases may be dropped following the precedent-setting ruling by the Supreme Court of Canada last July in R. v. Jordan.…

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