• 5th Annual Advocacy Skills Workshop

    February 1st, 2018
    12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    7th Floor Jurors' Lounge
    John Sopinka Courthouse
    (45 Main Street East, Hamilton)

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  • 16th Annual Estates & Trusts Seminar

    February 8th, 2018
    1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    Sheraton Hamilton Hotel - Grand Ballroom
    (116 King Street West, Hamilton) 

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  • 13th Annual Commercial Litigation Seminar

    February 21st, 2018
    9:00 a.m. - 1:45 p.m.
    Sheraton Hamilton Hotel - East Ballroom
    (116 King Street West, Hamilton)

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Latest HLA News

“FAIR BENEFITS FAIRLY DELIVERED: A Review of the Auto Insurance System in Ontario”

Posted on: Sep 21, 2017

In our submission, we attempt to strip away some of the hyperbole surrounding this complex issue and examine the facts. Our first challenge is to the claim that average insurance claims costs are actually increasing (or at least challenging the assumptions to why they might be going up). "The Voice of the Practising Lawyer in Ontario"

ARE INSURANCE CLAIMS COSTS TRULY INCREASING?

In his Fair Benefits Fairly Delivered Report ("the report"), Mr. Marshall states:

"I was asked to provide advice to the Minister of Finance on the development of further initiatives to reduce claims costs and uncertainty in Ontario’s auto insurance system."1

A fundamental premise within the report is that insurance claims costs have been on the rise and, as a result, average insurance premiums have increased. FOLA is having great difficulty finding evidence that insurance claims costs are on the rise. We would submit that any suggestion of increasing claims costs should be thoroughly investigated by the provincial regulator. From our perspective, in light of the regulatory changes that have been put in place in the Ontario auto insurance system over the past six years, particularly when coupled with the Ministry of Transportation’s data on motor vehicle accident injuries, insurance claims costs should be decreasing, not increasing.

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“FAIR BENEFITS FAIRLY DELIVERED: A Review of the Auto Insurance System in Ontario”

Posted on: Sep 21, 2017

In our submission, we attempt to strip away some of the hyperbole surrounding this complex issue and examine the facts. Our first challenge is to the claim that average insurance claims costs are actually increasing (or at least challenging the assumptions to why they might be going up). "The Voice of the Practising Lawyer in Ontario"

ARE INSURANCE CLAIMS COSTS TRULY INCREASING?

In his Fair Benefits Fairly Delivered Report ("the report"), Mr. Marshall states:

"I was asked to provide advice to the Minister of Finance on the development of further initiatives to reduce claims costs and uncertainty in Ontario’s auto insurance system."1

A fundamental premise within the report is that insurance claims costs have been on the rise and, as a result, average insurance premiums have increased. FOLA is having great difficulty finding evidence that insurance claims costs are on the rise. We would submit that any suggestion of increasing claims costs should be thoroughly investigated by the provincial regulator. From our perspective, in light of the regulatory changes that have been put in place in the Ontario auto insurance system over the past six years, particularly when coupled with the Ministry of Transportation’s data on motor vehicle accident injuries, insurance claims costs should be decreasing, not increasing.

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Message from the President

One of the priority items to come out of the HLA Members Survey was that the membership wants us to work to improve the public image of lawyers. Indeed, if you search for lawyer quotes, you will have no trouble finding negative characterizations:

• “The trouble with the law is lawyers” (Clarence Darrow)

• “It is better to become a mouse in a cat’s mouth than a man in a lawyer’s hands” (Unknown, Spanish Proverb)

• “The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers” (Henry VI, Part II, Act IV, William Shakespeare)

I decided to survey the Trustees with respect to their involvement in the community. The result was heartwarming. It produced the following list of organizations to which 10 members of the Board of Trustees have given their time in the last few years.....READ MORE


Robert Hooper, President 2017-2018

The Hamilton Law Association

The Association’s affairs are governed by trustees and officers who ensure that Association undertakings are within the mandate and in the best interests of our legal community. The many valued volunteers who are members of the numerous committees within the structure of the HLA strive to represent our membership consistently and effectively. The Anthony Pepe Memorial Law Library, operated within the scope of the HLA, is one of the largest law libraries in Ontario and houses over 30,000 volumes.

The Hamilton Law Association continues to strive to educate and support its membership in the practice of law as well as to advocate for their interests as lawyers...

The staff of the Hamilton Law Association (HLA) Library cannot provide legal advice or research to members of the public directly. The HLA Library is a private library for the use of its members, and members of the Law Society of Upper Canada only. For information on finding legal help in Ontario please try the Bora Laskin Law Library's Guide to Finding Legal Help in Ontario, or to search for a lawyer practising in the Hamilton area try the HLA Find a Lawyer page.

This Web site is not intended to provide legal advice. It is intended to supply general information to our members. The information contained and distributed on this site does not contain any legal opinions and does not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Hamilton Law Association.

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