2018 - Professionalism for Planning and Municipal Lawyers
Author(s): Ontario Bar Association
Publication Date: December 2018
Format: shipped (hardcopy), download (PDF)


Join your municipal and planning law colleagues at this annual program to gain strategies for managing professionalism related issues within your practice. Hear insights from our expert speakers on practice management and ethics related topics emerging within the municipal and planning bar and best practices that you should consider. At this year's program, we will explore the following topics:

  • Observations and feedback from the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal on its first six months of proceedings
  • An overview of issues involved with lobbyists and lobbyist registries in Ontario
  • A refresher on privilege and confidentiality
  • A primer on the Law Society of Ontario's new Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion initiatives
  • An exploration of ethical considerations that arise at the nexus of zealous advocacy and compliance with rules of practice and procedure


Nathan Muscat, City of Toronto
Adrian Frank, Devine Park LLP


Counsel Appearing Before LPAT - Observations from the First Six Months
Stan Floras, Legal Counsel, Environment and Land Tribunals

Refresher on Lobbying and Lobbyist Registries
Stephen Littlejohn, Inquiries and Investigations Counsel, Office of the Lobbyist Registrar

How Firms and Organizations Can Promote Inclusivity in the Workplace
Ranjan Agarwal, Partner, Bennett Jones LLP

Confidentiality and Privilege
Michael Melling, Partner, Davies Howe LLP and
Ashley Metallo, Associate, Davies Howe LLP

Privilege and Confidentiality: Balancing Caution and Client Interests
Mary L. Flynn-Guglietti, Partner, McMillan LLP
W. Brad Hanna, Partner, McMillan LLP

How Compliance with Rules of Practice and Procedure Affects Outcomes and Strategy
Alexander Suriano, Solicitor, City of Toronto
Meaghan Barrett, Aird & Berlis LLP

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