Published by the Litigation Group
McCarthy Tétrault FRANÇAIS VOL.5,
Litigation Co-Counsel

Letter From the Editors

The Shape of Things to Come
by: Geoff R. Hall, Martin B. Halpern

Welcome to Volume 5, Issue 1 of McCarthy Tétrault Co-Counsel: Litigation.

This publication not only highlights legal developments, but also offers the insights of our Litigation Group to each of the cases in the periodical.

We believe this insight makes this a reflective journal that points to important trends for the future, and "looking to the future" is a major skill set our lawyers bring to everything they do.

In the Arbitration arena, our case comment on Seidel v. Telus Communications analyzes whether there is a discernible approach toward private arbitration emerging from the Supreme Court of Canada.

In Class Actions, our writer questions if a single common issue can justify the authorization of a class action in Québec.

The Supreme Court of Canada’s latest pronouncement on government liability for negligence has made it more complex for litigants seeking to issue a claim against the government. We seek in this publication to shed some new light on this decision.

We comment on safety legislation which presents new challenges for Canadian businesses. We also take flight and put some additional thinking into how airlines are subject to a unique blend of national and international laws, particularly, when it comes to understanding the way our courts have interpreted "accident" in this industry sector.

Our look to the future also covers Financial Institutions, Securities, Pensions and Privilege, with a study of important cases worthy of closer consideration.

As always, our astute observer of things past, present and future, The Honourable James M. Farley peers through the "looking glass" in his commentary on the tort of conspiracy. He ends on a conspiratorial note of his own with a visit to Oxford and the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party.

You will have to read his article and the others in this issue for this particular journey into the shape of things to come.

If you have any questions, please contact Geoff R. Hall (Editor-in-Chief) or Martin Halpern (Knowledge Management Lawyer).