October 17, 2019 — The communication of legal information is of paramount importance for RSS. For instance, two partners from our Litigation Insurance team were taking part yesterday in a day’s training session hosted by the claims adjustment firm Cuirrier et Associés, that gathered some 70 claims adjusters, brokers, insurers’ representatives and other industry experts.
- Benoît Chartier discussed the impact of legalization of cannabis, a few hours before the coming into force, on this very day, October 17, of the rules allowing the sale in Canada of certain edible cannabis products;
- Stéphanie Beaudoin explained recent developments affecting participants in the construction industry as well as those involved in the related insurance business.
October 16, 2019 — The fourth edition of Éditions Yvon Blais’ seminar on Insurance Law will include presentations by two lawyers from RSS, who will be discussing recent cases. Justin Beeby will be speaking at the Montréal event on October 30, while Marcel-Olivier Nadeau will be part of the November 13 event in Québec.
Patrons for these events will be the Honourables Marie-Josée Hogue (Montréal) and Geneviève Cotnam (Québec), judges of the Court of Appeal of Quebec.
October 15, 2019 — Change of leadership for the firm: after a long tenure as Managing Partner of Robinson Sheppard Shapiro, Charles E. Flam will be passing the baton to Andrew Penhale. For Andrew, this will be like returning home, since he practised with the firm from 2001 to 2010, after his 1997 call to the Bar. He subsequently was Head of the Claims Service of the Professional Liability Insurance Fund of the Barreau du Québec.
“This position matches my aspirations perfectly”, said Mr. Penhale. “I know the group, having been a partner with the firm, which allowed me to appreciate Mr. Flam’s leadership. It’s quite a challenge to follow in the footsteps of someone who led the firm for so many years; at least, I know I’m handed a first-rate team.”
“It would be tough to find a better candidate than Andrew to ensure the evolution of a firm that will be celebrating its centennial in 2021”, as Mr. Flam explained. “The management experience that he acquired with the Insurance Fund will be most valuable. Since he is coming back to a team in which he was an appreciated member, the future looks bright for RSS.”
The new Managing Partner will be officially in charge on January 1, 2020.
September 10, 2019 — Nutrition is undoubtedly one of the preoccupations of our time. For environmental or health reasons, consumers are increasingly inquisitive about the contents of their plate.
A forerunner in this trend, Marc-Olivier Brouillette is the spokesperson for the Montreal Vegan Festival 2019, which takes place on September 21 and 22 at the Palais des congrès.
As part of today’s rentrée judiciaire, the Bar of Montreal will pay tribute to those lawyers celebrating this year their 70th, 60th or 50th anniversaries of being called to the Bar. Three RSS lawyers are among those:
The whole RSS team is honoured to have such experienced lawyers in its ranks.
August 28, 2019 — RSS is pleased to announce that Béatrice D’Anjou, who just finished her articling period, is joining our Insurance Law Practice Group as a lawyer.
Béatrice holds degrees in law from Laval University and Birmingham University, as well as a bachelor’s degree in public relations, a field in which she worked with private agencies, thus developing valuable communication, writing, and persuasion skills.
August 21, 2019 — RSS is proud to announce that 27 of its lawyers — nearly a third of the team — are included in the 2020 Canadian edition of the Best Lawyers directory, a major international peer-review-based guide to legal professionals.
RSS stands out in the 2020 edition since four members of our team are named Lawyers of the Year in Montréal:
Three new lawyers also make it on the list:
The list of selected lawyers is therefore:
June 19, 2019 — Last Saturday, despite the gloomy weather and the threat of rain, the RSS team once again took part in the Défi Entreprises Montréal, walking or jogging over the 5- and 10-km courses.
This event raised funds to help Little Brothers, an organization providing support to lonely elders, alleviating their isolation.
The RSS team, comprised of Katherine Delage, Jennifer Hansen, Frédéric Savard-Scott, Hugo Bachand-Brunet, Stéphanie Beauchamp, Alice Bourgault-Roy, Patricia Baram, Marika Douville et Jeanine Guindi, along with clients, thus pushing its limits while making a commitment to be there next year!
June 11, 2019 — Television production requires numerous workers, in different trades, whose services can be required for a few hours or several weeks. In all this diversity, what criteria will help decide which workers are insurable under paragraph 5(1)(a) of the Employment Insurance Act?
Such was the question that was recently answered by the Tax Court of Canada in MWW Enterprises Inc. v. M.N.R., 2019 TCC 127. Hearing appeals of decisions from the Canada Revenue Agency, the Court focused on the characterization of the workers’ contractual relationship.
||The respondent [the Minister of National Revenue] refers only to the applicable provisions of the Civil Code of Québec (CCQ) with respect to the definition of a contract of employment (art. 2085 CCQ) and a contract of enterprise or for services (art. 2098 and 2099 CCQ). The appellant [MWW Enterprises Inc., represented by RSS] adds that the issue must be analyzed within the Quebec socio-legal context, which includes not only the CCQ but also specific legislation and the agreements described above that govern the relationships between producers and artists. [para 12]
After a substantial analysis, the Court recognized the validity of the position help by the appellant, represented by Julie Forest, and the qualification of the contractual relation by the parties.