Coughlan and Frazer Among the Most Influential Lawyers of 2019

Posted by irwinlaw on August 14, 2019 in authors, criminal procedure, and pension law.

Congratulations to Irwin Law authors Steve Coughlan and Mitch Frazer who have been named to Canadian Lawyer's Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers list!

Steve Coughlan (Criminal Procedure 3/e, Detention and Arrest 2/e, The Anatomy of Criminal Procedure) spearheaded the efforts of the entire criminal law academic community in advising the Department of Justice on changes that led to the passage of Bill C-51, which removed outdated offences, reverse onuses and non-Charter-compliant crimes. It also led to the drafting of Bill C-75 (currently before the Senate). Coughlan’s efforts led directly to greater links between the Department of Justice and the criminal law academic community, which have already started to bear fruit such as the report on reforming the law of duress. Having a large portion of the Canadian judiciary as an audience means Coughlan is having an impact on the development of Canada’s criminal law justice system.

Mitch Frazer’s (Pension Law 2/e) practice focuses on all aspects of pensions, benefits and employment. Frazer represented Navistar Canada, on behalf of its pension plans, in its purchase of group annuity contracts, valued at approximately $313 million in obligations and related assets of defined benefits plans from RBC Life Insurance Company and iA Financial Group. He also represented Enbridge in its $4.31-billion sale of its Canadian natural gas gathering and processing business in the Montney, Peace River Arch, Horn River and Liard basins in British Columbia and Alberta. Frazer represented Brookfield Infrastructure Partners and Fairfax Financial as part of a consortium in its acquisition of the Hudson Bay Rail Line and the Port of Churchill. He is a recipient of the Ontario Bar Association Award of Excellence in Pension and Benefits Law in 2019.

Once again, Irwin Law would like to congratulate Steve Coughlan and Mitch Frazer on this wonderful achievement.

To read more about Canadian Lawyer's annual Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers list, click here!

Suzanne Chiodo wins 2019 Peter Oliver Prize

Posted by irwinlaw on June 26, 2019 in authors, awards, and class actions.

Irwin Law wishes to congratulate Suzanne Chiodo for being selected by the Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History as a recipient of the Peter Oliver Prize in Canadian Legal History for her book The Class Actions Controversy: The Origins and Development of the Ontario Class Proceedings Act (Irwin Law Inc, 2018).

The Peter Oliver Prize in Canadian Legal History was established in 2006 to honour the late Professor Peter Oliver, the Osgoode Society's founding editor-in-chief. The prize is awarded annually for a student's published journal article, book chapter or book about Canadian legal history. Students in any discipline at any stage of their career are eligible. 

"We applaud the award recipients for enriching Canadians' understanding of the country's legal history," said Professor Jim Phillips, editor-in-chief of the Osgoode Society. "Through their work, this year's award recipients have helped promote the public's interest in the history of law and the legal profession."

Once again, Irwin Law would like to congratulate Suzanne Chiodo on this wonderful achievement.

Craig Forcese wins ASIL Certificate of Merit

Posted by irwinlaw on January 10, 2019 in authors and awards.

Irwin Law wishes to congratulate Craig Forcese for being selected by the American Society of International Law (ASIL) as a recipient of the Certificate of Merit for a preeminent contribution to creative scholarship for his book Destroying the Caroline: The Frontier Raid that Reshaped the Right to War (Irwin Law Inc, 2018).

In their report, the ASIL Committee wrote:

"At 369 pages, Forcese’s book is a comprehensive and engaging account of how a 19th century military action along the United States-Canada border came to inform today’s international legal doctrines on the use of military force against non-state actors, and when anticipatory self-defense claims can be used as a pretext for war. The Caroline was a steamboat used to transport insurgents during the 1837 rebellion in Upper Canada. A Canadian militia attacked and sunk the steamboat in the United States waters. The diplomatic settlement that followed helped solidify the international legal principle of the inherent right to self-defense. By retelling this centuries’ old narrative, Forcese opines on what the Caroline case’s understanding of the right to war and the right to self-defense mean for today’s battles and drone strikes, noting how far we’ve come or strayed from the original meaning of the Caroline settlement."

Craig Forcese is the author or coauthor of numerous books on Canadian law and public international law, including:

Once again, Irwin Law would like to congratulate Craig Forcese on this wonderful achievement.

David Kerzner speaks at tax summit

Posted by irwinlaw on July 26, 2017 in authors and tax law.

On July 6, David Kerzner, co-author of International Tax Evasion in the Global Information Age, addressed the annual HLB International Tax Summit on "Tax Evasion: Strategies for International Organizations in the New Age of Global Regulatory Compliance" in Toronto, whose members include accounting firms from 140 countries. According to Kerzner, financial organizations seeking to avoid scandals, especially in the new frontier of online payment platforms, need to include global regulatory compliance as part of their company’s culture.