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Legal Year in Review provides detailed observations from the legal experts at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP on the most significant legal and business developments from 2020 and their implications for 2021. With 32 informative and in-depth articles covering a wide variety of topics, we help you stay informed.

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Legal Year in Review provides detailed observations from the legal experts at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP on the most significant legal and business developments from 2020 and their implications for 2021. With 32 informative and in-depth articles covering a wide variety of topics, we help you stay informed.

    Acceleration in the adoption of innovative legal service delivery

    Acceleration in the adoption of innovative legal service delivery

    In this article – titled “Acceleration in the adoption of innovative legal service delivery” – we note that the pandemic  has provided a platform for conversations between lawyers and clients about innovative legal technologies, tools, processes and staffing models and has contributed to accelerating the pace of their adoption. In our article, we discuss increased focus on Alternative Legal Service Providers (ALSPs), captive ALSPs (those that function within law firms) in particular and the corresponding move by in-house legal departments to embrace them. 
    This article is authored by Michael Fekete, Partner, Technology and National Innovation Leader, Simon Wormwell, Chief Knowledge and Innovation Officer, Gillian Scott, Partner, Innovative Products, Natalie Munroe, Head, Osler Works Transactional and Jennifer Thompson, Head, Osler Works Disputes. 
    Legal Year in Review is brought to you by Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP. Osler is a leading, national law firm with a singular focus – your business. We advise clients on an array of domestic and cross-border legal issues, drawing on the expertise of over 400 lawyers to provide the answers you need, when you need them.
    Our Legal Year in Review, published December 8, 2020, provides general information only and does not constitute legal or other professional advice. Specific advice should be sought in connection with your circumstances.

    For more information about Osler, please visit our website at osler.com. For the full Legal Year in Review publication, please visit www.legalyearinreview.ca.

    • 10 min
    A year featuring a flurry of Canadian privacy legislative reform

    A year featuring a flurry of Canadian privacy legislative reform

    In this article – “A year featuring a flurry of Canadian privacy legislative reform” – we examine how legislative reform activity is changing the Canadian privacy arena.
    This article is authored by Adam Kardash, partner in Osler’s Privacy and Data Management Group and National Lead for AccessPrivacy, and Natasha Anzik, associate in our Privacy and Data Management Group.

    Legal Year in Review is brought to you by Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP. Osler is a leading, national law firm with a singular focus – your business. We advise clients on an array of domestic and cross-border legal issues, drawing on the expertise of over 400 lawyers to provide the answers you need, when you need them.
    Our Legal Year in Review, published December 8, 2020, provides general information only and does not constitute legal or other professional advice. Specific advice should be sought in connection with your circumstances.
    For more information about Osler, please visit our website at osler.com. For the full Legal Year in Review publication, please visit www.legalyearinreview.ca.

    • 8 min
    A busy year for technology: From contracting during COVID to consumer-directed finance

    A busy year for technology: From contracting during COVID to consumer-directed finance

    In this article –  “A busy year for technology: From contracting during COVID to consumer-directed finance” – we note that the COVID-19 pandemic has increased consumer and business reliance on technological solutions and added a level of complexity to the delivery of services.  We review the impact of the pandemic on commercial contracting, numerous developments in artificial intelligence (AI), an increase in the relevance of open data and further progress in payments modernization and consumer-directed finance (open banking).

    This article is authored by Wendy Gross, partner and chair and Sam Ip, associate of Osler’s Technology Group.

    Legal Year in Review is brought to you by Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP. Osler is a leading, national law firm with a singular focus – your business. We advise clients on an array of domestic and cross-border legal issues, drawing on the expertise of over 400 lawyers to provide the answers you need, when you need them.


    Our Legal Year in Review, published December 8, 2020, provides general information only and does not constitute legal or other professional advice. Specific advice should be sought in connection with your circumstances.

    For more information about Osler, please visit our website at  osler.com. For the full Legal Year in Review publication, please visit www.legalyearinreview.ca.

    • 19 min
    2020: A year of clarity for Canadian life sciences and software patents

    2020: A year of clarity for Canadian life sciences and software patents

    In this article, “2020: A year of clarity for Canadian life sciences and software patents,” we discuss how guidance from the courts’ recent patent decisions should shape companies’ Canadian patent strategies, both during the pandemic and beyond. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, many of the most important innovations have arisen in the life sciences and software fields, from new disease test kits and anti-viral medicines to software that enables socially distant connectivity. The past year provided clarity regarding when innovations in these fields merit patent protection and how patent litigation is likely to unfold. 
    This article is authored by J. Bradley White, Chair of Osler’s Intellectual Property Litigation Group, Nathaniel Lipkus, a partner in Osler’s Intellectual Property Group, and Lillian Wallace, an associate in the firm’s Intellectual Property Group.
    Legal Year in Review is brought to you by Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP. Osler is a leading, national law firm with a singular focus – your business. We advise clients on an array of domestic and cross-border legal issues, drawing on the expertise of over 400 lawyers to provide the answers you need, when you need them.
    Our Legal Year in Review, published December 8, 2020, provides general information only and does not constitute legal or other professional advice. Specific advice should be sought in connection with your circumstances.

    For more information about Osler, please visit our website at osler.com. For the full Legal Year in Review publication, please visit www.legalyearinreview.ca.

    • 9 min
    From treaty shopping to FAPI and transfer pricing: Notable international tax cases decided in 2020

    From treaty shopping to FAPI and transfer pricing: Notable international tax cases decided in 2020

    In this article – “From treaty shopping to FAPI and transfer pricing: Notable international tax cases” – we review the implications of three decisions of the Federal Court of Appeal that have caused renewed interest in certain fundamental aspects of Canada’s international tax system. Two of these decisions will be before the Supreme Court of Canada in 2021. 
    This article is authored by Monica Biringer, partner and co-chair of Osler’s Taxation Group, and Pooja Mihailovich, a partner in the Taxation Group.
    Legal Year in Review is brought to you by Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP. Osler is a leading, national law firm with a singular focus – your business. We advise clients on an array of domestic and cross-border legal issues, drawing on the expertise of over 400 lawyers to provide the answers you need, when you need them.
    Our Legal Year in Review, published December 8, 2020, provides general information only and does not constitute legal or other professional advice. Specific advice should be sought in connection with your circumstances.
    For more information about Osler, please visit our website at osler.com. For the full Legal Year in Review publication, please visit www.legalyearinreview.ca.

    • 12 min
    COVID-19 Tax measures and proposed international tax reform

    COVID-19 Tax measures and proposed international tax reform

    In this article – “COVID-19 tax measures and proposed international tax reform” – we review two significant tax developments from 2020: Canada’s measures in response to COVID-19 and Canada’s participation with the OECD’s pursuit of international tax reform.
    This article is authored by Patrick Marley, partner and co-chair of Osler’s Taxation Group, Peter Macdonald, partner in our Taxation Group, and Ilana Ludwin, Kaitlin Gray and Taylor Cao, who are all associates in the Taxation Group at Osler.
    Legal Year in Review is brought to you by Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP. Osler is a leading, national law firm with a singular focus – your business. We advise clients on an array of domestic and cross-border legal issues, drawing on the expertise of over 400 lawyers to provide the answers you need, when you need them.
    Our Legal Year in Review, published December 8, 2020, provides general information only and does not constitute legal or other professional advice. Specific advice should be sought in connection with your circumstances.
    For more information about Osler, please visit our website at osler.com. For the full Legal Year in Review publication, please visit www.legalyearinreview.ca.

    • 9 min

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