March 16, 2020

Firm Update: Reducing the Risk

We continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 situation. Our priority is the health and well-being of our firm members, clients and community.

To do our part to reduce the risk, effective Monday, March 16, and until further notice, our office will operate with critical staff only onsite while most lawyers and staff work remotely.

We are committed to delivering exceptional service and will continue to operate at full capacity. It is business as usual with the only change being the locations from which we operate. With the benefit of the technology and protocols that we have put in place, we will continue to provide uninterrupted and high-quality service to our clients.

Please read the attached FAQ for detailed information with respect to contact information, client service and matter management protocols going forward.

We continue to be well-placed to assist you with any urgent matters related to your regular business or the legal and business risks associated with the COVID-19 situation. If you have any specific questions, please contact your Lenczner Slaght lawyer.

Finally, we wish everyone personally affected by this health crisis a speedy and complete recovery.

Court Update

Ontario Superior Court of Justice – Effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020, operations will be suspended until further notice. Click here for complete information. The Commercial List has also specifically made several changes to its operations in light of COVID-19, which can be found here.

Court of Appeal for Ontario – Effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020 (with certain exceptions) the Court will suspend all scheduled appeals for a period of three weeks (until April 3, 2020). During this period, urgent appeals will be heard based on either the written materials or remotely. Click here for complete information.

Federal Court of Canada – Effective, Friday, March 13, 2020, the Federal Court of Canada is restricting the scope of its operations until further notice, with only a skeleton staff onsite. Click here for complete information.

Federal Court of Appeal – Effective, Monday, March 16, 2020, the Federal Court of Appeal is adjourning all hearings scheduled to be heard between now and April 17, 2020, with the exception of urgent matters that will be heard by teleconference. Click here for complete information.

For all existing matters, we will work with our clients to ensure that they are rescheduled or brought forward. For any new or pending matters, we will work with our clients on how to address the current situation.

Moving Forward

We will continue to keep you updated as this situation progresses. In the meantime, information is also available on our website and on our social media: Twitter and LinkedIn.