Monthly Archives: April 2018

6 Common Commercial Litigation Cases

Posted by Stephen Date: April 28, 2018

Commercial litigation cases can take lots of twists and turns and if you’re not careful, you may end up losing a case. Commercial litigation cases usually involve disputes that arise in several different situations and places and are encountered on a day-to-day basis based on various uncouth business activities. A commercial litigation law firm ought to be well versed with all of the laws concerning litigation cases and how to assess each case and decide on whether they touch on general issues or not.

Most times, commercial litigation cases involve disputes between two corporations or even an individual and a company and you will notice that most of these cases usually involve money, business-related arguments, misunderstandings or contract issues.

This article has tried to lay down six of the most common commercial litigation cases.

  1. Breach of contract

A breach of contract may as well be the most common litigation case in the industry today. Contracts are binding agreements which usually dictate the terms of agreements which need to be followed by both parties and in the event that one of the parties fails to abide by the contract, then it is considered a breach of contract and the offended party has the right to seek legal action.

  1. Deceptive trade

In most cases, you will hear people refer to this as fraud and involves instances where an individual or a corporation deceives another business or individual to purchase its products or services. Commercial fraud falls into two main categories; the false advertising category and the odometer tampering category. And both are subject to lawful action.

  1. Real estate litigation

This involves income-producing real projects and properties and can include, but not limited to office buildings, retail businesses, condominiums, apartment buildings, hotels, etc. These cases usually arise from the financing and acquisition of property, but also the development and construction of property as well.

  1. Non-compete disputes

This involves cases where an employee shares information about the company they used to work for before they were fired, retired, or resigned when the two parties signed a non-disclosure, non-competition, and non-solicitation agreements. This can also fall under the breach of contract cases. And legal action can be called for whenever these types of agreements are dishonored by any one of the involved parties.

  1. Partnership disputes

Starting a new business is no easy task, but sometimes the stresses that come with raising a new company from the ground can be eased by partnering and sharing the load. But then what happens when the partners can’t agree on an issue where one partner has a versatile idea that you think can harm the business. So, one partner is pushing for an idea and the other is against it thus a dispute and arguments end up being broken which leaves no other choice but to file for a commercial litigation case to try and solve the issue.

  1. Employment dispute

Most times, these cases arise as a result of disagreements between an employee and the employer or company. A lot of reasons can cause this kind of dispute ranging from the pay to the working hours to benefits, to overtime, etc. The only route here will be the commercial litigation courts to handle such issues.

So You Want To Move To Canada: 10 Things You Need To Know

Posted by Stephen Date: April 9, 2018

So you’re thinking of moving to Canada? That’s great! Congratulations on this exciting new phase of your life, and we look forward to welcoming you. But as you’ve probably realised, there’s a lot to think about. Do you need an immigration lawyer? Toronto or Montreal? Will you be able to drive here? Are there moose just wandering about the streets? Relax – we’ve put together this guide of things to help you start planning your big move.

#1 It’s not simple: but it’s easier if you have a job offer or a desirable skill

Just about the first thing you need to do is speak to an immigration lawyer. Legally moving to another country is rarely hassle-free, even a country as welcoming to new immigrants as Canada. The easiest way to get through the door is to get yourself a job offer – especially if it’s in a profession covered by NAFTA, in which case your work permit will be sorted out right at the border.

#2 Language

As you probably know, Canada has not one but two official languages: both English and French. So do you need perfect French to move here? Not really: different languages are spoken in the different provinces, and it’s only in some rural parts of Quebec that you might struggle to find an English speaker.

#3 Weather

You know what we’re going to say next: snow! It’s hard to convey just how cold a Canadian winter can be until you live through it. But to compensate, the summers are generally hot – and we make the most of them.

#4 Diversity

In Canada immigration is largely seen as a positive, because it has played an enormous part in Canadian history. What makes us such a successful country is our multiculturalism and the diversity of languages, backgrounds and cultures our many communities bring. Come prepared to accept everyone for who they are, and you’ll be met with a warm welcome.

#5 Cultural differences

Even if you only visit as a tourist, some things about modern Canada might come as a surprise when you’re out and about.

One is tipping: although servers in Canada do earn a minimum wage, they rely on tips to top it up. The standard is 15% of the total bill.

Another is smoking: the only places it is legal to smoke indoors in Canada are your own home or your own vehicle, unless a child is in the car with you.

#6 Cost of living

If you’re job hunting before you move, you may notice that salaries are higher in some parts of the country than in others. This generally reflects the higher cost of living in some cities: Montreal is cheaper to live in, thanks to rent control, but generally has lower salaries as a result.

#7 Healthcare

A healthcare system mostly free at the point of use is one of the most well-known things about Canada. You don’t necessarily need Canadian citizenship in order to access this: new permanent residents can get coverage, but may have to wait a few months for this to kick in.

#8 Driving

First things first: in Canada, we drive on the right!

That part is simple – after that it gets more complicated. Driving licenses are issued by the provinces rather than the federal government, and each province has its own arrangements with other countries. Check the requirements for your chosen province before you arrive.

#9 Taxes

Canada has a decentralised federal tax system, meaning you will be taxed at both federal and provincial level, with different tax rates in different provinces.

#10 Your rights

Canada has a Charter of Rights and Freedoms outlining the rights and responsibilities of citizens and anyone else who lives here.

Moving to Canada is an exciting new chapter in your life! Make sure you get the advice you need to make sure it all goes smoothly.