What is the impact of the Court of Appeal’s decision not to bar a lawyer from representing a client in a personal injury matter?

Ontario, Canada


The following excerpt is from SalDan v. Superior and Business Development Bank, 2014 ONSC 2979 (CanLII):

These factors must be weighed and considered against the overriding principle that it is of utmost importance to maintain the public’s confidence in the administration of justice. It is worthwhile to pay attention to the comments of Cory, J. in the MacDonald Estate v. Martin case, where he states at paragraphs 57 and 58: “My colleague stated that this appeal called for the balancing of three competing values, namely: the maintenance and integrity of our system of justice; the right of litigants not to be lightly deprived of their chosen counsel; and the desirability of permitting reasonable mobility in the legal profession. Of these factors, the most important and compelling is the preservation of the integrity of our system of justice. The necessity of selecting new counsel will certainly be inconvenient, unsettling and worrisome to clients. Reasonable mobility may very well be important to lawyers. However, the integrity of the judicial system is of such fundamental importance to our country and, indeed, to all free and democratic societies that it must be the predominate consideration in any balancing of these factors.”

Other Questions


What is the impact of the Court of Appeal's decision on costs in a personal injury case? (Nova Scotia, Canada)
What is the case law in favour of the Court of Appeal in the case of the Supreme Court of Canada's most senior judge in the matter of personal injury? (British Columbia, Canada)
What are the implications of the Court of Appeal's decision to grant relief to a plaintiff in a personal injury case? (Ontario, Canada)
What are the implications of the Court of Appeal’s decision to award elevated costs in a personal injury case? (Ontario, Canada)
What are the implications of the Court of Appeal's decision to order a lawyer to pay a lawyer's costs of more than $200,000? (Ontario, Canada)
What is the impact of the Court of Appeal's decision that the appeal process is an adversary process? (Canada (Federal), Canada)
What is the impact of Justice Griffin's comments in the context of the Court of Appeal's decision in the case of the unsuccessful party seeking special costs against the successful party? (British Columbia, Canada)
In what circumstances will the court award solicitor-client costs in a personal injury matter? (Ontario, Canada)
What is the standard of review of a decision by the Court of Appeal in a personal injury case? (British Columbia, Canada)
What is the CRT's decision on how to conduct a hearing in a personal injury matter? (British Columbia, Canada)