We also collect PI about prospective or current contractors, partners and employees that is reasonably required to establish, manage or terminate an employment, contractual or partnership relationship and that is available to us from former employers and other third parties, and from publicly available sources.
We collect, use and disclose PI in order to provide our clients with legal services and advice, and about job applicants in order to evaluate their applications and in deciding whether to create, manage and/or terminate an employment, contractual or partnership relationship. We collect, use and disclose PI for the following purposes:
to develop and manage our business and operations;
to enable us to establish and manage client relationships, to provide legal advice and services, to fulfill our legal duties, and to avoid conflicts of interest;
to exchange PI with third parties (which may include opposing parties; parties in interest; other counsel including opposing and foreign and advisors; witnesses; decision-makers; and experts) to provide legal services;
to assess whether we should establish a relationship with prospective clients, suppliers and other third parties, to evaluate their creditworthiness and to match credit bureau or credit reporting agency information;
to create and maintain business relationships with clients, suppliers and other third parties, including issuing invoices and collecting and processing payments and to fulfill contractual obligations;
to create, manage and/or terminate employment, contractual and partnership relationships;
to better understand and respond to the preferences and needs of clients, suppliers and other third parties, including to obtain feedback;
to create, improve, market, sell and promote our services and the products and services of third parties with whom we have business relationships;
to disseminate any informational e-mail communications or other promotional material to individuals on our mail and e-mail lists, including via third party e-mail service providers;
to detect and protect us and others against error, negligence, breach of contract, fraud, theft and other illegal activity, and to audit compliance with our professional responsibilities, policies and contractual obligations;
as permitted by, and in compliance with all applicable law; and
for any other purpose for which we have obtained your consent.
We may disclose your PI to:
service providers, including organizations or individuals we engage to perform certain functions including marketing, data processing, administration, document management and office services; evaluation or creditworthiness and debt collections relating to outstanding accounts;
someone who we believe is providing or seeking the information as your agent;
to our insurers and to the Law Society of Ontario in connection with regulatory or other activities relating to our professional obligations;
to our own personnel and to government agencies/authorities, insurers, benefits providers, consultants or agents to create, manage or terminate employment, contractual and partnership relationships; and
to any third party or parties to whom you have consented to such disclosure or where disclosure is required or permitted by applicable law.
Your PI is stored in secured locations around the world and on servers controlled by our service providers.
Upon your written request, subject to certain exceptions, we will give you access to that information. Access requests should be sent to us in writing, using the contact information below.
We use the standard safeguards of the legal profession to protect the security of personal information in our possession, including physical, organizational and technological measures.
Cookies – When you access our website, we may use a feature called a ‘cookie' to collect information including the type of browser and operating system you use, the domain name of the website from which you came, date and duration of the visit, number of visits, average time spent on our website, pages viewed and number of cookies accumulated. Unless you specifically inform us (e.g. by sending us correspondence from the website), we will not know who you are. We may use this website information and share it with others with whom we have business relationships to measure the use of our website, to improve its functionality and content, etc. You can reset your browser either to notify you when you have received a cookie or refuse to accept cookies. However, if you refuse to accept cookies, you may not be able to use some of the features available on our website.
Online Communications – You may voluntarily submit PI to us for purposes such as asking questions, obtaining information, reviewing our site content, subscribing to any online communications we offer and/or to our mail or e-mail list, etc. We may combine and store PI about your use of our website and the information you have provided online with certain other online and offline information we may have collected.
E-mail Communications – We may periodically send marketing and promotional e-mail messages to you with information that we think might be useful, including information about our services and those of third parties with whom we have a relationship. We may collect certain information such as when you first opened our e-mail communications, how frequently you open our e-mail communications, the number of ‘click-throughs’ per article, total ‘click-through activity’ and to compile related statistics. We may aggregate and store any such information to manage and improve our electronic communications to you. We will offer you the option to unsubscribe and to inform us of preferences if you decide you do not want to receive any future communications from us.
Links – Our website may contain links to other websites, which would be provided as a convenience only. Third party websites to which we provide links may have different privacy policies and practices than we do, and we have no responsibility for these websites.
For information on our privacy practices, please contact us at: 229 Sheppard Avenue West, Toronto, ON M2N 1N2.
Last Updated: November 14, 2022