Some of us have to know the intricacies of sentencing law. Others must ensure construction liens are registered on time. Some have to be up to date on the law of rescission. Others may have a strong working knowledge of trust law concepts. Others are quite prepared to deal with Charter issues, hearsay arguments, bad character evidence issues, similar fact evidence or Mareva injunctions. Yet others must ensure all ducks are in a row as a large Corporate deal works its way towards closing. Title insurance is something some of us won’t be able to ignore. Ensuring a distress is properly taken in commercial lease matters may be somebody’s concern tomorrow. Others may feel the weight of prosecuting a criminal organization/ gang matter. Some may have to move rather quickly to try to get bail for another. Others may try to avoid someone getting bail. Appeal processes may occupy some minds, others will be dealing with issues before the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal.
As Lawyers we are collectively called upon to serve so many causes, deal with a number of injustices and try to balance the scales to arrive at a fair result. Much study and effort has gone into knowing all these different areas and keeping current on the fine points that may come across one’s desk, whether substantive law, procedural law, ethical issues or any other host of issues that may arise.
But ultimately, the study of law is about maintaining professionalism and integrity in the face of a number of various challenges. And also important is maintaining humility and a sincere concern for the people caught up in the legal process, our clients.
So regardless of the court, the situation, the challenge, applying the professionalism, integrity and humility guides will provide reliable navigation through many types of legal forests. While the forests may change from week to week, month to month, year to year, our guides will always be there to help with navigation.*
William Poulos, Barrister
* This legal blog is not a substitute for legal advice. Should you require legal advice, a lawyer should be consulted to advise on the specific circumstances of your case.