Bar Dispute Resolution Group Forum (Counsel Forum)

​Minutes of Meeting held on September 30, 2016     

Members Present:        

Philippa Samworth (Chair), Dutton Brock
Geoff Keating, Kostinyuk and Greenside
Marni Miller, ZTGH
Joan Takahashi, Gilbertson, Davis
Adam Fox, Smockum Zarnett LLP
Michelle Friedman, Withrow via teleconference
Alexandra Royes, Bell Temple LLP
Alex Voudouris, Pace Law
Catherine Zingg, Flaherty McCarthy LLP

FSCO Attendees:      

Asfaw Seife       
John Lobo
Janine Macey
Isobel Fealdman
Flavia Kogan
Christina Pearce
  1. Meeting on May 27, 2016
    Approved as amended.
  2. DRS Status Report – Statistics and Staffing Updates
    John Lobo and Asfaw Seife provided statistical updates for Arbitration and Appeals with reference to the reports distributed to members.

    John Lobo provided a staffing update for the Arbitration Unit.

    Asfaw Seife informed members that due to the increase in Appeal cases, Jeffrey Rogers has been appointed as the third Appeal Officer.

    Judicial Review:
    Updates since May 27, 2016, were provided in a memo from Asfaw Seife to Forum members and reviewed.

Other business:

Philippa Samworth raised concerns regarding ADRC’s December 2017 targeted deadline for completing hearings considering the volume of open files, reduced availability of parties, issue complexities, potential appeals and staff resources. Discussion followed on possible options, including whether any consideration may be given to extending the December 2017 deadline.   

Christina Pearce undertook to re-send the LAT Response to Counsel Forum Questions that were raised at the meeting held on May 26, 2016, to all Counsel Forum Members.
Upcoming Counsel Forum meetings are scheduled for January 20, 2017; March 31, 2017; May 26, 2017; September 22, 2017; and, November 24, 2017.

Next Meeting – November 25, 2016