Darryl Singer believes in speaking his mind, giving back to the legal profession, doing the right thing, and speaking out for those who cannot speak for themselves. He is frequently quoted in The Law Times and has been published in The Globe and Mail. He is regularly featured on Newstalk 1010, Toronto’s largest talk radio station. He is a member of AdvocateDaily.com. He is the wellness columnist for The Lawyer’s Daily, a LexisNexis Canada publication. He blogs about legal ethics and fighting for those who don’t have a voice at Huff Post Canada.
As of June 1, the firm has officially opened its commercial and civil litigation division. The division will be led by Darryl Singer, a Toronto-area lawyer with more than 24 years of trial, advocacy and negotiating experience.
Singer brings with him his entire team of experienced lawyers, paralegals and law clerks from his former firm, Singer Barristers PC.
Darryl Singer of Singer Barristers in Toronto, who represented D’Alimonte in the matter, says the matter was ultimately resolved jointly with the tribunal’s counsel and that D’Alimonte would be issued a reprimand — the lowest form of formal discipline under the Law Society Act.
“Mr. D’Alimonte was indeed found guilty of professional misconduct; he acknowledged that misconduct,” says Singer, noting that while D’Alimonte may have entered into an arrangement to pay an improper referral fee, no payments had been made.
Singer says the process to revamp the Merricks Law Group website to comply with the law society’s rules began last year after the LSO began its investigation.
It was taken down entirely in April, before re-launching recently, and is now in compliance with LSO rules, says Singer.
Several weeks ago, I spoke to more than 800 lawyers at the Law Society of Ontario’s Annual Family Law Summit. I was invited to speak about my descent into narcotic addiction and concomitant depression and how I successfully recovered and rebuilt my life and career.
Darryl Singer talks about why the default position for all insurance companies is to deny claims for both property damage and rehabilitation with popular Toronto radio host Jerry Agar.
THE FINANCIAL POST - Kathleen Wynne once promised to lower car insurance rates. Guess what happened next?
While car insurers say the reason for high rates is so much fraud, Lazar has another phrase for it: he calls it “excessive profitability.” The Financial Services Commission of Ontario — the regulator — is clearly not holding Ontario’s car insurers to account. What’s the point of a regulator that does not regulate? It’s superfluous. A fifth wheel.
In 2013, Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals promised to deliver Ontarians a 15-per-cent reduction in car insurance premiums. Wynne later said that it was a “stretch goal” — and instead of the promised reduction, we have had about a 2.5-per-cent premium increase. The Insurance Bureau says auto premiums in Ontario are now 45-per-cent higher than Alberta’s and about twice as high as those in the Maritimes.
Lazar estimates that cumulative premium overpayments might have been as high as $9.2 billion since 2001 or approximately 6.5 per cent of premiums, based on assumptions of lower operating costs and a more reasonable profitability benchmark. In the last five years alone, overpayments might have totaled $5 billion — 9.5 per cent of the total premiums paid during this past five years. This translates to an additional $143 per year for each policyholder.
"The Nighside," NEWSTALK 1010 - Darryl Singer talks about over-billing, excessive profits by Ontario Auto Insurers (MP3 file)
In an updated report dated April 26, 2018, by Dr. Fred Lazar, of the Schulich School of Business, a number of things have come to light about car insurance rates and lack of accident benefit payouts for Ontario drivers:
- Auto insurance companies are making record profits.
- Premier Wynne promised a 15% reduction in auto insurance premiums. Instead, we have a 2.5% increase.
- Claims are actually down by 27%.
- And yet, we get the Big Insurance party line: “There’s sooooo much fraud out there, that’s why premiums are so high to offset fraud….”
- The starting point for all car insurance claims, especially accident benefits and rehab, is always: “Denied!”
- The regulator, Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO), that is supposed to regulate profitability, is allowing TRIPLE profit margins by Big Insurance companies.
- Where is the accountability? Neither the regulator nor the Ontario Provincial Government is taking action on this.
Let’s talk workflow (or work-in-process, WIP), money and your stress. Guess what? The three are linked. So, if you are a new lawyer starting out on your own, or a more senior lawyer leaving the comforts (and protection) of a larger firm to test the solo or small partnership model, here are five tips learned from 24 years of experience:
Darryl Singer, one of Brown’s lawyers, says the decision is important because it encourages the precedent set in Winmill v. Woodstock (Police Services Board), 2017 ONCA 962, regarding limitation periods.
“The major finding in this case was the limitation period in an assault and battery case. The facts are the same, like a mirror image,” he says.
Insurance companies have long managed to manipulate our institutions into believing that there's so much fraud they must deny every claim.
Darryl Singer: It depends on where you work, who your boss is and how long you’ve worked there. Consider: Are you at a small firm? Is your boss known to be understanding about these things? Are you working for a larger firm as a typical associate who’s grinding away, and thus don’t know the partners’ attitudes? I wish we had evolved as a profession to the point where the answer to this question could be an unqualified yes.