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.
The elimination of mandatory mediation under Ontario’s new Statutory Accident Benefits Schedule was a mistake, Toronto-area personal injury lawyer Darryl Singer tells Law Times.
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Lawyers are three times as likely as non-lawyers to be addicts and alcoholics and more than three times as likely to suffer some form of significant mental health episode. In fact, perhaps one in every five lawyers will face some sort of serious addiction or mental health issue in the course of their career.
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“With family law you’re dealing with the single-most important thing in people’s lives. You’re dealing with their rights to see their children. You’re dealing with — in the case of representing a wife, who in most cases is going to have the kids — the question of whether that person is going to have the financial ability to go on with whatever settlement there is with respect to support,” he [Darryl Singer] said.
“I think there is no harm in having paralegals jumping into the game provided they have specific training in family law.”
NEWSTALK 1010 - Capping lawyers referral fees not in the public's best interest, Darryl Singer tells Barb DiGiulio (MP3, 17 mins.)
On the eve of Convocation at the Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC) voting to adopt both a sliding scale for lawyers' referral fees as well as a $25,000 cap, personal injury lawyer Darryl Singer disagrees with the changes. He says that lawyers' referral fees do not harm clients in any way because they come out of standard one-third contingency fee, which is how personal injury lawyers get paid.
But capping referral feels may prevent some Ontarians with a personal injury lawsuit from finding a lawyer who will be willing to take their case because the profit margins will be slim.
New "Wellness Columnist" Darryl Singer wants to shine a spotlight on health and well-being of lawyers. Many lawyers suffer from mental health issues, including rates of depression as high as 33 per cent, two to three times higher than the general population (law students suffer depression rates of 40 per cent).
As a result, many lawyers suffer from alcoholism and substance abuse issues at twice the rates of the general population, especially cocaine and prescription drugs. Substance abuse increases with years of practice.
Not surprisingly, a reported 25 per cent of the lawyers facing disciplinary issues suffer from drugs, alcohol or depression.
"I think cutting out the mediation stage was a mistake because it gets rid of a lot of files that then don't have to go through to an arbitration," says Darryl Singer who saw 75 per cent of his cases resolved through mediation before the LAT [Licence Appeals Tribunal] began.
"The two major shortcomings of the LAT is that it eliminates very early mediation of the AB [accident benefit] claims and also in many cases eliminates the opportunity for an actual full-blown arbitration in place of a mediation."
(April 10, 2017 edition of The Law Times, Page 11.)
"If there is a default in the performance of the settlement terms, then I'm at liberty to go and flop that judgment on the counter at the courthouse and get it sealed and then I can enforce it in the same way as any other judgment," civil litigator tells The Law Times.
(April 10, 2017 edition of The Law Times, Page 10.)
Although the Law Society of Upper Canada recently announced plans to cap lawyer referral fees, this will have no impact on clients or the fees that they pay their counsel, Toronto personal injury lawyer Darryl Singer tells The Night Side on Newstalk 1010.
Civil litigator Darryl Singer writes: "While the LSUC spent considerable time getting all knotted up over the allowable referral fees, the recommendations said nothing about what would be done to clamp down on the under-the-table referral arrangements that go on all the time: real estate lawyers who pay finders’ fees to real estate agents; and personal injury lawyers who pay doctors, emergency room nurses and tow truck drivers hefty cash fees in the range of $2,000 to $4,000 per referral."
Bill 103 was introduced by Mike Colle, a Liberal MPP for Eglinton-Lawrence, that would cap lawyers' referral fees at 15%. Darryl Singer of Singer Barristers Professional Corporation sees little chance of the proposed legislation passing. Very few private member's bills make it to royal assent to become law. “And Patrick Brown [leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario] said he does not support it and I’m not sure all the [Ontario] Liberals support it,” he added.