Lawyer v. lawyer

Case shows even lawyers get into scraps over things like independent contractor status and wrongful dismissal
|Canadian Employment Law Today

An Ontario lawyer was justified in firing an associate who sent her a stinging letter, an Ontario court has ruled.

Karen Cunningham operated a law firm in Mississauga, Ont. In the summer of 2002, she was looking for an associate lawyer to work in her office. She hired Dawn Bennett in July.

Bennett was to be paid 50 per cent of all fees billed and collected. She would receive advances on commission at the rate of $38,000 per year. She was responsible for the payment of standard employee deductions, her Law Society fees and liability insurance premiums.