Ottawa White Collar Crime Lawyer Asks:

Reports in mid-August suggest that the government is planning to toughen white-collar crime laws.  Apparently, this move is in response to the concerns arising from recent high-profile fraud schemes that left many with significant financial losses.

Possible measures include mandatory sentences for white-collar criminals and to increase the amount of time actually spent in jail when a custodial sentence is imposed.

Given the current political and economic climates, a person charged with, or being investigated for,  fraud, tax evasion and other related so-called “white collar crimes” would be well advised to seek an experienced criminal defence lawyer as early in the process as follows.

Schreiber- Mulroney Commission Begins

Mr. Justice Oliphant heard submissions today from the lawyers representing Mr. Schreiber (our own Richard Auger), Mr. Mulroney and the Attorney General.  The issue today related to the scope of the inquiry in terms of what statutes, laws, regulations and other codes of conduct should be considered when assessing the interactions between Mr. Schreiber and Mr. Mulroney.

Lots of interesting press and blog chatter about the day’s events:

Judge is urged to consider anti-corruption laws” – January 8, 2009

The Globe and Mail – Greg McArthur

Mulroney probe extended” – January 8, 2009

The Toronto Star – Joanna Smith

No report from Mulroney probe until year’s end” – January 7, 2009

The Canadian Press

Lawyers argue ethics at Mulroney-Schreiber hearing” – January 7, 2009

The Gazette – Norma Greenaway

“Prelude to a public inquiry – Liveblogging the Oliphant Commission (Day One)” – January 7, 2009

Maclean’s Blog – Kady O’Malley

Mulroney-Schreiber prepare for Round 1” – January 6, 2009

Lethbridge Herald – Jim Browm

Stay tuned…

Forty Under 40 – 2008: Brenda Hollingsworth

We are delighted to announce that Brenda Hollingsworth has been named one of Ottawa’s “Top 40 under 40” by the Ottawa Business Journal. Read Brenda’s recipient profile here.