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[ANNOUNCEMENT] Mar 16 2020 - Rayman Beitchman LLP Working Remotely Due to COVID-19

Starting on March 16th, and until further notice, the team at Rayman Beitchman LLP has transitioned to serving our clients remotely. This is in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to do our part in implementing social distancing and to help flatten the curve. Our physical offices at 250 Yonge Street will be closed until further notice. The Rayman Beitchman LLP team is well set up to continue to provide full service to our clients, as if we are still in the office, while working remotely. You can still reach our team members by email or phone. If you leave a voicemail message it will be returned promptly. We wish our clients and colleagues all the best during these difficult times.

[PRESENTATION] Mar 11 2020 - Jason Beitchman a panelist at the CMSBA Fall Conference

Jason Beitchman a panelist at the Canadian Money Services Business Association Fall Conference. Read more

[MEDIA] Feb 25 2020 - Jason Beitchman quoted by CBC News regarding successful sports harassment appeal

Jason Beitchman was quoted by CBC News Ottawa article, “Ottawa track coach Andy McInnis wins appeal in sexual harassment case” regarding recent successful arbitration decision from the Sports Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada. Read more

[MEDIA] Feb 11 2020 - Jason Beitchman is quoted by CTV News, CBC News and Windsor Star

Jason Beitchman is quoted by Windsor news outlets, CTV News Windsor, CBC News Windsor Windsor Star and AM800, regarding his recent successful decision in Paciorka Leaseholds Limited v Windsor (City). Read CTV News Read CBC News  Read Windsor Star Read AM800

[MEDIA] Feb 11 2020 - Jason Beitchman interviewed by CBC Radio One

Jason Beitchman is interviewed by Chris dela Torre of CBC Radio One’s Afternoon Drive in a segment, “Windsor loses Spring Garden expropriation case at LPAT” on his recent successful LPAT decision. Listen here

[DECISION] Feb 11 2020 - Conner Harris and Brynn Leger successful in appeal before Divisional Court

Justice Kiteley of the Divisional Court dismissed an appeal of a Small Claims Court decision which found professional negligence on the part of a former lawyer of Rayman Beitchman’s client. Acting as pro bono counsel on the appeal, Conner Harris and Brynn Leger argued successfully to uphold the decision which found the appellant negligent and also obtained an award of costs in the matter. Read more

[DECISION] Feb 07 2020 - Jason Beitchman and Conner Harris successfully obtain award of $2.8million for clients at Local Planning Appeal Tribunal

Jason Beitchman and Conner Harris were successful in representing local landowners at the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) to obtain compensation of $2.8million, plus 6% interest dating back to 1997, from the City of Windsor who had expropriated their property. Mr. Beitchman and Mr. Harris had previously represented these landowners as the case was appealed up to the Ontario Court of Appeal from an earlier LPAT decision. The matter was sent back to a new hearing at LPAT. This decision from that new hearing is a resounding success for the landowners, who have been fighting for the fair compensation for their land taken for over a decade. Read more

[DECISION] Jan 06 2020 - Jason Beitchman obtains order for payment of settlement funds.

Jason Beitchman appeared at the Ontario Superior Court of Justice representing the plaintiff and defendant by counterclaim following the settlement of a claim for breach of contract, damages for dismissal as a dependent contractor, and punitive and aggravated damages, as well as a counterclaim for civil fraud. The parties were able to settle the matter on the eve of trial which provided Rayman Beitchman’s client with damages and costs. Mr. Beitchman successfully asked the Court to incorporate the terms of the settlement into an Order which Rayman Beitchman could enforce on behalf of the client. Read more

[DECISION] Dec 18 2019 - Jason Beitchman successful in arbitration at the Sports Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada

Jason Beitchman represented the claimant, a lifelong athlete and accomplished coach, at an arbitration before the SDRCC in an appeal of Athletics Canada’s decision to remove the claimant as a member of Athletics Canada and from their hall of fame based on complaints of harassment. Mr. Beitchman successfully argued that the investigation into the complaints and resulting decision were procedurally unfair and biased by ignoring exculpatory evidence and unfairly conflating the investigation into the claimant with other ongoing investigations. The arbitrator agreed that the process was unfair and biased, and ordered to overturn the decision. Read more

[DECISION] Dec 06 2019 - Shane Rayman and Conner Harris Successfully Obtain Reimbursement of Owner’s Costs in Expropriation Proceeding Before the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal

Shane Rayman and Conner Harris successfully obtain reimbursement of a land owner’s legal, appraisal and other professional costs arising from an expropriation proceeding after a two-day contested costs hearing before the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal. The Expropriations Act requires that owners who experience an expropriation are to be made economically whole for the process of obtaining fair compensation arising from an expropriation. Important to this is reasonable recovery for legal and expert fees incurred during the process for determining compensation. The expropriating authority in this case challenged the legal fees claimed by the owners, saying that both the amount of time expended on the process and the hourly rates charged were excessive. LPAT determined that the hourly rates charged were reasonable and proportionate to Shane’s “specialist knowledge and considerable experience in expropriations law.” It recognized his breadth of experience representing clients in complex expropriations matters, his contributions to the literature and his leadership within the Ontario Expropriation Association, as well as the responsibilities involved in being a founding partner at Rayman Beitchman LLP. The Tribunal also accepted the owner’s position that the fees are subject to compensable interest from the date the settlement was reached. The full decision, Hume v Ontario (Transportation), 2019 CanLII 117324 (ON LPAT), can be found here: Read More

[ANNOUNCEMENT] Oct 28 2019 - Brynn Leger joins Rayman Beitchman LLP as an Associate

Rayman Beitchman LLP is pleased to welcome Brynn Leger as an associate practising in expropriations law and civil litigation.

Prior to joining Rayman Beitchman in 2019, Brynn articled at a small full-service firm in Toronto which specialized in charities, not-for-profits and co-operatives. Brynn graduated in the top 8% of her class at Osgoode Hall Law School in 2018. She earned a course award and was selected as a Dean’s Fellow for the Civil Procedure course. Brynn participated in the Poverty Law Intensive Program at Parkdale Community Legal Services, where she represented clients in employment and human rights cases. Before entering law school, Brynn completed a Bilingual Honours Bachelor of Arts in International Studies, with a Certificate of Law and Social Thought from Glendon College, York University. Read More 

[PRESENTATION] Oct 25 2019 - Shane Rayman presents for Ontario Expropriations Association Fall Conference

Shane Rayman and Adam Scherer to present at the Fall Conference of the Ontario Expropriation Association on the topic of Taxation and Expropriation. Read More

[PUBLICATION] Oct 06 2019 - Shane Rayman and Sarah Spitz release paper on Expropriation Costs

Shane Rayman and Sarah Spitz release a paper for the Ontario Expropriation Association 2019 Fall Conference entitled “Shergar: Redefining Expropriation Costs” Read More 

[PRESENTATION] Oct 03 2019 - Shane Rayman guest lectures at William and Mary University in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Shane Rayman guest lectures to Specialists on Eminent Domain and Property Rights at the annual Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Conference at William and Mary University in Williamsburg, Virginia. Read More

[DECISION] Sep 30 2019 - Dawes v Gill: Lessons from a Hard Fought Neighbour Dispute

After an 8-day trial, Justice J.E. Ferguson released her reasons in Dawes v Gill, 2019 ONSC 5649 in which she dismissed all claims in a contentious neighbour dispute. Conner Harris and Sarah Spitz represented the successful defendants.

The Plaintiff sued his next-door neighbours, alleging that their home renovations had caused flooding in his basement. Suing in nuisance and negligence, the Plaintiff sought damages for the flooding and an injunction to stop the Defendants from allegedly directing more water onto his property. Liability in both causes of action ultimately turned on the question of causation. After an extensive review of the law of nuisance and negligence, Justice Ferguson applied the “but for” test in her causation analysis for both torts. She found that the Defendants acted reasonably in carrying out their home renovations. After weighing both parties experts’ opinions, Ferguson, J. held that the cause of the water infiltration in the Plaintiff’s basement was his own backyard renovation, not the Defendants’ construction. The Plaintiff had removed the impervious surfaces next to the foundation of his house where the flooding occurred and lowered the “drainage plane” in his backyard, affecting the flow of water as between the two properties. The claim in negligence also failed on the issue of whether or not the Defendants acted in accordance with the appropriate standard of care, with the Court holding that they did. Justice Ferguson went on to find that even if the Plaintiff had established that the Defendants caused his damages, they would be reduced by 50% because of his own contributory negligence.

The Plaintiff’s claims in nuisance and negligence were dismissed, as was request for an injunction. The case notably applies a “modern” approach to the law of nuisance following the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision in Antrim Truck Centre Ltd v Ontario (Transportation) and considers the utility of the defendant’s conduct in all the circumstances. It also clarifies and distinguishes the application of traditional nuisance cases respecting the flow of water and riparian rights. The full decision can be found here: 

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[ANNOUNCEMENT] Sep 05 2019 - Shane Rayman appointed to Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Conference Advisory Board

Shane Rayman is appointed to the Advisory Board of the Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Conference

[DECISION] Aug 06 2019 - Shane Rayman and Conner Harris successfully defend claim for injurious affection where no land is taken

Shane Rayman and Conner Harris successfully defend a claim for injurious affection where no land is taken, resulting in the dismissal of the entire claim and the award of costs in favour of the Respondent in  Davoodian v. Dufferin Wind Power [remove hyperlink], 2019 CanLII 75377 (LPAT) Read More

[DECISION] Jun 12 2019 - Jason Beitchman and Sarah Spitz successfully obtain Anton Piller Order

Jason Beitchman and Sarah Spitz successfully argue for and obtain an Anton Piller Order, an extraordinary remedy which gave Rayman Beitchman’s client the ability to enter into a premises, search for, and seize any documents and electronic devices which may have contained evidence of alleged breach of confidence and fiduciary duties of former employees. Read more

[MEDIA] Jun 05 2019 - Shane Rayman attempts to prevent expropriation of historic Caledonia home

Shane Rayman’s attempts to prevent an expropriation and save Ms. Lorrie Harcourt’s historic home in Caledonia are reported in the Hamilton Spectator  and the Haldimand Press . Read Hamilton Spectator  Read Haldimand Press 

[PRESENTATION] May 02 2019 - Shane Rayman presents as keynote speaker at International Eminent Domain Conference in Irvington, Virginia

Shane Rayman is the keynote speaker presenting on the topic, “Avoiding Litigation in Eminent Domain: Ethical Considerations to Encourage Amicable Resolutions” at this year’s CLE International Eminent Domain Conference in Irvington, Virginia on May 2 and 3, 2019: Read More

[MEDIA] Apr 02 2019 - Shane Rayman is quoted by the Hamilton Spectator

Shane Rayman is quoted in an article in the Hamilton Spectator about the Light Rail Transit project in Hamilton. Read More

[PRESENTATION] Jan 25 2019 - Shane Rayman presents in Palm Springs, California

Shane Rayman presents at the ALI-CLE Eminent Domain and Land Valuation Litigation Conference [remove hyperlink] in Palm Springs, California. Read More 

[ANNOUNCEMENT] Jan 08 2019 - Conner Harris joins Rayman Beitchman LLP’s partnership

Rayman Beitchman LLP is pleased to welcome Conner Harris to the firm’s partnership. Conner’s practice is focused on civil litigation and expropriations law with a focus on real property disputes, expropriation claims, administrative law matters and environmental disputes. He appears frequently before all levels of Court in the Province of Ontario and before various administrative tribunals, including the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal. Read More

[PRESENTATION] Dec 05 2018 - Shane Rayman presents in Scotsdale, Arizona

Shane Rayman presents on Ethics and Eminent Domain at CLE International’s National Eminent Domain Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona.

[PRESENTATION] Oct 05 2018 - Shane Rayman presents on expropriation and eminent domain law

Shane Rayman attends William and Mary Law School in Williamsburg, Virginia to lecture on Canadian Expropriations Law at a specialized course, “Property Rights and Eminent Domain: Law and Theory”, Chaired by Robert Thomas. Shane Rayman and Adam Scherer and lecture to the British Columbia Expropriation Association at their annual conference on the topic of taxation and expropriation in Canada.

[ANNOUNCEMENT] Sep 05 2018 - Sarah Spitz joins Rayman Beitchman LLP as an Associate

Rayman Beitchman LLP is pleased to welcome Sarah Spitz as an associate practising in expropriations law and civil litigation. Prior to joining Rayman Beitchman in 2018, Sarah articled at another leading civil litigation firm in Toronto. Sarah earned her JD from Queen’s University in 2017, graduating on the Dean’s List. While in law school, Sarah earned prizes for her work in health law and trial advocacy and was selected to represent her school in the Walsh Negotiation Competition. Outside of the classroom, Sarah worked with local Kingston seniors at the Queen’s Elder Law Clinic, assisting with end of life planning and estates matters. She was also a senior editor on the Queen’s Law Journal and acted as a research assistant, working with prominent academics on papers and books focusing on health, human rights, family law and constitutional law. Prior to law school, Sarah earned her Bachelor of Journalism at Carleton University. Her writing has appeared in the National Post, the Canadian Medical Association Journal and the Ottawa Citizen.  Read More

[MEDIA] Aug 06 2018 - Jason Beitchman Interviewed for CBC National Radio and Print

Jason Beitchman is asked by national CBC radio and print media to comment on incoming regulatory changes that will affect cryptocurrencies, including bitcoin. As a lawyer specialized in bitcoin, cryptocurrency, blockchain and AML compliance, Jason provided insight into how recent proposed amendments to regulations will impact digital currency and blockchain businesses, including bitcoin. Read more

[PRESENTATION] Jul 18 2018 - Jason Beitchman Panelist in at Crypto Compliance Event

Jason Beitchman speaks at a crypto-compliance and AML talk hosted by BlockGeeks. The standing-room-only event focused on upcoming draft amendments to the Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) and Terrorist Financing Act that will regulate digital currency in Canada, including bitcoin. Jason was joined on the panel by other blockchain and digital currency compliance experts from Coinsquare and Bitfinex, among others. Read More

[PUBLICATION] Jul 05 2018 - Shane Rayman and Conner Harris release article for the Appraisal Institute of Canada

Shane Rayman and Conner Harris author an updated version of, “Legal Privilege and its Application to Appraisers” for the Appraisal Institute of Canada. Read more

[MEDIA] Jun 13 2018 - Jason Beitchman quoted in Bitcoin Magazine on Regulatory Changes

Jason Beitchman is quoted in Bitcoin Magazine commenting on proposed amendments to the Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) and Terrorist Financing Act that will impact digital currency and blockchain businesses, including bitcoin. He is quoted as saying that the impact of the regulations will be “massive” and are going to play a significant role in allowing some market participants to rise to the top as compared to others who may struggle with compliance issues. To read more about Jason’s comments on how regulation will affect bitcoin and other digital currencies using the blockchain, you can read the full article here. Read more

[DECISION] May 23 2018 - Shane Rayman and Conner Harris successful in Appeal to Ontario Court of Appeal

Shane Rayman and Conner Harris successfully appeared on behalf of the Appellant and in Har Jo Management Services Canada Limited v. York (Regional Municipality), 2018 ONCA 469. They successfully appealed the decision of a judge of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice which had dismissed an action commenced by Rayman Beitchman’s client on the basis of the expiration of a limitation period. The Court of Appeal agreed with the Appellant that the motion’s judge had erred in both fact and law in determining when the applicable limitation period had commenced and when it had expired. The appeal raised issues concerning the commencement and application of limitation periods for civil claims with respect to public infrastructure works where it is unclear whether the damage relates to the expropriation and associated works, or other factors related to the public infrastructure project. As a result of Rayman Beitchman’s success, the appeal was allowed and the Appellant’s action restored. The Court of Appeal held that the motion for summary judgment should be dismissed and the action allowed to proceed toward trial. Rayman Beitchman’s client was awarded its costs of both the appeal and the motion Read more

[PRESENTATION] May 11 2018 - Jason Beitchman presents to Appraisal Institute of Canada

Jason Beitchman presents to the Appraisal Institute of Canada – Ontario Conference on the topic “You’re Being Sued: What’s Next?”

[DECISION] May 11 2018 - Jason Beitchman and Conner Harris successfully obtain $3.4 million dollar Judgment on behalf of commercial lender

Jason Beitchman and Conner Harris successfully obtain a $3.4 million dollar Judgment from the Ontario Superior Court on behalf of their client. Rayman Beitchman’s client, a commercial lender, is pursuing repayment of a substantial loan after the debtor defaulted and subsequently breached a forebearance agreement and promissory note. The Court’s Judgment confirms the loan agreement and the amounts owing to the lender, and secures their ability to collect on the debt through enforcement of the Judgment.

[DECISION] Apr 25 2018 - Shane Rayman and Conner Harris successful in Appeal to Divisional Court

Shane Rayman and Conner Harris successfully appealed a decision of the Surveyor General to the Divisional Court in Duarte v. Ontario; Carson v. Ontario, 2018 ONSC 2612. Rayman Beitchman represented a group of property owners whose properties front on Georgian Bay in Tiny Township in an application before the Surveyor General by the Township to have a municipal survey approved. The Township was successful in that application. As a result of the decision of the Surveyor General, Rayman Beitchman’s clients would have seen their waterfront access cut off due to the imposition of a new municipal road allowance along the beach at the front of the properties. The Divisional Court agreed with the Appellants that the Surveyor General’s decision was inconsistent with the provisions of the Surveys Act and would unfairly deprive the Appellants of waterfront ownership when their property had always been treated as waterfront properties. The appeal raised complex issues of administrative law, estoppel, riparian rights and statutory interpretation. The Divisional Court remitted the matter to the Surveyor General for redetermination in accordance with its decision. Read more

[PRESENTATION] Mar 28 2018 - Shane Rayman presents to Ontario Bar Association

Shane Rayman presents to the Ontario Bar Association – Real Property Law Section on the topic “Hearing of Necessity: An Overview and Tips for Success”. Read more

[MEDIA] Mar 21 2018 - Conner Harris quoted by CBC Ottawa

Conner Harris is quoted by CBC Ottawa regarding City Council access to expropriation agreements for the Ottawa LRT. Read more

[PRESENTATION] Dec 11 2017 - Shane Rayman presents in Las Vegas, Nevada

Shane Raymanpresents to a national audience for eminent domain attorneys on the topic of Ethical Issues in Eminent Domain at the National Conference on Eminent Domain in Law Vegas, Nevada, hosted by CLE International. Read more

[PRESENTATION] Nov 02 2017 - Conner Harris presents to the Hamilton Law Association

Conner Harris speaks about “Expropriation and the Solicitor” at the Hamilton Law Association’s Emerging Issues in Real Estate Seminar. Read more

[PRESENTATION] Oct 27 2017 - Conner Harris speaks at the Ontario Expropriation Association Fall Conference

Conner Harris speaks about recent updates to the law of costs at the annual Ontario Expropriation Association Fall Conference.

[ANNOUNCEMENT] Oct 16 2017 - Shane Rayman becomes member of Owner’s Counsel of America

Shane Rayman is made a member of the Owner’s Counsel of America, a nationwide network of leading eminent domain attorneys in the United States. Read more

[PRESENTATION] Oct 04 2017 - Shane Rayman presents to the Institute of Law Clerks of Ontario

Shane Rayman presents on the topic of “Expert Witnesses in the Litigation Process” to the Institute of Law Clerks of Ontario. Read more

[MEDIA] Jul 05 2017 - Shane Rayman featured on Eminent Domain podcast

Shane Rayman is featured as a guest on a podcast on Eminent Domain hosted by Clint Schumacher of Locke Lord LLP. Shane discussed expropriations law in Canada to an audience in the United States. Read more

[PRESENTATION] May 05 2017 - Shane Rayman presents in Little Rock, Arkansas

Shane Rayman presents at the CLE International Eminent Domain Conference in Little Rock, Arkansas on the topic of Ethical Issues in Eminent Domain.

[PRESENTATION] Apr 20 2017 - Jason Beitchman chairs Ontario Bar Association program

Jason Beitchman is the Chair of an Ontario Bar Association Program titled “Pleading Your Case Successfully”. Read more

[MEDIA] Mar 07 2017 - Shane Rayman quoted in Waterloo Chronicle

Shane Rayman quoted by the Waterloo Chronicle in article,  “Region of Waterloo yet to receive formal claims for LRT construction woes.” Read more

[MEDIA] Feb 16 2017 - Shane Rayman quoted by CNC News Kitchener-Waterloo

Shane Rayman quoted by CBC News Kitchener-Waterloo in article, “Local businesses prepare for legal action over LRT construction”. Read more

[MEDIA] Feb 15 2017 - Shane Rayman interview by CTA Kitchener

Shane Rayman interviewed by CTV Kitchener’s Abigail Bimman over the impacts the Waterloo LRT is having on businesses along King Street and the potential liability of the Region of Waterloo for damages. Read more

[DECISION] Feb 02 2017 - Shane Rayman and Conner Harris successful in costs decision at the Ontario Municipal Board

Shane Rayman and Conner Harris are successful at the Ontario Municipal Board on behalf of the Claimants in William R. Hume, Marlene Hume and Gord Hume Inc. v. the Ministry of Transportation. The motion sought an order from the Board directing it to fix the reasonable costs incurred by the Claimants in pursuing their claim for compensation arising from an expropriation by the Ministry of Transportation, rather than referring those costs to an Assessment before the Superior Court of Justice. The claim was settled in September 2015, but the parties did not agree as to costs. The Ministry of Transportation sought to have the matter referred to an Assessment Officer of the Superior Court. The Board has discretion pursuant to Section 32 of the Expropriations Act to fix the costs of a claim for compensation, or to refer the matter to an Assessment. This is the first instance in which the Board dealt with a dispute over whether costs should be fixed by the Board or referred to an Assessment following a settlement, and provides important guidance on the Board’s exercise of discretion pursuant to section 32 of the Expropriations Act. The Board determined that the matters at issue in the proceeding, for which a number of expert witnesses were retained, are matters in which it has an extensive expertise and which do not routinely come before the Superior Court in the course of litigation in that forum. The Board found that it should exercise its discretion to fix costs, and that there were no exceptional circumstances justifying the reference of costs to an Assessment Officer. The Board emphasized that it should consider the most simple, effective and expeditious manner of resolving a dispute over costs when determining whether or not to exercise its discretion to fix the costs of a proceeding before it. The Claimants were successful in having the Board exercise its discretion to fix the costs of the Claimants and a hearing date was set for that purpose. Read more

[MEDIA] Dec 06 2016 - Jason Beitchman interviewed for The Advocates Society Keeping Tabs Journal

Jason Beitchman was interviewed for The Advocates’ Society Keeping Tabs journal. Read more

[DECISION] Nov 30 2016 - Jason Beitchman and Conner Harris successful in refusals motion at Ontario Municipal Board

On November 30, 2016, the Ontario Municipal Board released a decision in Paciorka Leaseholds Limited et al. v. The City of Windsor, in which it ordered the City of Windsor to answer all of the 120 questions and document requests it had refused on examination for discovery. Jason Beitchman and Conner Harris represented the Paciorka Claimants on the motion, and Stephen Waque represented the City of Windsor. Read more

[PRESENTATION] Oct 21 2016 - Shane Rayman and Conner Harris present at the Ontario Expropriation Association Fall Conference

Shane Rayman and Conner Harris present on “Expropriating for Third Parties and the Disposition of Expropriated Lands” at Fall Conference of Ontario Expropriation Association. Read more

[PUBLICATION] Oct 13 2016 - Shane Rayman and Conner Harris release paper on the Abandonment and Disposition of Expropriated Lands

Shane Rayman and Conner Harris co-authour a paper entitled, “Sections 41 and 42 of the Expropriations Act: The Abandonment and Disposition of Expropriated Lands” Read more

[DECISION] Sep 15 2016 - Shane Rayman and Conner Harris successful in Divisional Court appeal

Shane Rayman and Conner Harris are successful responding in an appeal before the Divisional Court in Willies Car & Van Wash v. County of Simcoe. Read more  

[PRESENTATION] Sep 06 2016 - Shane Rayman presents at Eminent Domain Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada

Shane Rayman presents on the topic of, “Injurious Affection and the Canadian Approach to Damages for Partial Takings” at a National Eminent Domain Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada.

[MEDIA] Sep 02 2016 - Shane Rayman quoted by Hamilton Spectator

Shane Rayman is quoted in Hamilton Spectator article, “Metrolinx tapping property owners if their land is needed for LRT”, providing overview of expropriation process and advice to owners. Read more

[MEDIA] Jun 29 2016 - Rayman Beitchman LLP featured in Eminent Domain blog

Rayman Beitchman’s success in Down v. Ministry of Transportation featured in inversecondemnation.com, the leading U.S. Blog on emenient domain law –  “Lowball Watch: That’s A Lot of Bucks, Even if They’re Canadian Dollars” Read more

[MEDIA] Jun 27 2016 - Shane Rayman quoted by Law Times

Shane Rayman quoted in Law Times article, “Spike in expropriation work noted by lawyers“. Read more

[DECISION] May 12 2016 - Shane Rayman and Jason Beitchman successful at Ontario Municipal Board hearing

Rayman Beitchman represents property owners in first 407 East compensation hearing before Ontario Municipal Board and obtains award over 500% of initial offer in Down v Ministry of Transportation. Read Decision Read Summary

[PRESENTATION] May 09 2016 - Jason Beitchman co-chairs program for Ontario Bar Association

Jason Beitchman  co-Chairs an Ontario Bar Association program on May 9, 2016 titled Innovation in Litigation: Responding to Changes in the Legal Industry. [remove hyperlink] This program will bring together lawyers in private practice, in-house counsel, academics and judges to address topics including:
  • Trends and thought-leaders
  • Technology, litigation and the law
  • Alternative business models for your practice
  • Electronic practice management
  • Client perspectives
Electronic innovation in the courtroom

[MEDIA] May 06 2016 - Shane Rayman interviewed on CBC News

Shane Rayman interviewed on expropriation and the rights of property owners on CBC news.

[PRESENTATION] May 04 2016 - Shane Rayman presents for the Law Society of Ontario

Shane Rayman presents on the topic of municipal powers to expropriate on May 4, 2016 at the Law Society of Ontario’s Six-Minute Municipal Lawyer 2016. This seminar, composed of leading municipal lawyers in private practice, in house lawyers from municipalities and members of the Ontario Municipal Board is intended to update practitioners on current issues in municipal law. Shane’s presentation on municipal powers to expropriate will provide an overview of the jurisdiction to expropriate, the scope of municipal purposes and the ability of municipalities to acquire land or expropriate for private interests. To view the paper prepared by Shane Rayman and Conner Harris for this presentation, please see: Read more

[MEDIA] Apr 05 2016 - Shane Rayman quoted by The Globe and Mail

Shane Rayman quoted in Globe and Mail article, “Leslie Street home owners hit with liens by subcontractor on TTC project”. Read more

[DECISION] Jan 14 2016 - Conner Harris is successful at Ontario Municipal Board motion

Conner Harris recently appeared before the Ontario Municipal Board on behalf of the successful Claimants in Nikolakakos v York (Regional Municipality), 2016 CanLII 1685 (ON OMB). The Claimants brought a motion to compel the disclosure of appraisal reports and agreements as to compensation for neighbouring properties that had also experienced expropriations by the Region. The Board endorsed a broad reading of the requirement of “relevance” when considering productions in expropriations proceeding. It confirmed that concerns about pre- or post-expropriation settlements on neighbouring or related properties can be addressed in the weight accorded to them by the member hearing the claim for compensation. The concerns do not preclude disclosure. The Board granted the Claimants’ motion and ordered the disclosure of the requested documents. Read more

[PRESENTATION] Oct 06 2015 - news

Jason Beitchman invited to speak at CMBSA Fall Conference on FINTRAC Compliance Proceedings and Appeals.

[ANNOUNCEMENT] Oct 06 2015 - Shane Rayman and Jason Beitchman create Rayman Beitchman LLP

Shane Rayman and Jason Beitchman announce the creation of Rayman Beitchman LLP on October 1, 2015. Read more

[PRESENTATION] Sep 06 2015 - news

Jason Beitchman speaking on Responding to FINTRAC Findings of Non-Compliance at the Money Laundering in Canada 2015 Conference.

[DECISION] Aug 06 2015 - news

Jason Beitchman successful in having $1.75 professional negligence claim dismissed for delay.

[ANNOUNCEMENT] Jun 06 2015 - news

Jason Beitchman re-elected to OBA Civil Litigation Section Executive Committee. Read more

[DECISION] Jun 06 2015 - news

The Local Planning Appeal Tribunal issues decision on a motion successfully argued by Shane Rayman on the issue of the production of confidential documents by government in expropriation claims.

[ANNOUNCEMENT] May 06 2015 - news

Shane Rayman is appointed as a Board Member of the Greater Toronto Airport Authority Consultative Committee. Read more

[PUBLICATION] May 06 2015 - news

Jason Beitchman publishes articled titled “A FINTRAC Primer: The Compliance Regime” Read more

[DECISION] May 06 2015 - news

Shane Rayman successfully defends a claim for injurious affection where no land is taken following a full hearing before the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal. Read more

[PRESENTATION] Apr 06 2015 - news

Shane Rayman presents on Renewable Energy Projects and Claims at the Annual Conference of the Ontario Chapter of the International Right of Way Association: Read more

[DECISION] Feb 06 2015 - news

Jason Beitchman successfully resists defendants attempt to consolidate three employment actions and schedules summary judgment motions: Read more

[PRESENTATION] Oct 06 2014 - news

Shane Rayman presents on a penal Expert Evidence at the annual conference of the Ontario Expropriation Association.

[ANNOUNCEMENT] Jun 06 2014 - news

Jason Beitchman re-elected to OBA Civil Litigation Section Executive Committee. Read more

[DECISION] May 06 2014 - news

The Local Planning Appeal Tribunal issues decision on two motion successfully argued by Shane Rayman on the issue of compelling evidence of third party witnesses and amending a claim for a cause of action for loss of opportunity to complete the sale of a property due to an expropriation. Read more

[MEDIA] May 06 2014 - news

Shane Rayman in quoted in the Hamilton Spectator in an article where a councillor for the City of Hamilton stated, “So to hell with him. I don’t care”, when asked about why a property owner had his property taken without the City paying the initial offer of compensation. Read more

[PUBLICATION] Apr 06 2014 - news

Jason Beitchman publishes article on Hryniak v. Maudlin, 2014 SCC 7, “Summary Judgment Update: Supreme Court Signals Culture Shift to Greater Access to Justice”, April 2014. Read more

[DECISION] Feb 06 2014 - news

The Local Planning Appeal Tribunal issues decision in a motion successfully argued by Shane Rayman on the issue of consolidating claims by related owners: Read more

[MEDIA] Oct 09 2013 - news

Shane Rayman presents to the Alberta Expropriation Association on the decision of Antrim Truck Centre v. Ministry of Transportation for Ontario. Read more

[PRESENTATION] Oct 06 2013 - news

Shane Rayman presents on Antrim and its Future Implications at the annual conference of the Ontario Expropriation Association.

[DECISION] Mar 06 2013 - news

The Supreme Court of Canada releases its reasons for decision in Antrim Truck Centre v. Ministry of Transportation for Ontario, where Shane Rayman acted as senior counsel for the Property Owner and obtained a unanimous decision of the Court overturning the decision of the Ontario Court of Appeal. Read more

[MEDIA] Mar 06 2013 - news

Shane Rayman is quoted by Globe and Mail following his client’s successful appeal in Antrim Truck Centre v. Ministry of Transportation for Ontario before the Supreme Court of Canada. Read more

[MEDIA] Nov 06 2012 - news

Shane Rayman is quoted by Metro News on behalf of his clients seeking compensation from the City of Hamilton.

[MEDIA] Nov 06 2012 - news

Shane Rayman is quoted in an interview by CBC Radio on behalf of his clients seeking compensation from the City of Hamilton.

[PRESENTATION] Oct 06 2012 - news

Shane Rayman presents on a panel on Section 25 Offers of Compensation at the annual conference of the Ontario Expropriation Association.

[DECISION] Mar 06 2012 - news

Shane Rayman successfully argues motion brought by the Ministry of Transportation before the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal to strike out his clients’ claim for compensation.

[MEDIA] Feb 06 2012 - news

Shane Rayman is quoted by the Globe and Mail in an article on  Antrim Truck Centre v. Ministry of Transportation for Ontario  before the appeal was heard by the Supreme Court of Canada. Read more

[PRESENTATION] Oct 06 2011 - news

Shane Rayman presents to the Alberta Expropriation Association on Trends in Avoiding Expropriation. Read more

[MEDIA] Jan 06 2011 - news

Shane Rayman is quoted by Globe and Mail in an article about expropriation law in Ontario. Read more

[PRESENTATION] Oct 06 2010 - news

Shane Rayman presents to the British Columbia Expropriation Association on Avoiding Formal Expropriations.

[DECISION] Oct 06 2009 - news

The Superior Court of Justice grants summary judgment in favour of Shane Rayman’s client in a knowing receipt / civil fraud proceeding. Read more