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November 2015




Acquisition of King James Place

Real Estate Group partner, Neill Kalvin, and Real Estate Group law clerk, Helen Wright, acted on behalf of a separate account client of Northam Realty Advisors Limited, on the acquisition of King James Place, a boutique office building located at 133-135 and 143-145 King Street East, Toronto. Prominently situated along King Street East, across from St. James Cathedral and St. James Park, King James Place is the preeminent boutique office building in Downtown Toronto. Clad in traditional red brick that carefully complements the buildings’ original Victorian facade, King James Place is one of the most recognizable landmarks of Toronto’s original old town streetscape. King James Place has received numerous industry awards, including the BOMA Building of the Year (2008) and the prestigious Governor General’s Award for Architecture.




Litigation Group Emerges Victorious from a Five-Week Trial

On July 8, 2015, David Taub and Robert Choi of our Litigation Group won a $2.2 million (USD) judgment for Future Image Holdings Corporation, after a five-week trial in the Superior Court of Justice. In the matter of Future Image Holdings Corporation et al. v. Barefoot Science Technologies Inc. et al., 2015 ONSC 4432, Justice McIsaac awarded judgment to Future Image Holdings Corporation ("Future Image") and dismissed both the counterclaim and the third party claim made against Future Image, its affiliate, and the principal. This case arose from Future Image's multi-million dollar investment in Barefoot Science Holdings Inc. ("Barefoot Science"), whose principals represented to Future Image that the investment was secured by valuable insole technologies owned by Barefoot Science. In fact, the intellectual property was owned by Barefoot Science's subsidiary, and the inventor of the technologies fraudulently concealed documents that purported to give him certain reversionary interests and royalties. Justice McIsaac held that Barefoot Science's principal committed fraud and breached fiduciary duties, and the findings led the court to grant oppression remedies to Future Image pursuant to Ontario's Business Corporations Act.

The written decision was published by the Canadian Legal Information Institute and can be accessed here ►


One Bloor Update

The long-awaited One Bloor project by Great Gulf hosted its roof topping celebrations on November 9, 2015. The landmark 75 storey mixed-use condominium tower has been under construction for several years and is finally nearing completion. This striking building with its cascading floors will revitalize and transform the south-east corner of Bloor Street for generations to come. We look forward to assisting Great Gulf when it commences closings of the condominium units in 2016.




Edge of Acceptable: Terminating employees who post in poor taste
by Barbara Green

For many employers, the British Columbia Supreme Court’s recent decision of Kim v. International Triathlon Union will make them think twice about terminating an employee for his or her questionable use of social media.

The employee in question was a senior manager of communications at the International Triathlon Union (ITU) before she was terminated for a number of unprofessional and insubordinate social postings on social media. She argued she was wrongfully dismissed without cause or reasonable notice.

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Thinking outside the| box |
featuring Arin Klug

Robins Appleby lawyers have a knack for identifying problems and finding creative solutions. Their passion for the practice of law extends well beyond their individual areas of expertise.

Arin Klug, an associate in our Tax and Estates Group, was instrumental in the passage of recent amendments to the Rules of Civil Procedure and the Family Law Rules that will facilitate the exchange of court documents in legal proceedings.

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35th Annual BILD Awards

Green Builder of the Year – Low-Rise

On April 24, 2015, over 1,200 members of the BILD community gathered at the Paramount Event Venue in Vaughan, Ontario, to celebrate the best of the residential building industry in the GTA. We would like to congratulate all of the winners, which included a number of our clients, such as Sean Mason Homes Inc., which won the Green Home Builder of the Year - Low-Rise and Best E-mail Marketing Piece – Low-Rise. We also extend our congratulations to the Sorbara Group of Companies for winning the Best Project Rendering - High-Rise for the Beacon Condominiums and Best Model Home for its Crafthouse. Hats off to Anbros Financial Corp. for winning Best Suite Design over 1,500 square feet at the Residences at the Hunt Club on Kingston Road, Toronto. And finally, we also wish to congratulate Tridel Corporation for winning P2G Community of the Year - High-Rise for its Aquavista at Bayside. We are proud to have represented the City of Toronto in its participation with Tridel Corporation in the construction of 80 affordable housing units for artists within the Aquavista at Bayside Project.


Aish Toronto Gala Dinner - Monday, December 7, 2015

Robins Appleby LLP is proud to announce that Darrell Gold, a partner in our Real Estate Group, is one of six Mentors being recognized at the Aish Toronto Gala Dinner on December 7, 2015 at the Terrace Banquet Hall (benefitting Aish Toronto and the Jewish Legal Network) for exemplifying Legal Excellence and Community Leadership. The Honorary Chairman is Ronnie Appleby Q.C., senior partner at Robins Appleby LLP. For more information go to: ►

Founded in 1981, Aish Toronto is a Jewish outreach organization bringing Jewish values, ethics and community to thousands of people across Canada. Its many projects include the Jewish Legal Network which provides guidance and support for JLN students from legal professional mentors who demonstrate the importance of maintaining a healthy balance between career, family, and community life. JLN offers programming such as legal ethics, seminars, speakers and on and off-campus Jewish events to law students who are pursuing a legal career. The vision of the JLN is to ensure that future legal professionals are imbued with ethical awareness and are committed to community service.




Introducing Zale Skolnik

Zale Skolnik is an associate in the Real Estate Group where he advises clients on all aspects of real estate law, including commercial sales and acquisitions, commercial leasing, financing and development.

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Interview with Errol H. Tenenbaum

How long have you been with Robins Appleby LLP?

I've been at the firm for 10 years.

What do you specialize in at Robins Appleby LLP?

I practice in the areas of tax law and estate and succession planning.

What characteristics do you think a person needs to be a successful Tax and Estate Planning Lawyer?

In order to properly assist clients with their tax and estate planning needs, a successful lawyer in this area must have both the necessary expertise and a firm understanding of the client's business. This helps ensure that the planning that is undertaken is appropriate for that client's specific situation.

What do you want our readers to know about Robins Appleby LLP?

Robins Appleby is a mid-sized firm doing big firm work. We have many years of experience providing expert advice on a variety of business and tax issues, and we take pride in developing long-term relationships with our clients to ensure that we continue to provide them with up-to-date advice as their needs evolve throughout the years.

How do you spend your spare time?

I love downhill skiing, and I've been doing a lot of running in the last year (and completed my first 10K in the spring). Ultimately, most of my spare time is spent with my wife and 4 year old son.


When I walk into your office for the first time, looking around, what would your office tell me about you?

I have a bulletin board covered with photographs of my family and pictures by my son – so someone would know that I take pride in my family and that I have an adorable and creative child who thoroughly enjoys drawing (but who, unfortunately, might not have a future as an artist).

How is that different from your personal life?

I try not to have as many files front and centre in my house. Otherwise, no difference – lots of pictures of my family.

What are you reading right now?

I don't always get a chance to read regularly, so I'm in-between books and I seem to alternate between heavy and quick reads. I haven't actually started it yet, but I was just given 'The Girl on the Train' by Paula Hawkins by my mother-in-law (which I'm guessing is in the 'quick read' category). The last book I read was The Hobbit.

If you met yourself in your first year of law school, what advice would you give him?

My undergraduate degree was in Political Science and I wasn't sure at the time if I wanted to practice law, so I actually think I would tell myself to stay the course... and pick a different roommate in first year, that guy was really weird.


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