COVID-19 Update and Firm Response
As a province and nation we are facing an unprecedented challenge with the coronavirus (COVID-19) that is impacting all business sectors.
The partners and management team at Cunningham, Swan, Carty, Little & Bonham LLP have taken steps to ensure the continuity of operations during this difficult time. The firm’s response to the situation continues to evolve as the advice of medical authorities changes and further provincial and federal government efforts unfold. The well-being of our clients, staff, lawyers and their families, and the broader community, remains a key priority as we collectively respond to the situation.
The offices of Cunningham Swan remain open, with enhanced measures for safety during meetings and for our staff generally. In the event that you are unwell, or you may have been exposed to someone who is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, please reschedule any appointments to visit our offices to reduce the risk to others. The office will remain open so long as it is permitted by government authorities and safe to do so. Please know that we are actively limiting in-person client meetings and employing our existing and enhanced technology for video and teleconferencing to facilitate meetings. Our staff and lawyers are equipped to work remotely and Cunningham Swan remains able to serve your business and legal needs with continued service should a physical office closure become necessary.
The Ontario Court of Justice and Superior Court of Justice have suspended operations effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020 and until further notice. All criminal, family and civil matters scheduled to be heard are adjourned, with limited exceptions for urgent matters. Various administrative tribunals have followed suit and are limiting adjudication. Where procedural rules or court orders require the regular filing of documents during this emergency period, and it becomes impossible to file at the courthouse or the courthouse is believed to be unsafe, parties can expect the Court to grant extensions of time once the Court’s normal operations resume. Parties must still comply with orders and rules requiring the service or delivery of documents as between parties. In the event that courthouses become closed or are inaccessible due to safety concerns, and to preserve limitation periods under the Limitations Act, there continues to be ability to file claims. Cunningham Swan will ensure that all matters effected by the suspension are addressed appropriately. Our litigation lawyers are closely monitoring the evolving situation and will ensure continuing deadlines are met.
Celebrating 125 years in the Kingston community, the lawyers at Cunningham Swan Carty Little & Bonham LLP are the trusted successors to generations of outstanding lawyers. We offer a broad range of legal services to individual and corporate clients in the private and public sectors in Kingston and southeastern Ontario.
We’ve been around for a long time, we’ve seen it all, and we get it – that is why we’re able to understand our clients and help them with their diverse needs. With a long tradition of service dating back to 1894, Cunningham Swan is a Kingston-based law firm that provides high quality services to address simple and complex legal problems in a friendly and client-oriented atmosphere. Our standard of excellence has endured throughout the years. The strength and reputation of our firm is built on a strong foundation of ethics, ingenuity, and leadership.
Deeply rooted in Kingston and its communities, we strive to develop and nurture long-term relationships that enhance our clients’ success. Our lawyers and legal support staff from all practice groups work as a team in a manner that best serves the client. Simply put, if our clients succeed, then we succeed.
Our practice groups offer specialized services in a number of areas, including: