New Hire Announcement: Audrey Ramsay Joins Blouin, Dunn LLP

AUDREY Claude Blouin and Jamie Dunn, Partners at BLOUIN · DUNN LLP, are extremely pleased to announce that Audrey Ramsay has joined the firm as an associate.

Audrey was called to the Ontario bar in 1995. She received an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree (Political Science and French) from Wilfrid Laurier University in 1989 and her Bachelor of Laws degree from Ottawa University in 1993.

Since her call to the Bar, she has handled a broad range of insurance defense work including property and casualty, professional negligence, commercial and automobile insurance.

Audrey is involved in a number of professional organizations, and has served as a member of the Ontario Bar Association Board of Directors, Chair of Professional Development, OBA Chair of Sections, OBA Chair of Insurance Law Section, OBA Chair of Civil Litigation Section, Vice-Chair, OBA Insurance Law Executive, Public Affairs Liaison on the Insurance Law Executive, member of OBA Council and Chair of Counsel Forum at the Financial Services Commission of Ontario.

Audrey was awarded the Linda Adlam Manning Award in 2010 for volunteerism by the OBA. She has written articles, presented and chaired continuing legal education seminars organized by the Ontario Bar Association, the Law Society of Upper Canada, and the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers. She was an instructor for the Law Society of Upper Canada’s Bar Admission Course, and Skills and Professional Responsibility Licensing Program.

She is a past newsletter editor for both the Ontario Bar Association Insurance and Civil Litigation section newsletters. She has been a contributor to Briefly Speaking Magazine, the Insurance Law Newsletter and the Civil Litigation newsletter. Audrey has written many articles and spoken regularly at seminars on a range of topics.  She has organized, chaired or presented at a number of continuing legal education programs.

Outside of work, Audrey enjoys travelling, spending time with family and friends, and getting involved in charitable organizations.

Audrey’s contact information is:

T. 416-365-7888 ext. 119
F. 416-365-7988

Important Changes To Legislation Re: Motor Vehicle Accidents

Important changes to the Insurance Act (and regulations enacted thereunder) regarding motor vehicle tort claims came into effect on August 1, 2015.

The changes are largely to adjust statutorily defined monetary sums for inflation.

These changes are as follows:

  1. The deductible has increased from ,000.00 to ,540.00;
  2. The FLA deductible has increased from $15,000.00 to $18,270.00;
  3. The threshold beyond which the new deductible disappears has increased from $100,000.00 to $121,799.00;
  4. The threshold beyond which the new deductible for FLA claims disappears has increased from $50,000.00 to $60,899.00;
  5. S.267.5(9) of the Insurance Act has been amended to state that costs will be calculated on net general damages, not gross.

The specific wording of the regulation/Insurance Act changes are detailed in the attached link: