Outsourced Legal Research For Canadian Lawyers

LexOutsource provides legal research, writing and analysis support to lawyers throughout Canada. We have experience drafting everything from short opinion letters to detailed memoranda of law, from complex trial and appellate factums to simple motions and statements of claim.

In all cases, we guarantee a high quality legal product at a reasonable rate. By combining comprehensive experience in legal research, writing and analysis, with a deep understanding of provincial and federal laws throughout Canada, and knowledge of other major jurisdictions legal systems, we can address your most complex queries and deliver innovative advice that is critical to the success of your clients.

Our legal professionals average approximately 10 years of experience. They have served more than 500 law firms nationwide, on over 5000 cases.

Meet Our Satisfied Clients

LexOutsource’s legal outsourcing services are professional, affordable and reliable. My firm and clients have benefited greatly from LexOutsource for years.

Kenneth Wise, Ken Wise and Associates, Toronto, Ontario.

I am very satisfied with your service in all respects; the responsiveness to my initial inquiry was immediate and thorough, the work completed on a very timely basis, the research impeccable, and the factum thorough, instructive, and useful. The contentious issues were engaged with extremely accurately. It was exactly what I was looking for.

Mathieu Picard, Cantini Law Group, Moncton, New Brunswick.

For those dubious about outsourcing legal research I want to say my experience dealing with LexOutsource has put my concerns to rest. The quality of the work produced was first class, timely and on budget. Moreover, there was a direct benefit both to my client and my firm in not having to utilize higher cost firm resources for doing the necessary research for the legal opinion ultimately rendered. Unlike large law firms we do not have the person power to dedicate to legal research. I am comfortable in recommending LexOutsource to those considering doing business with them.

Gary Farb, Clark, Farb and Fiskel, Barristers and Solicitors, Toronto, Ontario.

I had a particularly vexing legal challenge in connection with continuing an action against the estate of the deceased defendant. I turned to LexOutsource for legal research and some guidance. I had occasion to deal with Irshad Motala, a principal, who was both obliging and conscientious, resulting in the correct and practical answer to my quandary. In my dealings with Irshad it was also clear that he wanted to offer good value for the research dollars I spent with LexOutsource by, among other things, writing off time dedicated by his team to unproductive research results. In essence, I got good results for good value.

Gabor Zinner, Zinner Law Office, Calgary, Alberta.

The legal research and writing provided by LexOutsource was timely. The resulting memorandum covered the issue on which we were seeking assistance. LexOutsource was particularly helpful because it is often difficult to find the time in a busy practice to conduct legal research on your own.

Derrick Watton Q.C., Murphy and Watton, Barristers, Solicitors and Notaries, Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador.

We have been very pleased with LexOutsource’s services, including the prompt handling of requests and the reasonable fees they offer.

Philip and Franceen Romney, Romneylaw Incorporated, Bridgewater, Nova Scotia.

The services offered by LexOutsource are outstanding and have helped numerous of our clients. The quality and speed of their work has made their service indispensable.

Donald Scott, Don Scott McMurray Law Office, Fort McMurray, Alberta.

LexOutsource’s legal research and writing services have been my first line of attack to any problem I run into in deciding paths to take in pleading and defending cases. Usually, LexOutsource’s first research memorandum is bang on in dealing with the factual situation that I outlined to them. On a few occasions, the first brush allowed me to come back to LexOutsource and add layers of subtlety that goes down to the fine points of an argument. LexOutsource acts as my primary in-house research team. Because I am in a rush on most matters, their great turnaround time leaves me free to pursue other aspects, while they put together the substantive legal arguments at a reasonable price.

Pell Capone, Bondaruk & Capone, Barristers and Solicitors, Toronto, Ontario.

I would like to take this moment to thank you for the various legal research memoranda that you have provided to our offices. You and your team at LexOutsource have provided us with prompt, timely, and specific research memoranda prepared to our requests. What has been most impressive is the LexOutsource team’s ability to narrow the legal issues in the memorandum and provide us with appropriate / specific summaries. Further, the research memoranda have been provided in a very prompt and timely fashion. As you know, we would not hesitate to provide a reference for you and your team at LexOutsource. In fact, we have provided your name to a number of banks and their Estate departments and other lawyers as well and would not hesitate to continue to do so. As always, thanks again and we will not hesitate to contact you with respect to our legal research requirements in future.

Michael Schmidt, Schmidt Law Office Professional Corporation, Kitchener, Ontario.

In the midst of a complex case, I required an immediate answer to a difficult series of integrated law and process questions. Our in-house research specialist was over-burdened and would have been hard pressed to find the time to help. By coincidence, at the same time I received an email from LexOutsource and decided to experiment with their services. I received a research report from LexOutsource that was prompt, delivered on schedule, on budget, and legally sound. Those circumstances repeated themselves the following week. Mr Irshad Motala from LexOutsource delivered an urgent analysis over-night that was thorough, skilled, mature and consistent with my understanding of the case-law. I will use LexOutsource again.

Herman Turkstra, Turkstra Mazza Lawyers, Hamilton, Ontario.

I would like to express our thoughts on your very valuable assistance with two recent assignments; our firm referred to you fairly complex questions of “negligence” versus “gross negligence,” and an issue of duress in the course of signing a waiver of liability agreement. The research that your firm provided was very helpful, provided in a very timely fashion, and at an extremely attractive rate. Neither I nor my staff could have accomplished the research and written the memoranda of law for anywhere near approaching the cost that you charged; of necessity, we would have had to charge our client three or four times more than you charged. Your research was well done, timely, and extremely good value for the money.

Donald McLeod, Donald R. McLeod Law Corporation, Victoria, British Columbia.

I have had the opportunity to work with LexOutsource on at least five research projects. I have learned that their superior research is the most cost-effective manner way to tackle my legal research needs. It saves me considerable time and frustration while saving my clients money.The work product is excellent, it is simple to work through the research parameters and the results are delivered in an extremely timely fashion. Most recently, on a Friday at 5 PM, I requested a specific research project in a timely fashion and to my absolute surprise I received the research memo back at 11 PM the same evening!I highly recommend this resource as a way to improve legal services, reduce costs to clients and allow lawyers to focus on the non-research aspects of cases – I am much more confident in my legal argument with the LexOutsource research memos supporting me.

Reid Thompson, Hook, Seller & Lundin LLP, Kenora, Ontario.

I have used LexOutsource for a number of years. Their legal research is accurate, inexpensive and fast: ideal for factums. I highly recommend their services.

John Syrtash, Garfin Zeidenberg LLP, Toronto, Ontario.

I am a sole practitioner who has needed legal research from time to time but had the time to do it myself. Somehow, I cannot remember how, I stumbled upon LexOutsource. I used them once and was very satisfied, and then again and again, and each time have been happy with the incredibly quick turn-around time and the excellence of their research memos. I would recommend their services to anyone!

David Goodman, Goodman, Solomon & Gold, Barristers and Solicitors, Toronto, Ontario.

I have hired LexOutsource to do legal research, draft settlement proposals and mediation briefs for my firm on many occasions. Service has been prompt, thorough and well worth the cost. I heartily recommend LexOutsource and Irshad Motala, in particular.

Deborah L. Barron, Barrister & Solicitor, Calgary, Alberta.

Legal Research

Covering statutes, case-law and secondary sources of federal and provincial law, as well as several foreign jurisdictions.

Legal Writing

Drafting legal documents, such as pleadings, motions, factums, written submissions, memoranda of law, and summaries.

Legal Analysis

Applying the law and offering ideas and strategies to ensure the best possible outcomes on your matters.

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Legal research and document preparation are two other areas where an outfit like LexOutsource can provide value to law firms. Legal research is essential to successful outcomes but time-consuming, says founder and CEO Irshad Motala. “Which lawyer wants to spend hours attempting to uncover a ‘needle in the haystack’ precedent when they already have so much pressing work on their plate?” says Motala.  

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Mandatory Shutdowns And Commercial Leasing: Who Bears The Risk?

A Review of the Legal Position in Canada and Other Common Law Jurisdictions Irshad Motala, LLB. CEO, LexOutsource – Legal Research, Writing and Analysis for Canadian Lawyers There is significant uncertainty regarding the tenant’s obligation to pay rent where trade from the leased premises becomes impossible due to the mandatory closure of non-essential businesses in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. On the one hand, the tenant cannot meaningfully enjoy use of the leased premises and derives no income from the leased premises during a mandatory closure. The tenant may also be deprived of the knock-on benefits associated with consistent foot traffic through a vibrant shopping centre. In such a situation, it could appear inequitable for a tenant to be expected to pay rent.  However, there are also equitable arguments which favour the landlord: (a) The landlord has not deprived the tenant of the right to trade. The COVID-19 pandemic is a natural disaster and the ensuing restrictions placed on trade do not stem from the landlord. (b) The tenant retains possession of the leased premises. For instance, the tenant’s trade fixtures and inventory remain in the leased premises. Therefore, the situation is akin to the tenant temporarily ceasing business for staff training or to take stock, without moving out of the leased premises. Thus, the landlord should not be responsible for non-use of the leased premises by the tenant, where such non-use is caused by events unrelated to the landlord. (c) The tenant’s continued possession of the leased premises is beneficial to the tenant. For instance, the tenant does not have to pay additional moving and storage costs for... Read More >>>

Freelance Legal Research: A Solution to a Law Firm’s Constraints

Let’s face it: Legal research and writing can be a time-consuming endeavour. After all, which lawyer wants to spend hours attempting to uncover a “needle in the haystack” precedent, when they already have so much pressing work on their plate? This is especially so when there are so many different legal research resources which may need to be scanned to find the “right” case. Indeed, one judge aptly described the predicament faced by lawyers in the following terms: “For a lawyer at the top of her field the work hours are often intense.  Lawyers in a competitive work environment can regularly be required to work in very long continuous stretches up to ten or 12 or more hours per day on end, often continuing into the weekends and evenings.  These working hours often involving considerable stress, for example, as urgent legal research is needed, or documents need to be negotiated and drafted for the impending closing of a corporate transaction, or preparation for direct or cross-examination of witnesses is needed each night and weekend prior to and during a trial.”[i] In addition, conducting quality legal research often requires incurring significant expenditure (over and above the time-limitations). Free legal research resources have inherent limitations, with one judge accepting “that although CanLII can be a useful free resource, it is less reliable for noting up older cases.”[ii] Premium legal research resources can come at a prohibitive cost. For instance, in one case, it was noted that a British Columbia law firm was paying “Westlaw $1,666.67 per month for access to the legal resource database”.[iii] Often, the monthly subscription costs for premium... Read More >>>

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