Sharp practice

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Sharp practice is a pejorative phrase to describe sneaky or cunning behavior that is technically within the rules of the law but borders on being unethical.[citation needed]

The term has been used by judges in Canada; in one a Canadian Construction Board gave an example of "sharp practice" for one party to "take advantage of a clear oversight by the opposite party in a proceeding."[1] According to another source, a Canadian court of appeal judgement, judges should not accuse counsel of sharp practice lightly and should generally not make such an accusation based solely on written submissions.[2]

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  1. ^ Construction Workers Local 53 v. Fahringer Mechanical Contractors Limited (2001),  CanLII  3504 (ON L.R.B.)
  2. ^ Kelly v. Dosch (2005),  CanLII  8669 (ON C.A.)