- Prof holds up Quebec system for handling financial cases as best practice.
|Steven Salterio says generalist judges and prosecutors don’t cut it in complicated corporate law trials.|
- Practising In-house
There is, predictably and understandably, more interest in specific issues than in the profession as a whole. In-house lawyers are not unique in focusing on more immediate matters: Have I fulfilled my mandatory continuing professional development obligations? Do I have the information and skills I need to do my job well? Do I feel part of a community? Are my professional networks intact? As I look around however, I see relatively few of us are interested in the evolution of the role of in-house lawyers and I’d hazard a pretty educated guess fewer still care about the political organization of in-house lawyers or the associations and other groups that represent in-house lawyers.
Written by Jennifer Brown Posted Date: January 14, 2013
|The Competition Bureau is seeking massive penalties from Direct Energy and Reliance Comfort for anti-competitive behaviour in the water heater market. Photo: Shutterstock|
Written by Jennifer Brown Posted Date: January 07, 2013
- RCMP may be targeting big companies now but enforcement is becoming more stringent
|The RCMP ‘are on a serious enforcement tract’ regarding anti-corruption, says Jonathan Drimmer.|
- In-house Coach
We have all seen the articles about the increased influence of general counsel both in the boardroom and elsewhere, as well as the expanding role in the C-suite. However, in all the conversations about influence and stature we should not lose sight of the most basic responsibility of the general counsel — to be a good lawyer. Whatever other responsibilities you assume or roles you take on while practising in-house, your core and most fundamental responsibility is the legal health of your client, the organization. Thus, being a good lawyer comes before anything else.
- Practising In-house
The in-house practice of law differs dramatically from the practice of the traditional private practice lawyer. I agree with those of you who say internal and external lawyers have more in common than we don’t, but I don’t agree with those who use that as a reason to subsume the in-house lawyers within the larger group for all purposes. This is not a column about “piling on” to criticize outside counsel. I believe we should all work to ensure the relationship between in-house lawyers and private practice lawyers (between all lawyers for that matter) is collegial and respectful.
Written by Jennifer Brown Posted Date: December 10, 2012
|Canadian companies continue to other regions and countries in the world. Source: Kroll Global Fraud Report.|
|Driver Iron is an employer and can’t opt out of agreements with unions, confirmed the SCC. Photo: Shutterstock|
Written by Michael Atlas Posted Date: December 03, 2012