Jennifer Brown

Jennifer Brown

Jennifer Brown is the editor of Candian Lawyer InHouse.
‘There are still companies out there who are not changing their habits,’ says Kevin MacNeill.
‘There are still companies out there who are not changing their habits,’ says Kevin MacNeill.
Two directors of a company in Ontario have received jail time and a $250,000 fine for violations that led to the death of a warehouse worker.
Monday, 12 January 2015 11:42

Quebec Innu win right to sue Rio Tinto

Quebec’s appeal court handed hands victory to First Nations in their lawsuit against Rio Tinto subsidiary Iron Ore Co. of Canada.
Quebec’s appeal court handed hands victory to First Nations in their lawsuit against Rio Tinto subsidiary Iron Ore Co. of Canada.
An Innu First Nations group in Quebec has won a battle in the Quebec Court of Appeal over the right to proceed with a $900-million lawsuit against a subsidiary of mining giant Rio Tinto.
Monday, 05 January 2015 08:00

Tax guy to the rescue

Illustration: Peter Mitchell
Illustration: Peter Mitchell
Tax lawyers may not be the first guests you gravitate to at a cocktail party but you may want to rethink that notion. In an age when issues of tax morality, transparency, and tax avoidance are grabbing headlines, you’ll forgive them if tax lawyers have a little more swagger in their step these days. Whether they are tax planners or litigators, they have become central players in the risk management of public and private companies.
Monday, 29 December 2014 08:00

Are you ready for CASL 2.0?

A law that protects citizens against malware is even more important than an anti-e-mail spam one, says Jon Festinger. Photo: Mark Brennan
A law that protects citizens against malware is even more important than an anti-e-mail spam one, says Jon Festinger. Photo: Mark Brennan
On Jan. 15, the next phase of Canada’s anti-spam law comes into effect but will businesses that provide software services be ready to ask for all the documentation required?
Monday, 15 December 2014 00:08

Plugged in to the boutique approach

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_2014_December_TopB-Opener.jpgEven before Canada’s immigration laws became more complicated earlier this year thanks to a series of changes to the temporary foreign worker rules, Robert Piasentin was using specialized immigration law boutique firms to help the company he works for navigate the often perplexing world of immigration law. “We’ve had to do a lot of cross-border resourcing because we have projects in Canada and the U.S. and to a lesser degree overseas as well,” explains Piasentin, general counsel for Vancouver, B.C.-based IT consulting firm Sierra Systems.
Monday, 15 December 2014 00:08

The rise of the virtual GC

I suppose by the nature of what they do in-house counsel are more inclined to have an entrepreneurial spirit. In the last year I’ve met a growing list of lawyers who have considered their general counsel experience, recognized that the changing marketplace is going to reward the nimble and independent, and seized their next opportunity.
Monday, 15 December 2014 00:00

Serving up a strong brew of a deal

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_2014_December_IH_Dec_WebCover.jpgThere’s nothing like an unsolicited takeover bid to shake up one’s summer, but when you head up the legal team at Canada’s most iconic fast-food brands it brings with it more than the usual set of merger and acquisition-related challenges.
‘This legislation proposed is terrible,’ says Brian Radnoff.
‘This legislation proposed is terrible,’ says Brian Radnoff.
The province of Ontario is trying once again to introduce legislation to stop litigation brought to stifle opposition to issues of public interest.
Monday, 01 December 2014 11:15

The in-house whisperer

Judith McKay has been working with the senior team at the firm enhancing its client feedback processes.
Judith McKay has been working with the senior team at the firm enhancing its client feedback processes.
Judith McKay may have started a trend a year ago when she left DuPont as general counsel to return to a Bay Street law firm. Since then a number of in-house lawyers have returned to private practice in a variety of client development roles, but in McKay’s case she is McCarthy Tétrault LLP’s point person in what has become a battle ground for business.
Former Second Cup GC Dan Caldarone had one big client in tow when he decided to start his own practice.
Former Second Cup GC Dan Caldarone had one big client in tow when he decided to start his own practice.
Five months ago, Second Cup’s general counsel Dan Caldarone was faced with an opportunity. Should he stay with the company following a significant restructuring, or go out on his own? He wanted to do both, so together with executive leadership he found a way to make it happen.
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