Jennifer Brown

Jennifer Brown

Jennifer Brown is the editor of Canadian Lawyer InHouse.
Lyndsay Wasser says there is generally a lack of understanding by employers as to how privacy laws apply to their workers.
Lyndsay Wasser says there is generally a lack of understanding by employers as to how privacy laws apply to their workers.
In an effort to boost information security levels and impress its new mayor, a municipality in British Columbia learned the hard way that employee privacy trumps security.
Going paperless made tracking invoicing more efficient and effective.
Going paperless made tracking invoicing more efficient and effective.
Tracking law firm invoices can be a time consuming task for any legal department, but especially so when you’re managing the legal affairs of a pharmaceutical company with many external providers. Catching mistakes can be a challenge, but reviewing each bill in an efficient way is critical to getting a real handle on legal spending.
Peter Mantas says this case should give the Competition Bureau pause in how it investigates and prosecutes.
Peter Mantas says this case should give the Competition Bureau pause in how it investigates and prosecutes.
A group of Ottawa-based technology providers have won a major victory over the Competition Bureau following an eight-month trial and what is being called one of the biggest bid-rigging cases of its kind in Canadian history.
Brian Beamish says one of his main goals is to help institutions deal with the issue of snooping by health care staff into patient records.
Brian Beamish says one of his main goals is to help institutions deal with the issue of snooping by health care staff into patient records.
Personal health information breaches are on the rise and the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner in Ontario is embarking on an internal review of its processes in this and other areas as cases become more prevalent.
Monday, 04 May 2015 08:00

Carol Baird Ellan’s next chapter

Photo: Kim Stallknecht
Photo: Kim Stallknecht
In her years on the bench, Carol Baird Ellan had a front row seat to the challenges facing the underprivileged in society. Now she wants to try and effect change from a different perch — elected politician. “I have a passion for the justice system. There are things I’d like to see changed there and just looking around me right now things need to change. We’re not doing our bit for the environment and things are becoming unaffordable for youth here — someone needs to do something and I thought I could be that person,” she says.
Monday, 27 April 2015 08:00

Time to pull together

Over the last year or two, it has been interesting to watch as the dialogue on alternative fee arrangements has moved from a push coming from innovative in-house counsel looking to draw law firms into the discussion, to now law firms championing the discussion as a marketing tool.
Monday, 27 April 2015 08:00

Beyond succession planning

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_2015_May_LawDept-Opener.jpgThe things that tended to get a lawyer noticed when they were at a law firm many not necessarily be what gets them promoted in the legal department once they go in-house. Working long hours and driving client satisfaction is part of it, to be sure, but once a lawyer is in a corporate legal function other factors and skill sets come into play in terms of advancement.
Around the issue of privilege, companies must decide what the ultimate purpose of the report is going to be, says Michelle Henry.
Around the issue of privilege, companies must decide what the ultimate purpose of the report is going to be, says Michelle Henry.
When it comes to the protection of privilege around internal investigations, in-house counsel need to stickhandle the issue carefully especially in light of some recent cases on both sides of the border.
Monday, 13 April 2015 08:00

Disrupting or just evolving?

Cost pressures are the largest motivators for new ideas in the legal business.
Cost pressures are the largest motivators for new ideas in the legal business.
Corporate law departments under pressure to cut costs may be the main driver behind a revolution in the provision of legal services, but when it comes to innovation they may be hamstrung by their own lack of budgets to pull it off themselves.
Anand Hariharan only had to pay the OSC back half of the 623-per-cent profit he made.
Anand Hariharan only had to pay the OSC back half of the 623-per-cent profit he made.
A Mississauga, Ont., man has settled with the Ontario Securities Commission over trading on a tip from a friend that netted him a 623-per-cent profit in one day, even though the company wasn’t a reporting issuer in Ontario.
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