Jennifer Brown

Jennifer Brown

Jennifer Brown is the editor of Candian Lawyer InHouse.
Monday, 25 August 2014 08:00

Landing the big one

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-4STUDENTS_2014_August_Fall_Issue_4Students_Fall2014Cover.jpgAfter a few weeks of law school Frances Mahon boldly went to professor Alan Young’s office at Osgoode Hall Law School and in her words, “begged him for a job.” His response to her plea was disappointing yet encouraging at the same time. “He said: ‘Come talk to me in the summer when you actually know something and you’re not a baby law student,’” recalls Mahon, who would later that year begin a two-year journey working on one of the most pivotal cases in recent Canadian history.
International trade lawyer John Boscariol
International trade lawyer John Boscariol
Almost a year after Canada and the European Union announced an agreement in principle on the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, a hefty excerpt of the deal was leaked last week raising red flags in the business community.
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In order to tame the documents and processes swirling around them, in-house departments are embracing technology tools as a way to become more efficient and improve relations with other business units.
Response from clients has been mostly surprise, says Peter Carayiannis.
Response from clients has been mostly surprise, says Peter Carayiannis.
It’s not uncommon for clients to do a double take when they open a bill from their law firm, but for those who use Conduit Law Professional Corp., any shock and awe over last month’s invoice wasn’t because of the amount due — it was probably about the line inviting them to change the price.
It won’t change or strengthen any laws around executive compensation but a recent decision from the Ontario Court of Appeal should have boards giving sober second thought to how they grant big bonuses and golden parachutes to top executives.
Tyler Langdon has left McCain Foods to establish a presence for Cognition LLP in Atlantic Canada.
Tyler Langdon has left McCain Foods to establish a presence for Cognition LLP in Atlantic Canada.
After eight years as in-house counsel at McCain Foods Ltd., Tyler Langdon has left the company to establish an Atlantic Canadian presence for alternative legal services provider Cognition LLP.
Hospitals should ensure staff are properly trained and know what is inappropriate conduct.
Hospitals should ensure staff are properly trained and know what is inappropriate conduct.
The lawyer for plaintiffs pursuing a class action against Toronto’s Rouge Valley Centenary says recent privacy breach cases helped inform the $412-million lawsuit.
Monday, 30 June 2014 10:55

A return to firm life

Av Maharaj, former vice president and chief counsel at Kellogg has moved into an of counsel position at Faskens. Photo: Sandra Strangemore
Av Maharaj, former vice president and chief counsel at Kellogg has moved into an of counsel position at Faskens. Photo: Sandra Strangemore
It’s not often you see in-house lawyers return to the law firm fold, but two recent examples show experienced lawyers are finding new opportunities as outside counsel.
'Sophie' and her fellow robots are designed to pre-screen job candidates and record applicant’s physiological responses.  Photo: La Trobe University Bulletin
'Sophie' and her fellow robots are designed to pre-screen job candidates and record applicant’s physiological responses. Photo: La Trobe University Bulletin
Consider this: A robot that conducts job interviews and collects data on applicants based not just on the person’s answers but their physiological responses. It’s not science fiction — robots and artificial intelligence could be the next frontier in labour and employment law.
Monday, 16 June 2014 08:00

Defining roles

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_2014_June_shutterstock_152657705.jpgWhen it comes to related-party transactions, are the roles of in-house counsel, audit committees, and external lawyers always clearly defined?
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