Jennifer Brown

Jennifer Brown

Jennifer Brown is the editor of Canadian Lawyer InHouse.
Monday, 25 April 2016 09:00

In the crosshairs

In the crosshairsOn the morning of Oct. 17, 2012, David Potts got up as usual and went to his job as solicitor for the City of Oshawa as if it was any other day. As difficult as it might be for some to understand, it was important to him that he do that — even though the night before he found himself the target of a volatile abduction by a former municipal councillor who had held him at gunpoint for three terrifying hours.
Monday, 25 April 2016 09:00

Why are women earning less?

At the national conference of the Canadian Association of Corporate Counsel in April, it was widely touted that 52 per cent of members are now women. It confirmed what has been known for a while — there is basically a 50/50 split of women and men in the in-house bar.
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Women now make up almost 50 per cent of the in-house bar in Canada but they are still being paid less than their male counterparts, according to a recent survey.
Pierre Magnan, Christopher Wolfenberg, Gulu Punia, and Karen Wyke looked at recurring themes faced by in-house counsel in the current economy. Photo: Jennifer Brown
Pierre Magnan, Christopher Wolfenberg, Gulu Punia, and Karen Wyke looked at recurring themes faced by in-house counsel in the current economy. Photo: Jennifer Brown
CALGARY — With weekly reports of large energy companies with mass layoffs, some are now in the second round that have a great impact on legal departments in Calgary.
Monday, 04 April 2016 09:00

Tightening the customer relationship

David Leonard says the most effective way to deliver legal services may include sending work that isn’t core to Big Law to someone else.
David Leonard says the most effective way to deliver legal services may include sending work that isn’t core to Big Law to someone else.
Law firm success has always been based on building solid relationships with clients, but as he takes on his new role of CEO at one of Canada’s largest law firms, David Leonard knows it needs to go to another level in today’s climate.
Monday, 28 March 2016 09:00

Federal budget targets ‘tax abuses’

‘The budget had a series of measures aimed at specific perceived corporate tax abuses,’ says Pamela Cross.
‘The budget had a series of measures aimed at specific perceived corporate tax abuses,’ says Pamela Cross.
The federal budget will mean more red tape for corporations and the closing of certain tax “loopholes” as the Liberal government aims to clamp down on areas of perceived tax avoidance.
Sana Halwani says the intent of a recent pro bono effort was to achieve some certainty on gene patents.
Sana Halwani says the intent of a recent pro bono effort was to achieve some certainty on gene patents.
A recent settlement reached in Federal Court means the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario and all public hospitals in Canada can license a genetic test for a potentially deadly heart rhythm condition on a not-for-profit basis.
Monday, 07 March 2016 10:11

Lace up, in-house counsel!

Left to right: Ready to shake off winter: Laila Brabander, VP claims, Chubb Insurance; running coach Seanna Robinson of RunningWell Inc., Alena Thouin, general counsel, Alterna Savings; Daniel Bourque, senior corporate counsel, Xerox Canada are training together for the Sporting Life 10K.
Left to right: Ready to shake off winter: Laila Brabander, VP claims, Chubb Insurance; running coach Seanna Robinson of RunningWell Inc., Alena Thouin, general counsel, Alterna Savings; Daniel Bourque, senior corporate counsel, Xerox Canada are training together for the Sporting Life 10K.
While everyone struggles to achieve work-life balance these days, it’s not always easy to get through a day of work and stay active at the same time — especially in the dark days of winter.
David Potts says he accepts his kidnapper’s apology and feels ‘justice was served.’  Photo: Jennifer Brown
David Potts says he accepts his kidnapper’s apology and feels ‘justice was served.’ Photo: Jennifer Brown
Former Oshawa, Ont., councillor Robert Lutczyk has been sentenced to eight years and four months in prison for the 2012 violent kidnapping of the city’s solicitor, David Potts.
Navigating the  legislative and   regulatory  landscapeWhen you are general counsel and corporate secretary for a large staffing company, the current legislative landscape in Ontario can look a little daunting, as Lara Speirs knows all too well.
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