Jennifer Brown

Jennifer Brown

Jennifer Brown is the editor of Canadian Lawyer InHouse.
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.
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_2015_March_Screen-Shot-2015-03-26-at-4.jpgIt may not be in its final hour, but more and more lawyers are conceding the billable hour is being put in its “proper place” and is in steady decline.
Monday, 23 March 2015 08:00

The state of things in Quebec

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_2015_April_Quebec.jpgRegulatory and compliance issues pose challenges for in-house counsel in all provinces these days, but in Quebec corporate lawyers often find they face their own set of challenges. “Considering that Montreal is the third-biggest avionic city in the world after Toulouse and Seattle, export control is a domain that is becoming more and more important in the province of Quebec,” says Daniel Marion, vice president, general counsel, and corporate secretary with Thales Canada. “Compliance is a hot topic, anti-bribery in general, and export control, in particular, for us,” says Marion. “This subject has taken more and more of our time in the last few years and it continues to grow.”
WeirFoulds partner Jill Dougherty and associate Macdonald Allen speak with Canadian Lawyer InHouse editor Jennifer Brown about what the obligations are when dealing with deadlines around access to information requests.  To read and answer all of the questions in this month's quiz, go to the digital edition here.
Monday, 23 March 2015 08:00

Looking to stretch the business muscle

One of the first in-house lawyers I spoke with when I landed in this job more than three years ago was the former general counsel of the Forzani Group, Evan Johnston, after the company was acquired by Canadian Tire. He had recently taken up the role as the first GC for Calgary-based construction company The Churchill Corp. He joined Churchill as vice president and GC and reported directly to the CEO. The lead director at Forzani happened to also be chairman at Churchill and he called Johnston and asked him what he was going to do.
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_2015_April_InHouse-image-for-page-30.gifMore than one quarter of general counsel today are grappling with data breaches and it turns out Canadian in-house lawyers are more willing than their peers around the world to report them.
Dan Revington is one of a handful of in-house and public sector lawyers running in the LSUC bencher election this year.
Dan Revington is one of a handful of in-house and public sector lawyers running in the LSUC bencher election this year.
While almost 100 lawyers have put their name forward to run for bencher of the Law Society of Upper Canada, only a handful of those are in-house or public sector lawyers.
One trend driving M&A is disposition of non-core assets, says Craig Hoskins.
One trend driving M&A is disposition of non-core assets, says Craig Hoskins.
Despite what seems like an uncertain economy rocked by declining oil prices and regulatory impediments to cross-border transactions, Canadian merger and acquisitions are expected to increase in the next 12 months, according to a new study.
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