Jennifer Brown

Jennifer Brown

Jennifer Brown is the editor of Canadian Lawyer InHouse.
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.
Lisa Chamzuk says the penalties are not ‘designed to punish but to encourage compliance.’
Lisa Chamzuk says the penalties are not ‘designed to punish but to encourage compliance.’
Almost a year after coming into force, the CRTC has issued its first fine and notice of violation under Canada’s anti-spam rules to a Quebec company it says was in “flagrant” violation of the law.
Maureen Quinlan notes damages through Ontario’s human rights system are on the rise.
Maureen Quinlan notes damages through Ontario’s human rights system are on the rise.
Some groundbreaking decisions in labour and employment law may have some companies wondering what they would do if they were ever hit with a major claim they hadn’t budgeted for — could they foot the bill, not only for any damages awarded by a court, but for the legal costs incurred?
Monday, 02 March 2015 08:00

Grey divorce is all about the math

Illustration: Jeannie Phan
Illustration: Jeannie Phan
A few years ago Steven Benmor found himself in divorce court representing an 82-year-old client seeking to end a long-term marriage. After decades of living with the same man, she was divorcing her abusive husband. “They had fought over the years but this time he hit her and she said ‘screw you’ and went to the police. He was arrested and removed from the home. The children came out of the dark to help her and took sides. That created the divorce,” he says.
Katy Perry’s dancing Super Bowl sharks have become part of an IP battle. Photo: Kirby Lee/USA Today Sports
Katy Perry’s dancing Super Bowl sharks have become part of an IP battle. Photo: Kirby Lee/USA Today Sports
Who knew Katy Perry’s goofy dancing Super Bowl shark would become the focus of an intellectual property battle?
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