Jennifer Brown

Jennifer Brown

Jennifer Brown is the editor of Canadian Lawyer InHouse.
‘Legal project management is key for us,’ says Shell Canada Ltd.’s Gordon McCue.
‘Legal project management is key for us,’ says Shell Canada Ltd.’s Gordon McCue.
As the energy sector braces for a “lower for longer” oil price environment, companies like Shell are looking for ways to find efficiencies and cut external legal costs.
Survey shows diversity delivers 25 per cent higher share of spend
Survey shows diversity delivers 25 per cent higher share of spend
Gender drives different buying behaviours in-house, according to a new survey that looks at the influence diversity has on the legal market, and the gap in pay for women.
 Thomas Warren, partner Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP, Suzanne Hathaway, vice president, general counsel Keyera Corp., and Charmaine Toms, general counsel, MNP LLP.
Thomas Warren, partner Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP, Suzanne Hathaway, vice president, general counsel Keyera Corp., and Charmaine Toms, general counsel, MNP LLP.
How do you get an audience of in-house counsel involved in a discussion? Bring up the management of spiralling litigation spending.
Monday, 02 May 2016 09:00

Life after in-house

Life after in-houseWhen the $6.8-billion takeover of Canadian Oil Sands was complete, the company’s senior vice president and general counsel Trudy Curran put down her smartphone and started thinking about her next career move. She knew it wasn’t going to be to another job in-house.
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.
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