Jennifer Brown

Jennifer Brown

Jennifer Brown is the editor of Canadian Lawyer InHouse.
In the first of four videos from the general counsel roundtable, moderated by Jennifer Brown and sponsored by Langlois Kronström Desjardins, the participants discuss how they approach the relationship with external counsel.
WeirFoulds partner Nikiforos Iatrou and associate Graham Brown speak with Canadian Lawyer InHouse editor Jennifer Brown about the Competition Bureau's cracks down on bid-rigging in the construction industry. To read and answer all of the questions in this month's quiz, go to the digital edition here.
Monday, 29 June 2015 08:01

The overseers of the enterprise

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_2015_July_IH_July_2015-Cover.jpgFor our 10th annual InHouse Annual General Counsel Roundtable we went to the great city of Montreal where five experienced corporate counsel, who clearly love their work and are passionate about the role they play in enabling business, discussed at length the issues that consume their days and what makes for strong external law firm relationships.
In early May, this headline from Australasian Lawyer arrived in my inbox (and I wasn’t terribly surprised): “Alternative fees ‘a failure,’ say in-house lawyers.”
Monday, 29 June 2015 08:00

Managing between waves

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_2015_July_Western.jpgAsk those in the oil patch how things are these days and they will probably take a deep breath and pause before launching into a careful answer that goes something like this: Things are “OK” but it’s a different time indeed. All those projects that were in play a year ago may now be on hold or being restructured. For their colleagues in Canada’s North, their work towards developing and renewing infrastructure continues to be a challenge but one they love.
Monday, 29 June 2015 08:00

Achieving invoice clarity

Robert Shapiro, senior global lead patent attorney, Apotex Inc.
Robert Shapiro, senior global lead patent attorney, Apotex Inc.
Tracking law firm invoices can be a time consuming task for any legal department, but especially so when you’re managing the legal affairs of a pharmaceutical company with many external providers. Catching mistakes can be a challenge, but reviewing each bill in an efficient way is critical to getting a real handle on legal spending.
‘The speed of business for us is getting faster and so having silos of information does not work,’ says Nathalie Clark.
‘The speed of business for us is getting faster and so having silos of information does not work,’ says Nathalie Clark.
At 4:30 p.m. every day, you will find Nathalie Clark conducting a huddle with her legal team at Capital One Canada in Toronto. They review the work of the day and any new requests for assistance from the business units.
Monday, 15 June 2015 08:00

How low can it go?

David Dodge is predicting a slow recovery with Alberta weaker than the Canadian average for the rest of 2015-16.
David Dodge is predicting a slow recovery with Alberta weaker than the Canadian average for the rest of 2015-16.
As the economy in Alberta continues to languish, some companies in the resource sector are doing opportunistic prospecting to see if they can strike a deal with a needy seller, but are they ready to bite?
Lawyers will gather in Sherbrooke this month to consider next steps towards a proposed $300-million settlement in the Lac-Mégantic disaster.  File photo: Mathieu Belanger/Reuters
Lawyers will gather in Sherbrooke this month to consider next steps towards a proposed $300-million settlement in the Lac-Mégantic disaster. File photo: Mathieu Belanger/Reuters
Almost two years after a tragic train derailment and explosion hit the small town of Lac-Mégantic, Que., lawyers are set to gather in a Sherbrooke court this month to consider next steps towards a proposed $300-million settlement.
Seven Guatemalans are seeking damages for injuries allegedly suffered in an incident at the Escobal Mine in 2013.
Seven Guatemalans are seeking damages for injuries allegedly suffered in an incident at the Escobal Mine in 2013.
A Vancouver-based mining company is arguing that protesters hurt outside one of their subsidiary locations in Guatemala in 2013 should not be able to sue them in Canada for injuries sustained during that protest.
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