Jennifer Brown

Jennifer Brown

Jennifer Brown is the editor of Canadian Lawyer InHouse.
SCC decision means: “Basically, you can’t dismiss someone on a without-cause basis. The employee has a substantive right to challenge their dismissal now — that’s been reconfirmed,” says lawyer Stacey Ball.
SCC decision means: “Basically, you can’t dismiss someone on a without-cause basis. The employee has a substantive right to challenge their dismissal now — that’s been reconfirmed,” says lawyer Stacey Ball.
In a dramatic reversal, last week the Supreme Court overturned what had been called a “game-changing” decision by the Federal Court of Appeal and ruled that non-unionized employees of federally regulated businesses are entitled to similar protections against dismissal as those afforded to unionized workers.
In the fourth and final video from the 11th Annual General Counsel Roundtable sponsored by WeirFoulds LLP, in-house counsel from PayPal Canada, Alterna Savings, Dell Canada, Randstad Canada and Navistar Canada discuss their views using RFPs with external law firms.


Monday, 11 July 2016 06:32

Preparing for Brexit’s bumpy ride

Bennett Jones lawyer Matthew Kronby says there’s “a lot of goodwill” to bring the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement into force, even if ratification is complicated by the Brexit vote.
Bennett Jones lawyer Matthew Kronby says there’s “a lot of goodwill” to bring the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement into force, even if ratification is complicated by the Brexit vote.
It’s too early to know the full impact Brexit will have on Canadian companies with operations abroad, but lawyers say it’s not too early to consider and start planning for the ramifications for businesses here. 
In the third of four videos from the 11th Annual General Counsel Roundtable sponsored by WeirFoulds LLP, the participants discuss their experiences with alternative fee arrangements.
In the first of four videos from the 11th Annual General Counsel Roundtable sponsored by WeirFoulds LLP, the participants talk about managing their departments during lean times.
Monday, 27 June 2016 09:00

Driving change

Driving changeFor a number of years now, we’ve all read and heard about the growth of the in-house legal department. The banks and telcos led this charge, steadily increasing their legal headcount as they discovered the value of having more lawyers employed internally to handle a variety of matters, especially the growing regulatory burden.
Monday, 27 June 2016 09:00

Narrowing the roster

Narrowing the rosterAs 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.
Monday, 27 June 2016 09:00

Making informed choices

When it comes to legal services procurement, there are still some in the in-house world who balk at the idea that legal services can be procured in the same way as widgets. I get that, but more and more, traditional procurement approaches and tools are being used in large organizations to determine how external legal providers are chosen. It’s hard to ignore the effectiveness when you consider the questions asked.
Speakers at the Legal Leaders for Diversity annual meeting (Ken Fredeen, Deloitte, Kathleen Lickers, Simon Fish, BMO) discuss how to increase Canadian’s engagement with Indigenous’ issues.
Speakers at the Legal Leaders for Diversity annual meeting (Ken Fredeen, Deloitte, Kathleen Lickers, Simon Fish, BMO) discuss how to increase Canadian’s engagement with Indigenous’ issues.
A Six Nations lawyer whose grandfather was the first registered Aboriginal lawyer in Ontario is challenging the in-house bar to ensure it is doing all it can to give indigenous people equal access to opportunities in the corporate sector.
Lorenzo Lisi says given the nature of some high-profile investigations like the Jian Ghomeshi case and legislation in Ontario, it shouldn’t seem unusual for the union to request an investigation.
Lorenzo Lisi says given the nature of some high-profile investigations like the Jian Ghomeshi case and legislation in Ontario, it shouldn’t seem unusual for the union to request an investigation.
Is a third-party investigation always necessary or can an organization safely rely on an internal examination of events when an incident rooted in the workplace rocks an entire group of employees?
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