Jennifer Brown

Jennifer Brown

Jennifer Brown is the editor of Candian Lawyer InHouse.
Monday, 15 December 2014 00:08

Plugged in to the boutique approach

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_2014_December_TopB-Opener.jpgEven before Canada’s immigration laws became more complicated earlier this year thanks to a series of changes to the temporary foreign worker rules, Robert Piasentin was using specialized immigration law boutique firms to help the company he works for navigate the often perplexing world of immigration law. “We’ve had to do a lot of cross-border resourcing because we have projects in Canada and the U.S. and to a lesser degree overseas as well,” explains Piasentin, general counsel for Vancouver, B.C.-based IT consulting firm Sierra Systems.
Monday, 15 December 2014 00:08

The rise of the virtual GC

I suppose by the nature of what they do in-house counsel are more inclined to have an entrepreneurial spirit. In the last year I’ve met a growing list of lawyers who have considered their general counsel experience, recognized that the changing marketplace is going to reward the nimble and independent, and seized their next opportunity.
Monday, 15 December 2014 00:00

Serving up a strong brew of a deal

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_2014_December_IH_Dec_WebCover.jpgThere’s nothing like an unsolicited takeover bid to shake up one’s summer, but when you head up the legal team at Canada’s most iconic fast-food brands it brings with it more than the usual set of merger and acquisition-related challenges.
‘This legislation proposed is terrible,’ says Brian Radnoff.
‘This legislation proposed is terrible,’ says Brian Radnoff.
The province of Ontario is trying once again to introduce legislation to stop litigation brought to stifle opposition to issues of public interest.
Monday, 01 December 2014 11:15

The in-house whisperer

Judith McKay has been working with the senior team at the firm enhancing its client feedback processes.
Judith McKay has been working with the senior team at the firm enhancing its client feedback processes.
Judith McKay may have started a trend a year ago when she left DuPont as general counsel to return to a Bay Street law firm. Since then a number of in-house lawyers have returned to private practice in a variety of client development roles, but in McKay’s case she is McCarthy Tétrault LLP’s point person in what has become a battle ground for business.
Former Second Cup GC Dan Caldarone had one big client in tow when he decided to start his own practice.
Former Second Cup GC Dan Caldarone had one big client in tow when he decided to start his own practice.
Five months ago, Second Cup’s general counsel Dan Caldarone was faced with an opportunity. Should he stay with the company following a significant restructuring, or go out on his own? He wanted to do both, so together with executive leadership he found a way to make it happen.
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_2014_November_CorpSurvey-HandsOpener1.jpgThe annual Canadian Lawyer Corporate Counsel Survey shows in-house counsel have an open mind to alternative fee arrangements, but do they really know how to get better value?
Monday, 17 November 2014 00:08

Bitter battle brewing over coffee cup format

Davit Akman says there may be questions about whether statements made by Club Coffee amount to defamation.
Davit Akman says there may be questions about whether statements made by Club Coffee amount to defamation.
In a move some competition lawyers say is “odd,” Club Coffee has filed a formal complaint with the Competition Bureau of Canada asking for an investigation of coffee company Keurig Green Mountain alleging it has created a monopoly and driven up prices in the K-cup format of single hot beverages.
Monday, 17 November 2014 00:08

Seeking alternative arrangements

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_2014_November_CorpSurvey-HandsOpener1.jpgThe momentum has been growing slowly for years but it seems in-house counsel are ready and want to trade in the billable hour model for something more progressive. Responses to the 2014 Canadian Lawyer Corporate Counsel Survey indicate there is a growing interest within the in-house bar to changing the conversation when it comes to negotiating billing options with external law firms.
Some scholars say anti-corruption laws in Canada and the United States are too transaction focused and fail to look at the system as a whole.
Brazil has introduced many laws to combat anti-corruption but without much effect, notes Mariana Prado.
Brazil has introduced many laws to combat anti-corruption but without much effect, notes Mariana Prado.
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