Jennifer Brown

Jennifer Brown

Jennifer Brown is the editor of Canadian Lawyer InHouse.
Thursday, 08 September 2016 22:00

Meet our in-house superstars

It’s been five years since I started in this job, writing about the challenges and successes of in-house counsel across Canada. While it seems to have flown by, I have noted the remarkable change that has happened in that short time in the way legal departments are becoming incubators for change in an effort to improve the lives of their clients and the organizations for which they work.
When asked what metrics were being used, in-house leaders told Acritas the area they measure most is spend at 33 per cent with internal client satisfaction much lower on the list.
When asked what metrics were being used, in-house leaders told Acritas the area they measure most is spend at 33 per cent with internal client satisfaction much lower on the list.
According to a recent survey by Acritas, 25 per cent of legal departments in large organizations have no metrics to measure the value they deliver to the organizations they serve, and those who do are primarily focusing metrics on costs.
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.
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