Jennifer Brown

Jennifer Brown

Jennifer Brown is the editor of Canadian Lawyer InHouse.
‘The bigger issue is what is the reasonable standard of conduct a proponent should expect from a Crown decision-maker, period,’ says Thomas Isaac.
‘The bigger issue is what is the reasonable standard of conduct a proponent should expect from a Crown decision-maker, period,’ says Thomas Isaac.
An Ontario Superior Court judge has dismissed a $110-million claim launched by a junior mining exploration company against the province of Ontario for breach of duty of care on the duty to consult, but the inherent question in the case will likely rise again, say experts.
Monday, 06 June 2016 09:00

IP back to the future

Illustration: Carl Wiens, 121 Art
Illustration: Carl Wiens, 121 Art
In the realm of traditional or cultural knowledge, is there an argument to be made that current intellectual property conventions don’t go far enough? Is there also an argument to be made that economically there is a need to reframe the way we view protection of knowledge from the past?
BMO’s Simon Fish says the OnRamp program will resonate with many in-house departments and their GCs.
BMO’s Simon Fish says the OnRamp program will resonate with many in-house departments and their GCs.
As the legal profession continues to grapple with how to retain women in the profession, a program aimed at helping them return after a prolonged time away is now launching in Canada.
‘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.
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