Jennifer Brown

Jennifer Brown

Jennifer Brown is the editor of Canadian Lawyer InHouse.
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?
‘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.
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