Jennifer Brown

Jennifer Brown

Jennifer Brown is the editor of Canadian Lawyer InHouse.
In the first of four videos from the Canadian Lawyer InHouse View 2016 series, sponsored by Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, Marni Dicker, EVP, general counsel & corporate secretary at Infrastructure Ontario talks about the major transit projects her legal department is working on next year and why communications reports to the legal department.

Tuesday, 29 December 2015 09:01

View 2016: Agents of Change

View 2016: Agents of Change

View 2016: Agents of ChangeChris Hoeschen may well have the coolest job in-house these days. From the offices of UrtheCast Corp. on Vancouver’s picturesque waterfront, he is leading the small legal team assembled for the Earth-observation imagery and services startup as the company prepares to expand internationally in a sector that was once just the domain of military and government players.
Tuesday, 29 December 2015 09:00

Here’s to a disruptive 2016

Every year when we speak to in-house counsel for our View interview series, they inevitably talk about the growing complexity of regulatory demands, especially in sectors such as banking where doing business in multiple jurisdictions presents its own challenges. As Philip Moore of TD Bank told me: “We’re one bank, but we have very separate regulatory regimes in place.”
Is CHCH newsroom now operated by ‘related employer?’Newsroom staff suddenly let go from their jobs at a Hamilton, Ont., television station may still be able to get severance from their former employer even though it declared bankruptcy.
Monday, 07 December 2015 09:00

The art and science of legal bill review

Legal bills often require clarification or explanation so reviewing them is key, says Dean Scaletta.
Legal bills often require clarification or explanation so reviewing them is key, says Dean Scaletta.
The mystery and minutiae behind law firm legal bills are things in-house counsel love to rant about, but those who have frequently been burned are finding ways to get clarity.
Infrastructure Ontario’s GC Marni Dicker was among the lawyers honoured in this year’s Women’s Executive Network Top 100 awards. Photo: Sandra Strangemore
Infrastructure Ontario’s GC Marni Dicker was among the lawyers honoured in this year’s Women’s Executive Network Top 100 awards. Photo: Sandra Strangemore
Lawyers from banking, the public and private sector, and law firms were well represented in this year’s list of Canada’s 100 Most Powerful Women.
Monday, 23 November 2015 09:00

Managing crises in a franchise situation

The choice of spokesperson or persons is an important issue that should be contemplated and planned well before a crisis hits. Photo: Shutterstock
The choice of spokesperson or persons is an important issue that should be contemplated and planned well before a crisis hits. Photo: Shutterstock
When it comes to a crisis, companies with franchises spread across the country and around the world may have a tougher time managing the message.
Monday, 16 November 2015 09:00

Testing the AFA waters

Testing the AFA watersIf it seems like everywhere you go these days someone is talking about alternative fee arrangements, you’re not alone. It’s been a popular topic at legal conferences and workshops for a few years now, but have they really taken off? And what exactly is an AFA — do flat fees or discounts count?
Immigration lawyers such as Paul Hesse hope the new Liberal government will address hurdles created by the temporary foreign worker program.
Immigration lawyers such as Paul Hesse hope the new Liberal government will address hurdles created by the temporary foreign worker program.
While the new federal Liberal government is working to quickly address the Syrian refugee crisis, immigration lawyers hope it will also tackle hurdles around temporary foreign workers, work permits, and the backlog of requests for labour market impact assessments.
Monday, 16 November 2015 09:00

November/December - Testing the AFA waters

November/December - Testing the AFA watersThe annual Canadian Lawyer Corporate Counsel survey shows alternative fee arrangements are out there,  but in-house are the ones primarily driving the conversation.
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