Written by Gail J. Cohen Posted Date: March 4th, 2009
Stuart “Kip” Cobbett is the chief operating officer and Montreal managing partner of 500-lawyer Stikeman Elliott LLP. His firm has recently become involved in a UN program with 14 other corporate law firms from around the world that are looking to identify whether and how national corporate law principles and practices foster corporate cultures respectful of human rights. He also talks to Canadian Lawyer about business and the current economic situation.
Andrew Tremayne is the managing partner of Ottawa labour and employment law boutique Emond Harnden. Since the firm’s inception in 1987, it has grown from three to 24 lawyers. He talks to Canadian Lawyer about how the largest boutique of its kind in the nation’s capital goes from strength to strength.
Written by C. Graham, W. King and Nick G. Pasquino Posted Date: January 19th, 2009
Lawyers advising directors and corporate directors will take some comfort in the recent decision of the Supreme Court of Canada in BCE Inc. v. 1976 Debentureholders, which affirmed that Canadian corporate directors owe a fiduciary duty to act in the best interest of the corporations they serve, and not to any other stakeholders.
Based in Montreal, Guy Tremblay is national co-managing partner of Heenan Blaikie. At 62, Tremblay has been practising law for 37 years and has seen a lot of change. He talks about managing a firm of 480 lawyers and the value it places on creative individuals, part of what has made the firm one of Canadian Business magazine’s Top 50 Best Places to Work in Canada.
Governor General Michaëlle Jean’s agreement to allow Prime Minister Stephen Harper to prorogue Parliament last week may have created a dangerous precedent for future governments, says University of Ottawa law professor Errol Mendes.
Wayne Kerrick is the managing partner of Gowlings' two Ottawa offices –– one in the downtown core and another in suburban Katana –– that boast 170 professionals including both lawyers and patent and trademark agents. Kerrick, whose practice focuses primarily on real estate, secured lending and mortgage enforcement, talks to Canadian Lawyer about practising law in Ottawa and how the scene has changed since he was called to the bar in 1989.