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Tuesday, 29 December 2015 09:01

View 2016: Agents of Change

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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

New grounds for litigating

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New grounds for litigatingDefence lawyers are grappling with how to wrap their minds around the implications of a recent ruling that could mean costly and drawn-out litigation for companies faced with environmental damage lawsuits brought by aboriginal communities.
Tuesday, 29 December 2015 09:00

Rhetoric shifts, but pension plans stay on course

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Rhetoric shifts, but pension plans stay on courseThis time last year, the Conservative federal government was entirely deaf to calls from unions and certain provincial governments to boost the Canada Pension Plan and increase benefits for retirees. How things change. Now that the Liberals are back in power, CPP enhancement is back on the table. So what’s in store for the national pension plan? And what does the change in government mean for the one and only provincial system, the soon-to-be-implemented Ontario Registered Pension Plan?
Tuesday, 29 December 2015 09:00

Building a better RFP

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Building a better RFPIssuing a request for proposal for external legal services is becoming more commonplace — and it’s no longer the domain of government or health-care organizations.
Tuesday, 29 December 2015 09:00

Campus counsel

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Campus counselWhen Maureen Armstrong became general counsel at York University in July 2014, one of her first challenges was a $20.5-million lawsuit brought against York by eight students  — two who were accidentally shot in the university food court in March 2014 and six others who witnessed the incident.
Tuesday, 29 December 2015 09:00

Copyright in a YouTube world

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Copyright in a YouTube worldIf you have recently scrolled through your Facebook timeline or Twitter feed, you have likely noticed a particular trend: Online content is rapidly moving toward video. The sheer volume of video being created, uploaded, and shared online will significantly change the legal landscape in the world of copyrights and, specifically, fair use.
Tuesday, 29 December 2015 09:00

Here’s to a disruptive 2016

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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.”
Monday, 02 November 2015 09:00

Internal affairs

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Internal affairsWhen the non-governmental organization Transparency International hosted its 16th annual anti-corruption conference in Malaysia in early September, one of its keynote speakers might have seemed, at least on the surface, to be an unusual choice.
Monday, 02 November 2015 09:00

The boutique alternative

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The boutique alternativeWhether it’s to get specialized advice or solve a conflicts issue, in-house counsel are finding boutique law firms often provide the solution when they have a matter requiring external expertise in a range of practice areas and jurisdictions. In fact, our annual Canadian Lawyer Corporate Counsel Survey indicates 72.6 per cent of those who responded said they use the services of boutique law firms.
Monday, 02 November 2015 09:00

Testing the AFA waters

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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?
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