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 Written by Stefan Dubowski
This 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?
If 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.
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.”
Whether 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.