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Around the issue of privilege, companies must decide what the ultimate purpose of the report is going to be, says Michelle Henry.
Around the issue of privilege, companies must decide what the ultimate purpose of the report is going to be, says Michelle Henry.
When it comes to the protection of privilege around internal investigations, in-house counsel need to stickhandle the issue carefully especially in light of some recent cases on both sides of the border.
Monday, 20 April 2015 08:00

Be your own cheerleader

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_Standard_photos_F.Garcia.jpgPeople expect most lawyers to be type A personalities. The assumption is the lawyer will be the loudest person in the room, the person not afraid to speak up when necessary and, most importantly, the person who looks for the spotlight in every occasion. However, the reality is often very different than the expectation.
Monday, 13 April 2015 08:00

Disrupting or just evolving?

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Cost pressures are the largest motivators for new ideas in the legal business.
Cost pressures are the largest motivators for new ideas in the legal business.
Corporate law departments under pressure to cut costs may be the main driver behind a revolution in the provision of legal services, but when it comes to innovation they may be hamstrung by their own lack of budgets to pull it off themselves.
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_Standard_photos_renato-pontello.jpgIn-house counsel play an important role in ensuring their clients exercise appropriate corporate governance — “appropriate” being the operative word. Applying big company practices holus bolus to start-ups and small- to medium-sized enterprises can be as inappropriate as shooting from the hip and ignoring tried and true governance practices which have benefited companies as they have scaled.
Anand Hariharan only had to pay the OSC back half of the 623-per-cent profit he made.
Anand Hariharan only had to pay the OSC back half of the 623-per-cent profit he made.
A Mississauga, Ont., man has settled with the Ontario Securities Commission over trading on a tip from a friend that netted him a 623-per-cent profit in one day, even though the company wasn’t a reporting issuer in Ontario.
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_2015_March_Screen-Shot-2015-03-26-at-4.jpgIt may not be in its final hour, but more and more lawyers are conceding the billable hour is being put in its “proper place” and is in steady decline.
Dan Revington is one of a handful of in-house and public sector lawyers running in the LSUC bencher election this year.
Dan Revington is one of a handful of in-house and public sector lawyers running in the LSUC bencher election this year.
While almost 100 lawyers have put their name forward to run for bencher of the Law Society of Upper Canada, only a handful of those are in-house or public sector lawyers.
Monday, 16 March 2015 08:00

Our voice, our solutions

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_Standard_photos_F.Garcia.jpgBased on statistics, a career in law was not in the cards for me. I arrived in Canada at the age of nine from Uruguay. English was not my first language. I attended several high schools in the Jane-Finch area in Toronto. I spent some time away from school before returning to get my high school accreditation. I did not have role models in the profession or a network of legal professionals to encourage me and show me that a career in law was possible for me.
One trend driving M&A is disposition of non-core assets, says Craig Hoskins.
One trend driving M&A is disposition of non-core assets, says Craig Hoskins.
Despite what seems like an uncertain economy rocked by declining oil prices and regulatory impediments to cross-border transactions, Canadian merger and acquisitions are expected to increase in the next 12 months, according to a new study.
Lisa Chamzuk says the penalties are not ‘designed to punish but to encourage compliance.’
Lisa Chamzuk says the penalties are not ‘designed to punish but to encourage compliance.’
Almost a year after coming into force, the CRTC has issued its first fine and notice of violation under Canada’s anti-spam rules to a Quebec company it says was in “flagrant” violation of the law.
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