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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_Standard_photos_fred_krebs_2014.jpgLawyers leave private practice and go in-house for many reasons.
Monday, 27 October 2014 08:00

Data breach disclosure law could bring fines

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Chantal Bernier says bill S-4, which would make data breach notification necessary and introduce fines ‘has it right.’
Chantal Bernier says bill S-4, which would make data breach notification necessary and introduce fines ‘has it right.’
Fines are an established punishment for data breaches south of the border and they could soon be coming to Canada.
Monday, 27 October 2014 08:00

Even the most ethical sometimes cheat a little

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‘When you are acting for a corporation, the organization is the client — not the shareholders, officers, or employees,’ says Edgar Schidt.
‘When you are acting for a corporation, the organization is the client — not the shareholders, officers, or employees,’ says Edgar Schidt.
“There is a little bit of larceny in all of us.”
Cy Tokmakjian, shown here in an undated handout photo, is appealing his 15-year jail sentence imposed in Cuba.
Cy Tokmakjian, shown here in an undated handout photo, is appealing his 15-year jail sentence imposed in Cuba.
A prominent Canadian human rights lawyer will be representing Toronto businessman Cy Tokmakjian, who is currently being held in a Cuban prison for denouncing corruption in that country, in the appeal of a 15-year sentence.
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_Standard_photos_renato-pontello.jpgThe recent outbreak of the Ebola virus should remind employers they are required to provide employees with a workplace free from recognized hazards likely to cause death or serious physical harm. Employers need to create and implement policies and procedures to protect their employees while minimizing their impact on normal business activities.
Diversity panel participants John Mountain, SVP, Legal, NEI Investments; Kate Broer, Dentons LLP, Dorothy Quann, VP GC, Xerox and Bindu Dhaliwal, associate GC BMO & panel moderator.
Diversity panel participants John Mountain, SVP, Legal, NEI Investments; Kate Broer, Dentons LLP, Dorothy Quann, VP GC, Xerox and Bindu Dhaliwal, associate GC BMO & panel moderator.
While some of the largest organizations in Canada have established the business case for embracing diversity in the legal profession, some law firms still aren’t buying into the importance of diversity and inclusion.
Monday, 29 September 2014 08:00

Loss for First Nations at SCC has silver lining

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‘In this case, I maintain that at the Ontario Court of Appeal they actually won a new doctrine that I’ve entitled the doctrine of honourable management in the taking up of treaty lands,’ says Bill Gallagher.
‘In this case, I maintain that at the Ontario Court of Appeal they actually won a new doctrine that I’ve entitled the doctrine of honourable management in the taking up of treaty lands,’ says Bill Gallagher.
The Supreme Court of Canada’s ruling in Grassy Narrows First Nation v. Ontario (Natural Resources) on July 11 ended a dispute that has played out in northern woodlots and in the courts for the last 15 years.
The Competition Bureau is shedding light on the economics tools and techniques it uses when investigating retail mergers.  Photo: Shutterstock
The Competition Bureau is shedding light on the economics tools and techniques it uses when investigating retail mergers. Photo: Shutterstock
Mergers and acquisition lawyers in the retail sector can get a peek into how their next deal might be viewed by the Competition Bureau from an analysis paper issued last week.
Xerox general counsel Don Liu spoke at Hart House in Toronto last week about the importance of diversity in the legal department.
Xerox general counsel Don Liu spoke at Hart House in Toronto last week about the importance of diversity in the legal department.
Law firms who want to do business with Xerox Corp. Ltd. are well advised to complete its survey asking about the diversity of lawyers in their firms. If a firm fails to complete the survey three times, it will be eliminated from Xerox’s roster of legal providers.
Monday, 08 September 2014 09:37

Pre-planning a corporate virtual data room

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_Standard_photos_renato-pontello.jpgThe introduction of virtual data rooms some 10 years ago has had a major effect on shortening deal cycles, increasing valuations, and increasing productivity. They replaced labour-intensive, paper-based due diligence where lawyers, accountants, and executives flew across the globe to complete mergers and acquisitions and loan syndications. Undoubtedly, a lot of trees have also been saved.
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