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Pulling off successful meetings in your in-house law departmentOne of the most painful yet underestimated problems of modern business is bad meetings. If not properly structured, meetings can be demotivating, alienating and unproductive.    
Monday, 19 September 2016 09:00

Lessons from the Innovatio Awards

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Lessons from the Innovatio AwardsThe role of in-house counsel has changed dramatically over the last decade. Although at first it was a cost-saving strategy to bring external legal counsel in-house at lower rates, today’s in-house counsel bring much more value than just cost savings — they play a critical strategic role within their organization. The strategic value of in-house counsel was put on display at the recent Innovatio Awards. These awards, hosted by Thomson Reuters and Canadian Lawyer magazine, recognize and reward the attributes that make in-house counsel a key strategic player: the ability to establish the processes, programs and policies that allow clients to do things better, faster and more efficiently, with less risk and liability. 
The student’s perspective: What I learned in-house this summerAs the summer draws to an end, so does the placement of another summer student within our legal department. We have been very lucky to have very high-calibre law and articling students through our summer program and through the Law Practice Program.
Anti-bribery legislation and the role of general counselReporting on recent cases in Canada involving the levying of significant fines and debarment of companies demonstrated to have participated in the bribing of foreign public officials has highlighted the need for general counsel to play a central role as far as prevention goes. This usually entails obtaining management and board buy-in, drafting appropriate anti-corruption policies, awareness and training and ongoing monitoring and reporting. 
When asked what metrics were being used, in-house leaders told Acritas the area they measure most is spend at 33 per cent with internal client satisfaction much lower on the list.
When asked what metrics were being used, in-house leaders told Acritas the area they measure most is spend at 33 per cent with internal client satisfaction much lower on the list.
According to a recent survey by Acritas, 25 per cent of legal departments in large organizations have no metrics to measure the value they deliver to the organizations they serve, and those who do are primarily focusing metrics on costs.
SCC decision means: “Basically, you can’t dismiss someone on a without-cause basis. The employee has a substantive right to challenge their dismissal now — that’s been reconfirmed,” says lawyer Stacey Ball.
SCC decision means: “Basically, you can’t dismiss someone on a without-cause basis. The employee has a substantive right to challenge their dismissal now — that’s been reconfirmed,” says lawyer Stacey Ball.
In a dramatic reversal, last week the Supreme Court overturned what had been called a “game-changing” decision by the Federal Court of Appeal and ruled that non-unionized employees of federally regulated businesses are entitled to similar protections against dismissal as those afforded to unionized workers.
Monday, 18 July 2016 09:00

The international lawyer’s dilemma

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The international lawyer’s dilemmaAt this time of the year, it is very common to start receiving calls from law students seeking last minute articling positions. There are often many reasons as to why these students have been unable to secure a role.
Monday, 11 July 2016 06:32

Preparing for Brexit’s bumpy ride

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Bennett Jones lawyer Matthew Kronby says there’s “a lot of goodwill” to bring the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement into force, even if ratification is complicated by the Brexit vote.
Bennett Jones lawyer Matthew Kronby says there’s “a lot of goodwill” to bring the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement into force, even if ratification is complicated by the Brexit vote.
It’s too early to know the full impact Brexit will have on Canadian companies with operations abroad, but lawyers say it’s not too early to consider and start planning for the ramifications for businesses here. 
General counsel should be more involved in board member selectionWhile a general counsel spends most of his or her time providing legal support directly to the senior management team and the board, ultimately, the client is the corporation. 
Directors’ liability for statutory breaches: lifting the corporate veilCanadian law has always recognized the separate identity between a corporation and its directors. Only in very limited circumstances will a court pierce the corporate veil to hold a director personally liable for corporate wrongs. For example, a director may be responsible for individual tortious conduct that causes the plaintiff injury.
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