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‘The speed of business for us is getting faster and so having silos of information does not work,’ says Nathalie Clark.
‘The speed of business for us is getting faster and so having silos of information does not work,’ says Nathalie Clark.
At 4:30 p.m. every day, you will find Nathalie Clark conducting a huddle with her legal team at Capital One Canada in Toronto. They review the work of the day and any new requests for assistance from the business units.
Monday, 15 June 2015 08:00

How low can it go?

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David Dodge is predicting a slow recovery with Alberta weaker than the Canadian average for the rest of 2015-16.
David Dodge is predicting a slow recovery with Alberta weaker than the Canadian average for the rest of 2015-16.
As the economy in Alberta continues to languish, some companies in the resource sector are doing opportunistic prospecting to see if they can strike a deal with a needy seller, but are they ready to bite?
Monday, 15 June 2015 08:00

Finding the path to an in-house career

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_Standard_photos_F.Garcia.jpgThe most common question I hear from junior lawyers is “what can I do to make the transition into an in-house role?”
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_Standard_photos_renato-pontello.jpgThe advent of the digital revolution drove tremendous growth in both the pace and breadth of communications. With it came added complexity in the business world, in the form of greater and more challenging cross-border issues, fiercer competition, and more regulation as well as deleveraging of notable industries.
Lawyers will gather in Sherbrooke this month to consider next steps towards a proposed $300-million settlement in the Lac-Mégantic disaster.  File photo: Mathieu Belanger/Reuters
Lawyers will gather in Sherbrooke this month to consider next steps towards a proposed $300-million settlement in the Lac-Mégantic disaster. File photo: Mathieu Belanger/Reuters
Almost two years after a tragic train derailment and explosion hit the small town of Lac-Mégantic, Que., lawyers are set to gather in a Sherbrooke court this month to consider next steps towards a proposed $300-million settlement.
Seven Guatemalans are seeking damages for injuries allegedly suffered in an incident at the Escobal Mine in 2013.
Seven Guatemalans are seeking damages for injuries allegedly suffered in an incident at the Escobal Mine in 2013.
A Vancouver-based mining company is arguing that protesters hurt outside one of their subsidiary locations in Guatemala in 2013 should not be able to sue them in Canada for injuries sustained during that protest.
Lyndsay Wasser says there is generally a lack of understanding by employers as to how privacy laws apply to their workers.
Lyndsay Wasser says there is generally a lack of understanding by employers as to how privacy laws apply to their workers.
In an effort to boost information security levels and impress its new mayor, a municipality in British Columbia learned the hard way that employee privacy trumps security.
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_Standard_photos_F.Garcia.jpgIt used to be a common understanding in the legal community that the road toward an in-house position required that you first pay your dues within a law firm as an articling student and then as an associate. This was seen as the only way of learning to apply the law and slowly understanding what the client needed and how the lawyer was able to meet these needs.
Going paperless made tracking invoicing more efficient and effective.
Going paperless made tracking invoicing more efficient and effective.
Tracking law firm invoices can be a time consuming task for any legal department, but especially so when you’re managing the legal affairs of a pharmaceutical company with many external providers. Catching mistakes can be a challenge, but reviewing each bill in an efficient way is critical to getting a real handle on legal spending.
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_Standard_photos_renato-pontello.jpgIn the wake of the corporate scandals in the late 1990s and early 2000s involving misappropriation of resources, bribery, fraud, breach of fiduciary duties, and other such shenanigans, there was a large public outcry on the part of shareholders, the media, the regulators, the government, and other community stakeholders asking “where were in-house counsel, were they asleep at the wheel?”
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