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Strategies for managing a global legal departmentGlobal legal departments are challenged by diversity, not only of the individuals who make up the organization but also internal clients, external suppliers, customers, strategic partners, and stakeholders, as well as diversity in the various legal and regulatory regimes and business cultures within which they operate.
Lorenzo Lisi says given the nature of some high-profile investigations like the Jian Ghomeshi case and legislation in Ontario, it shouldn’t seem unusual for the union to request an investigation.
Lorenzo Lisi says given the nature of some high-profile investigations like the Jian Ghomeshi case and legislation in Ontario, it shouldn’t seem unusual for the union to request an investigation.
Is a third-party investigation always necessary or can an organization safely rely on an internal examination of events when an incident rooted in the workplace rocks an entire group of employees?
‘The bigger issue is what is the reasonable standard of conduct a proponent should expect from a Crown decision-maker, period,’ says Thomas Isaac.
‘The bigger issue is what is the reasonable standard of conduct a proponent should expect from a Crown decision-maker, period,’ says Thomas Isaac.
An Ontario Superior Court judge has dismissed a $110-million claim launched by a junior mining exploration company against the province of Ontario for breach of duty of care on the duty to consult, but the inherent question in the case will likely rise again, say experts.
BMO’s Simon Fish says the OnRamp program will resonate with many in-house departments and their GCs.
BMO’s Simon Fish says the OnRamp program will resonate with many in-house departments and their GCs.
As the legal profession continues to grapple with how to retain women in the profession, a program aimed at helping them return after a prolonged time away is now launching in Canada.
‘Legal project management is key for us,’ says Shell Canada Ltd.’s Gordon McCue.
‘Legal project management is key for us,’ says Shell Canada Ltd.’s Gordon McCue.
As the energy sector braces for a “lower for longer” oil price environment, companies like Shell are looking for ways to find efficiencies and cut external legal costs.
Survey shows diversity delivers 25 per cent higher share of spend
Survey shows diversity delivers 25 per cent higher share of spend
Gender drives different buying behaviours in-house, according to a new survey that looks at the influence diversity has on the legal market, and the gap in pay for women.
Profession needs to create opportunities for young lawyersI often hear that millennials are lazy, they want too much too fast, and that they are unwilling to work for their success. I hear this on the street, on the radio, I read it online, and I hear it at social events.
 Thomas Warren, partner Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP, Suzanne Hathaway, vice president, general counsel Keyera Corp., and Charmaine Toms, general counsel, MNP LLP.
Thomas Warren, partner Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP, Suzanne Hathaway, vice president, general counsel Keyera Corp., and Charmaine Toms, general counsel, MNP LLP.
How do you get an audience of in-house counsel involved in a discussion? Bring up the management of spiralling litigation spending.
Post-Panama Papers, how should in-house react?On May 9, a further trove of confidential information from the files of the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca & Co. was released to the web by the hacker(s) who penetrated the firm’s e-mail system. As we all know, the firm’s clients were largely nominees or intermediaries: banks, financial administrators, accountants, etc., who carried out their clients’ bidding via the formation of “shell companies” in foreign tax havens. The creation of the companies and use of intermediaries created an expectation of anonymity. That anonymity was however shattered with the publication of the Panama Papers. They contain the names of the intermediaries, the ultimate beneficiaries, related correspondence and contracts and, most importantly in the case of corporations, the identity of shareholders and directors. 
Monday, 02 May 2016 09:00

Life after in-house

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Life after in-houseWhen the $6.8-billion takeover of Canadian Oil Sands was complete, the company’s senior vice president and general counsel Trudy Curran put down her smartphone and started thinking about her next career move. She knew it wasn’t going to be to another job in-house.
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