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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.
Monday, 01 September 2014 08:00

The rise of the single services provider

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_2014_September_multiservice.jpgA small Toronto law firm says the move to form an alliance with Deloitte Canada will strengthen its position to help clients better navigate the increasingly complex world of immigration law.
International trade lawyer John Boscariol
International trade lawyer John Boscariol
Almost a year after Canada and the European Union announced an agreement in principle on the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, a hefty excerpt of the deal was leaked last week raising red flags in the business community.
Monday, 18 August 2014 08:00

Talk less, listen more

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_Standard_photos_fred_krebs.jpgMuch has been written about the skills and competencies necessary to be a successful general counsel. These include legal, business, leadership, and interpersonal skills as well as independence, judgment, integrity, and problem solving ability. Commentators also frequently cite financial and technology competencies as being important.
Monday, 11 August 2014 08:00

Does your compliance program comply?

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_Standard_photos_renato-pontello.jpgThe federal government, which primarily does business through its procurement department, Public Works and Government Services Canada, recently amended provisions of its Supply Manual to further strengthen the integrity of PWGSC’s procurement transactions and ensure the department does business with suppliers that abide by the law. The changes, which came into effect March 1, impose significant new requirements on companies doing business with the government with regard to certifications, listed offenses, and subcontractors and changed the law with regard to past absolute and conditional discharges.
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In order to tame the documents and processes swirling around them, in-house departments are embracing technology tools as a way to become more efficient and improve relations with other business units.
Response from clients has been mostly surprise, says Peter Carayiannis.
Response from clients has been mostly surprise, says Peter Carayiannis.
It’s not uncommon for clients to do a double take when they open a bill from their law firm, but for those who use Conduit Law Professional Corp., any shock and awe over last month’s invoice wasn’t because of the amount due — it was probably about the line inviting them to change the price.
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