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The RCMP ‘are on a serious enforcement tract’ regarding anti-corruption, says Jonathan Drimmer.
The RCMP ‘are on a serious enforcement tract’ regarding anti-corruption, says Jonathan Drimmer.
It’s still early days when it comes to the enforcement of Canada’s anti-corruption legislation, but some companies may still not be ready should the RCMP come calling, says a senior counsel with Barrick Gold Corp.

Monday, 31 December 2012 08:00

Throw your hat over the wall: a challenge for 2013

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Throw your hat over the wall: a challenge for 2013We have all seen the articles about the increased influence of general counsel both in the boardroom and elsewhere, as well as the expanding role in the C-suite. However, in all the conversations about influence and stature we should not lose sight of the most basic responsibility of the general counsel — to be a good lawyer. Whatever other responsibilities you assume or roles you take on while practising in-house, your core and most fundamental responsibility is the legal health of your client, the organization. Thus, being a good lawyer comes before anything else.

Monday, 10 December 2012 09:14

A call to arms on professional regulation

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A call to arms on professional regulationThe in-house practice of law differs dramatically from the practice of the traditional private practice lawyer. I agree with those of you who say internal and external lawyers have more in common than we don’t, but I don’t agree with those who use that as a reason to subsume the in-house lawyers within the larger group for all purposes. This is not a column about “piling on” to criticize outside counsel. I believe we should all work to ensure the relationship between in-house lawyers and private practice lawyers (between all lawyers for that matter) is collegial and respectful.
Canadian companies continue to other regions and countries in the world. Source: Kroll Global Fraud Report.
Canadian companies continue to other regions and countries in the world. Source: Kroll Global Fraud Report.
Incidents of white-collar fraud appear to be on the decline both globally and in Canada, but some senior executives may have a false sense of security when it comes to the potential threats to their organizations.
Monday, 03 December 2012 08:00

SCC says labour board was right all along

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Driver Iron is an employer and can’t opt out of agreements with unions, confirmed the SCC. Photo: Shutterstock
Driver Iron is an employer and can’t opt out of agreements with unions, confirmed the SCC. Photo: Shutterstock
The Supreme Court of Canada has affirmed the original decision of the Alberta Labour Relations Board in a case involving the complexities of unionized and non-unionized construction workers in the province.
Critical supplier’s hard-ball queue jumping pays offForeign critical suppliers may be able to extract payment in full, for amounts owed to them by a debtor company in a Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act filing, by virtue of their location in a foreign country and the critical nature of the goods or services that they supply.
Monday, 26 November 2012 10:18

Feds get tough on white-collar crimes

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Anyone convicted of price-fixing, bid-rigging, and misleading advertising now faces jail time.
Anyone convicted of price-fixing, bid-rigging, and misleading advertising now faces jail time.
In its efforts to get tougher on white-collar crime, the federal government may have made it tougher for the Competition Bureau to get individuals and corporations to work with its established leniency programs.
Monday, 19 November 2012 08:00

Things I wish I had been taught in law school

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Things I wish I had been taught in law schoolI like to have experienced in-house counsel speak to my “Introduction to the in-house practice” class at Georgetown University Law School — this exposes my students to ideas they do not generally receive in their other courses with the added benefit that I always learn something as well.
Monday, 19 November 2012 08:00

Why there are so few Asian lawyers at the top

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Xerox’s Don Liu says he works hard to break down stereotypes of Asian lawyers that can impair their careers. Photo: Jennifer Brown
Xerox’s Don Liu says he works hard to break down stereotypes of Asian lawyers that can impair their careers. Photo: Jennifer Brown
The general counsel for Xerox Corp. says there are too few Asian lawyers in positions of power in the legal profession and more should be putting themselves forward for leadership positions both in-house and at law firms.
It is clear that in-house lawyers now play pivotal and influential roles in the corporate world. In his blog, Ben Heineman recently noted: “The general counsel, not the senior partner in the law firm, is now often the go-to counsellor for the chief executive and the board on law, ethics, public policy, corporate citizenship, and country and geopolitical risk. The general counsel is now a core member of the top management team and offers advice not just on law and related matters but helps shape discussion and debate about business issues. Because ‘business in society’ issues pose so much risk (and in some cases opportunity), the general counsel is viewed in many companies as having the same stature as the chief financial officer. Company legal departments are staffed not just by broad generalists but by outstanding specialists in all the areas covered by private firms, including litigation, tax, trade, mergers and acquisitions, labour and employment, intellectual property, environmental law.”
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