Monday, 31 December 2012 08:00 Written by Jennifer Brown
|The RCMP ‘are on a serious enforcement tract’ regarding anti-corruption, says Jonathan Drimmer.|
Monday, 31 December 2012 08:00 Written by Fred Krebs
We 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.
The 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.
Monday, 10 December 2012 08:00 Written by Jennifer Brown
|Canadian companies continue to other regions and countries in the world. Source: Kroll Global Fraud Report.|
|Driver Iron is an employer and can’t opt out of agreements with unions, confirmed the SCC. Photo: Shutterstock|
Monday, 03 December 2012 08:00 Written by Michael Atlas
|Anyone convicted of price-fixing, bid-rigging, and misleading advertising now faces jail time.|
Monday, 19 November 2012 08:00 Written by 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|
Monday, 12 November 2012 08:01 Written by Cheryl Foy
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.”