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 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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Women now make up almost 50 per cent of the in-house bar in Canada but they are still being paid less than their male counterparts, according to a recent survey.
Monday, 18 April 2016 09:00

Should I stay or should I go?

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Should I stay or should I go?While we know the perils of believing that the grass is greener on the other side, we also know that the times of staying with one employer for the entire length of one’s career is very much over. Today, people expect to change employers numerous times throughout their careers. In fact, it is very common to use each new job as an opportunity to obtain promotions and increases in your salary greater than the average 3 per cent annual salary increase people get for staying with the same employer.
Pierre Magnan, Christopher Wolfenberg, Gulu Punia, and Karen Wyke looked at recurring themes faced by in-house counsel in the current economy. Photo: Jennifer Brown
Pierre Magnan, Christopher Wolfenberg, Gulu Punia, and Karen Wyke looked at recurring themes faced by in-house counsel in the current economy. Photo: Jennifer Brown
CALGARY — With weekly reports of large energy companies with mass layoffs, some are now in the second round that have a great impact on legal departments in Calgary.
Monday, 04 April 2016 09:00

Tightening the customer relationship

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David Leonard says the most effective way to deliver legal services may include sending work that isn’t core to Big Law to someone else.
David Leonard says the most effective way to deliver legal services may include sending work that isn’t core to Big Law to someone else.
Law firm success has always been based on building solid relationships with clients, but as he takes on his new role of CEO at one of Canada’s largest law firms, David Leonard knows it needs to go to another level in today’s climate.
Monday, 28 March 2016 09:00

Federal budget targets ‘tax abuses’

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‘The budget had a series of measures aimed at specific perceived corporate tax abuses,’ says Pamela Cross.
‘The budget had a series of measures aimed at specific perceived corporate tax abuses,’ says Pamela Cross.
The federal budget will mean more red tape for corporations and the closing of certain tax “loopholes” as the Liberal government aims to clamp down on areas of perceived tax avoidance.
Sana Halwani says the intent of a recent pro bono effort was to achieve some certainty on gene patents.
Sana Halwani says the intent of a recent pro bono effort was to achieve some certainty on gene patents.
A recent settlement reached in Federal Court means the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario and all public hospitals in Canada can license a genetic test for a potentially deadly heart rhythm condition on a not-for-profit basis.
Monday, 21 March 2016 09:00

The in-house role in CSR

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The in-house role in CSRIt is trite to say that the obligations of in-house legal departments and general counsel have expanded substantially in the last few decades. While initially seen as in-house lawyers, in-house counsel today have many roles and responsibilities that go beyond the conventional practise of the law.
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