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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.
The challenges and conflicts of farming out legal workA key role of in-house legal counsel is to decide when, why, and where to farm out legal work. At times, the appropriate and most efficient thing to do is to retain the work in-house. In other instances, necessity dictates it be referred out; however, the selection of external legal advisors can be fraught with conflict.
Monday, 07 March 2016 10:11

Lace up, in-house counsel!

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Left to right: Ready to shake off winter: Laila Brabander, VP claims, Chubb Insurance; running coach Seanna Robinson of RunningWell Inc., Alena Thouin, general counsel, Alterna Savings; Daniel Bourque, senior corporate counsel, Xerox Canada are training together for the Sporting Life 10K.
Left to right: Ready to shake off winter: Laila Brabander, VP claims, Chubb Insurance; running coach Seanna Robinson of RunningWell Inc., Alena Thouin, general counsel, Alterna Savings; Daniel Bourque, senior corporate counsel, Xerox Canada are training together for the Sporting Life 10K.
While everyone struggles to achieve work-life balance these days, it’s not always easy to get through a day of work and stay active at the same time — especially in the dark days of winter.
David Potts says he accepts his kidnapper’s apology and feels ‘justice was served.’  Photo: Jennifer Brown
David Potts says he accepts his kidnapper’s apology and feels ‘justice was served.’ Photo: Jennifer Brown
Former Oshawa, Ont., councillor Robert Lutczyk has been sentenced to eight years and four months in prison for the 2012 violent kidnapping of the city’s solicitor, David Potts.
Brian Radnoff says a letter of reference from an MP for someone before the courts could be seen as a member of the government trying to influence the court.
Brian Radnoff says a letter of reference from an MP for someone before the courts could be seen as a member of the government trying to influence the court.
Should a sitting member of Parliament be providing a letter of reference on behalf of someone who is awaiting sentencing for kidnapping the lawyer for the City of Oshawa?
Monday, 15 February 2016 09:00

A GC’s advice to law schools

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A GC’s advice to law schoolsRecently, an esteemed colleague of mine wrote on her Facebook page that a successful senior lawyer told her, in discussing the difficulties experienced by articling students in finding placements, that if students are alumni from  specific Canadian law schools, their likelihood of future success was minimal, and that their investment in their legal education was not worth it.
Monday, 15 February 2016 09:00

Case clarifies obligations of patent applicants

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 Peter Wilcox, president of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada
Peter Wilcox, president of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada
Most people have probably never heard of the Public Servants Inventions Act, but a Federal Court of Appeal has ruled it can’t stand in the way of a man and his valid patent.
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