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Defining roles

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_2014_June_shutterstock_152657705.jpgWhen it comes to related-party transactions, are the roles of in-house counsel, audit committees, and external lawyers always clearly defined?
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_Standard_photos_fred_krebs.jpgI recently read a thoughtful open letter to general counsel and law firms written by Daniel Desjardins, general counsel of Bombardier Inc. Stated simply, this letter offers sound advice.
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_2014_June_Screen-shot-Small2014-06-05.jpgIn the fourth and final video from the InHouse general counsel roundtable, moderated by Jennifer Brown and sponsored by Field Law, the participants discuss the regulatory pressures their law departments are dealing with including Canada's Anti-Spam law, the new Alberta energy regulator and the"regulator" of public opinion.
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_Standard_photos_renato-pontello.jpgIn 2009, the Ontario government introduced Bill 168, which amended the Occupational Health and Safety Act. It imposed positive obligations on employers to keep their workplaces free from violence and harassment. Similar legislation exists in other Canadian provinces.
(l to r) Eric Sigurdson, TD Insurance; moderator Larry Swartz, Morneau Shepell Ltd.; and Steven Rosenhek, Faskens.
(l to r) Eric Sigurdson, TD Insurance; moderator Larry Swartz, Morneau Shepell Ltd.; and Steven Rosenhek, Faskens.
It’s rare these days for an in-house lawyer to hand over a litigation file to their external firm and simply wait for a result. Demands for cost control and efficient resolution mean the complete hands-off approach is no longer realistic. Enter the era of project management on litigation files.
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_2014_June_Screen-shot-2014-Rdtable3.jpgIn the third of four videos from the InHouse general counsel roundtable, moderated by Jennifer Brown and sponsored by Field Law, the participants discuss how they are using alternative service providers and fee arrangements and to what degree they are having success. They also talk about the conversations they are having with traditional firms about alternatives to the billable hour. 
‘For the past five years, change has been coming at lightning speed,’ says CSA’s general counsel Ellen Pekilis.
‘For the past five years, change has been coming at lightning speed,’ says CSA’s general counsel Ellen Pekilis.
The legal team of CSA Group has been recognized by the Association of Corporate Counsel as a Value Champion for its work in helping the rapidly growing business align legal services to the demands of the company and managing costs.
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_2014_June_Kelly-Friedman.jpgData security breaches, when data is released to or accessed by unauthorized individuals, have been all over the headlines. The recent crises experienced by Sony, Target, Michael’s, Canada Revenue Agency, and others are hard to ignore, as are the growing number of privacy breach class actions.
Participant Gail Harding, Canadian Western Bank
Participant Gail Harding, Canadian Western Bank
In the second of four videos from the InHouse general counsel roundtable, moderated by Jennifer Brown and sponsored by Field Law, the participants discuss how risk management is addressed in their organizations.
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_2014_June_Screen-shot-2014-05-RT.jpgIn the first of four videos from the InHouse general counsel roundtable, moderated by Jennifer Brown and sponsored by Field Law, the participants discuss how issues around intellectual property affect their department's workload.   




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