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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.
Monday, 08 February 2016 09:48

Big Data’s potential for in-house

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Big Data’s potential for in-houseBig Data is here and it is here to stay. Retailers collect and analyze billions of customer purchases every hour, looking for buying trends to better target their marketing efforts. Credit card companies constantly analyze incoming transactions searching for indicators of fraud. Social media platforms curate, store, analyze, and sell data that is invaluable to advertisers. As WikiLeaks has demonstrated, governments scour, record, and analyze massive amounts of information daily, including data mined from their closest allies.
Durham County Courthouse
Durham County Courthouse
The wife of Oshawa’s city solicitor says that on the night three years ago that her husband David Potts was kidnapped at gunpoint by a former councilor, she feared she might never see him again.
ACC Alberta chapter president Lorne O’Reilly says some in-house lawyers have returned to private practice during the downturn.
ACC Alberta chapter president Lorne O’Reilly says some in-house lawyers have returned to private practice during the downturn.
Even in tough times it seems in-house departments are bulking up and adding operations team members, but legal departments in the oil and gas sector are taking a hit as that sector continues to feel the pinch.
Monday, 25 January 2016 09:00

A career well crafted

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Wawanesa Insurance general counsel is retiring after 20 years serving in in-house roles.
Wawanesa Insurance general counsel is retiring after 20 years serving in in-house roles.
When asked what his plans are for retirement, George Bass pauses and is somewhat at a loss for words.
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