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Monday, 04 November 2013 08:00

In-house embrace benchmarking

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Benchmarking is part of the evolving world of in-house.
Benchmarking is part of the evolving world of in-house.
There’s no debate in-house counsel add value to their organizations but these days some are choosing to demonstrate that value in carefully crafted graphs and spreadsheets benchmarking their accomplishments to show the c-suite.
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_2013_October_Kathleen-Keller-Hobson.jpgShareholder activism is in the news daily: institutional investors publicly criticizing corporate governance and performance, hedge funds and other investors demanding change through proxy contests, and courts determining activists’ rights when shareholder relations become fractious.
Monday, 28 October 2013 08:00

CETA agreement could mean patent-term extension

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Ildiko Mehes, vice president and general counsel for Teva North America, Generics
Ildiko Mehes, vice president and general counsel for Teva North America, Generics
The headlines around the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement have been largely focused on the impact for cheese lovers and the dairy producers, but there is also some impact for the Canadian pharmaceutical industry.
Monday, 21 October 2013 08:00

So you want to teach law school

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_Standard_photos_fred_krebs.jpgIn a few days I leave for Los Angeles and the Association of Corporate Counsel Annual Meeting for which I organized a session for those interested in teaching at law school. The response to what was to be a small, informal breakfast conversation with a few ACC members who currently teach at their local law school has been incredible. We had to change rooms as we now have over 200 registrants for this early morning session that does not even offer CPD credit.
Brian Tsuji says the new Quebec language stipulation means extra steps in most cases.
Brian Tsuji says the new Quebec language stipulation means extra steps in most cases.
The immigration bar in Canada is hoping the federal government will provide some clarity on new requirements from Quebec demanding documentation related to the Temporary Foreign Worker program be provided in French.
Monday, 14 October 2013 08:00

Concerted enterprise risk management

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_Standard_photos_renato-pontello.jpgGlobalization, the advent of the digital age, and the leveraging and deleveraging of financial markets, among other factors, have made the world more complex, and the business world more volatile and increasingly challenged by risk. It is fascinatingly dynamic.
Monday, 07 October 2013 09:21

Assessing risk abroad starts at home

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Thales Canada's GC Daniel Marion updating their risk assessment and business continuity plans is a practice engrained in his company's culture.
Thales Canada's GC Daniel Marion updating their risk assessment and business continuity plans is a practice engrained in his company's culture.
For Canadian companies doing business in high-risk global locations general counsel are taking on greater responsibilities to help keep the organization and its people out of trouble before it happens.
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_2013_October_shutterstock_404067.jpgAn Ontario Superior Court judge has ruled a former TD Bank executive who worked under a deferred-compensation model can’t have $1.6 million in deferred bonuses he says the bank owes him.
Monday, 16 September 2013 09:00

We are not quite perfect

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_Standard_photos_fred_krebs.jpgAs hard as it may be for some to believe, in-house counsel are not perfect! The legal media and blogosphere are filled with criticism of law firms and the legal profession by in-house counsel (and others) for their lack of business acumen, high costs, continued use of the billable hour, unsustainable business models, poor communication skills, and so on. You see less criticism of the in-house community and when you do it frequently addresses the failure to exercise fully their influence when dealing with law firms.
Monday, 16 September 2013 09:00

More in-house cutting firms loose: study

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More general counsel decided to cut ties with their external law firms this year compared to 2012, highlighting price and budget reduction among the top reasons.
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