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Monday, 20 July 2015 08:00

Making time for yourself

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Making time for yourselfAs I relaxed in wonderful Mykonos, Greece, it became quite clear to me the next topic for my monthly article should be the importance of — notwithstanding the intense pressure and responsibilities of our careers — making time for you to recharge and to refresh. I have heard it said many times that we cannot afford to take time out of our busy schedules to do the things that we enjoy such as spending quality time in the evenings with our children, working out, or taking memorable trips. However, the truth is that what we cannot afford, in our careers and personal life, is burning out and allowing our work stress to adversely affect our family life and our physical and mental health.   
Do in-house counsel need additional insurance?In the last 15 years there has been an increase in the number of lawsuits brought against in-house counsel. The tide seems to have turned with the Enron case in 2001 and in 2005 when the issue of stock-option backdating gained a wider audience. All of a sudden activist shareholders, securities regulators, and the courts seemed ready to place in-house counsel under closer scrutiny.
Cassels Brock to appeal $45-million damages in GM dealer caseJustice Thomas McEwen found Cassels Brock owed contractual and fiduciary duties to some or all of GM dealers in the class. One of the lawyers representing GM dealers in the class action against law firm Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP says the case represents “the conflicts issue in a perfect storm.”
Jeffrey Hewitt, GC of the Chippewas of Rama First Nation, says ‘free, prior, and informed consent’ is the way to move business forward.  Photo: Jennifer Brown
Jeffrey Hewitt, GC of the Chippewas of Rama First Nation, says ‘free, prior, and informed consent’ is the way to move business forward. Photo: Jennifer Brown
The general counsel for the Chippewas of Rama First Nation is calling on the legal leaders of Canadian companies, institutions, and law firms to think about how they can take action around recommendations from the Truth and Reconciliation report and on the issue of missing and murdered indigenous women.
‘The speed of business for us is getting faster and so having silos of information does not work,’ says Nathalie Clark.
‘The speed of business for us is getting faster and so having silos of information does not work,’ says Nathalie Clark.
At 4:30 p.m. every day, you will find Nathalie Clark conducting a huddle with her legal team at Capital One Canada in Toronto. They review the work of the day and any new requests for assistance from the business units.
Monday, 15 June 2015 08:00

Finding the path to an in-house career

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Finding the path to an in-house careerThe most common question I hear from junior lawyers is “what can I do to make the transition into an in-house role?”
Monday, 15 June 2015 08:00

How low can it go?

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David Dodge is predicting a slow recovery with Alberta weaker than the Canadian average for the rest of 2015-16.
David Dodge is predicting a slow recovery with Alberta weaker than the Canadian average for the rest of 2015-16.
As the economy in Alberta continues to languish, some companies in the resource sector are doing opportunistic prospecting to see if they can strike a deal with a needy seller, but are they ready to bite?
Make recruitment, development, retention, and succession a priorityThe advent of the digital revolution drove tremendous growth in both the pace and breadth of communications. With it came added complexity in the business world, in the form of greater and more challenging cross-border issues, fiercer competition, and more regulation as well as deleveraging of notable industries.
Lawyers will gather in Sherbrooke this month to consider next steps towards a proposed $300-million settlement in the Lac-Mégantic disaster.  File photo: Mathieu Belanger/Reuters
Lawyers will gather in Sherbrooke this month to consider next steps towards a proposed $300-million settlement in the Lac-Mégantic disaster. File photo: Mathieu Belanger/Reuters
Almost two years after a tragic train derailment and explosion hit the small town of Lac-Mégantic, Que., lawyers are set to gather in a Sherbrooke court this month to consider next steps towards a proposed $300-million settlement.
Seven Guatemalans are seeking damages for injuries allegedly suffered in an incident at the Escobal Mine in 2013.
Seven Guatemalans are seeking damages for injuries allegedly suffered in an incident at the Escobal Mine in 2013.
A Vancouver-based mining company is arguing that protesters hurt outside one of their subsidiary locations in Guatemala in 2013 should not be able to sue them in Canada for injuries sustained during that protest.
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