Written by Alaine Grande Posted Date: January 28th, 2013
In the first of six videos from the Canadian Lawyer InHouse View 2013 series, sponsored by Blake Cassels & Graydon LLP, AstraZeneca Canada Inc.'s chief legal counsel Alaine Grand talks about the challenges she faces in the year ahead.
While in London, England, last week, I had the privilege of attending a party to celebrate the launch of Tomorrow’s Lawyers, the fascinating new book by Richard Susskind. I fully anticipate this book — like its predecessor The End of Lawyers? —will stimulate much debate in the legal community. David Allgood, executive vice president and general counsel of the Royal Bank of Canada, calls it, “A must-read for anyone interested in the future of legal services.” I found it especially valuable as I work on a research project for the Association of Corporate Counsel to identify skill sets for the GC of the future.
- Prof holds up Quebec system for handling financial cases as best practice.
|Steven Salterio says generalist judges and prosecutors don’t cut it in complicated corporate law trials.|
- Practising In-house
There is, predictably and understandably, more interest in specific issues than in the profession as a whole. In-house lawyers are not unique in focusing on more immediate matters: Have I fulfilled my mandatory continuing professional development obligations? Do I have the information and skills I need to do my job well? Do I feel part of a community? Are my professional networks intact? As I look around however, I see relatively few of us are interested in the evolution of the role of in-house lawyers and I’d hazard a pretty educated guess fewer still care about the political organization of in-house lawyers or the associations and other groups that represent in-house lawyers.
Written by Jennifer Brown Posted Date: January 14th, 2013
|The Competition Bureau is seeking massive penalties from Direct Energy and Reliance Comfort for anti-competitive behaviour in the water heater market. Photo: Shutterstock|
Written by Jennifer Brown Posted Date: January 7th, 2013
- RCMP may be targeting big companies now but enforcement is becoming more stringent
|The RCMP ‘are on a serious enforcement tract’ regarding anti-corruption, says Jonathan Drimmer.|
- In-house Coach
We have all seen the articles about the increased influence of general counsel both in the boardroom and elsewhere, as well as the expanding role in the C-suite. However, in all the conversations about influence and stature we should not lose sight of the most basic responsibility of the general counsel — to be a good lawyer. Whatever other responsibilities you assume or roles you take on while practising in-house, your core and most fundamental responsibility is the legal health of your client, the organization. Thus, being a good lawyer comes before anything else.
- Practising In-house
The in-house practice of law differs dramatically from the practice of the traditional private practice lawyer. I agree with those of you who say internal and external lawyers have more in common than we don’t, but I don’t agree with those who use that as a reason to subsume the in-house lawyers within the larger group for all purposes. This is not a column about “piling on” to criticize outside counsel. I believe we should all work to ensure the relationship between in-house lawyers and private practice lawyers (between all lawyers for that matter) is collegial and respectful.
Written by Jennifer Brown Posted Date: December 10th, 2012
|Canadian companies continue to other regions and countries in the world. Source: Kroll Global Fraud Report.|