Survey shows diversity delivers 25 per cent higher share of spend
Survey shows diversity delivers 25 per cent higher share of spend
Gender drives different buying behaviours in-house, according to a new survey that looks at the influence diversity has on the legal market, and the gap in pay for women.
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Post-Panama Papers, how should in-house react?On May 9, a further trove of confidential information from the files of the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca & Co. was released to the web by the hacker(s) who penetrated the firm’s e-mail system. As we all know, the firm’s clients were largely nominees or intermediaries: banks, financial administrators, accountants, etc., who carried out their clients’ bidding via the formation of “shell companies” in foreign tax havens. The creation of the companies and use of intermediaries created an expectation of anonymity. That anonymity was however shattered with the publication of the Panama Papers. They contain the names of the intermediaries, the ultimate beneficiaries, related correspondence and contracts and, most importantly in the case of corporations, the identity of shareholders and directors. 
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Monday, 02 May 2016 09:00

Life after in-house

Life after in-houseWhen the $6.8-billion takeover of Canadian Oil Sands was complete, the company’s senior vice president and general counsel Trudy Curran put down her smartphone and started thinking about her next career move. She knew it wasn’t going to be to another job in-house.
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Monday, 25 April 2016 09:00

The shifting sands of cybersecurity

The shifting sands of cybersecurityAn ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, so the saying goes, and while it may seem trite, for in-house counsel who have to deal with the aftermath of a cyberattack or data breach, that recommendation overwhelms all others. When intellectual property and customer information falls into the wrong hands, how well prepared the organization is for such an eventuality will determine the ramifications.
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Monday, 25 April 2016 09:00

Why are women earning less?

At the national conference of the Canadian Association of Corporate Counsel in April, it was widely touted that 52 per cent of members are now women. It confirmed what has been known for a while — there is basically a 50/50 split of women and men in the in-house bar.
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Will this be the year for an uptick in M&A for resource sector?More mergers and acquisitions activity may be coming down the pipes for the Canadian oil and gas sector, as companies can no longer delay the sale of non-performing assets, lawyers say.
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Monday, 25 April 2016 09:00

Advocate for the cloud

Advocate for the cloudOne sunny morning in Toronto this past summer, a group of media, business people, and various dignitaries waited for mayor John Tory to arrive at the Delta Toronto near the Air Canada Centre for a surprise press conference hosted by Microsoft Canada.
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Monday, 25 April 2016 09:00

From articles to in-house

From articles to in-houseOver the course of my in-house career, and more recently as president of the Ontario Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel, it has become apparent to me that more lawyers are seeking and obtaining in-house roles earlier in their careers. 
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Monday, 18 April 2016 09:00

Should I stay or should I go?

Should I stay or should I go?While we know the perils of believing that the grass is greener on the other side, we also know that the times of staying with one employer for the entire length of one’s career is very much over. Today, people expect to change employers numerous times throughout their careers. In fact, it is very common to use each new job as an opportunity to obtain promotions and increases in your salary greater than the average 3 per cent annual salary increase people get for staying with the same employer.
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Monday, 04 April 2016 09:00

Tightening the customer relationship

David Leonard says the most effective way to deliver legal services may include sending work that isn’t core to Big Law to someone else.
David Leonard says the most effective way to deliver legal services may include sending work that isn’t core to Big Law to someone else.
Law firm success has always been based on building solid relationships with clients, but as he takes on his new role of CEO at one of Canada’s largest law firms, David Leonard knows it needs to go to another level in today’s climate.
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