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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_Standard_photos_F.Garcia.jpgMany years ago, I read the book The End of Work: The Decline of the Global Labor Force and the Dawn of the Post-Market Era by Jeremy Rifkin and first published in 1995. In this book, Rifkin sought to convince the reader that developments in technology and increased automation would result in the mass elimination of work and greater worker alienation for those that were able to save their jobs.
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Monday, 09 February 2015 11:19

Honesty is now the law in Canada

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_Standard_photos_renato-pontello.jpgLate in 2014, the Supreme Court of Canada released a landmark decision in Bhasin v. Hrynew . Harish Bhasin, who had a business that sold educational savings plans to the public, had a long-standing relationship with the wholesaler Canadian American Financial Corp. to sell its registered investments.
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John Ratchford says there are two kinds of risk posed by social media — inappropriate use and failure to engage.
John Ratchford says there are two kinds of risk posed by social media — inappropriate use and failure to engage.
When a crisis hits, in-house counsel can be an important part of the risk management team and that includes paying close attention to the risk to be managed in social media.
Published in Latest News
Monday, 26 January 2015 08:01

Shaping the Future

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_2015_February_IH_FebCover-Web.jpgWelcome to our third year of the InHouse View — an annual “look ahead” series of interviews in which we talk to leading corporate counsel about their current challenges and projects for the year.
Published in InHouse Cover Story
Monday, 26 January 2015 08:00

Reflecting on View 2014 predictions

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_2015_February_View-OpenerSpread.jpgWe revisit our conversation with some of last year’s View 2014 panel members to see how their year panned out.
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Monday, 26 January 2015 08:00

Better structure or simply title inflation?

At a cocktail event recently, an in-house lawyer suggested an interesting topic for us to explore might be this idea of title inflation in corporate legal departments. He felt there seemed to be quite a mash up of titles emerging from some large departments. Are the titles an attempt to appease and retain ambitious lawyers with their eye on the general counsel office or are they a way for the legal department to behave like any other business unit with layers of seniority?
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Monday, 26 January 2015 08:00

The quest for the best in-house software

Illustration: Matthew Billington
Illustration: Matthew Billington
There’s nothing like a hit to the bottom line to get companies rethinking the way they do things, and Olivier Fischer has a perfect example.
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Monday, 26 January 2015 08:00

Winning formula

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_2015_February_Profile-Deborah-Greenberg-f.jpgEach year, the Association of Corporate Counsel, in tandem with the International Law Office, honours the world’s top in-house lawyers at its Global Counsel Awards gala in New York City. Last June, Deborah Greenberg, vice president and general counsel for Aimia, Canada the loyalty rewards management company, won the trophy in the “General Commercial” category.
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Monday, 26 January 2015 08:00

A better way to work

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_2015_February_LAWDEPT-OPENER2.jpgEllen Pekilis was stuck. As the general counsel of CSA Group, a standards development and testing organization, she and her crew of six employees faced a growing stack of new, complicated legal work — the result of her employer’s shift to growth by acquisition. But management was unwilling to add legal staff. Instead, CSA was spending on research labs, test equipment, and other revenue generators.
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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_2015_February_InClosingBarryFisher.jpgCan IBM’s Watson supercomputer or progeny like U of T’s Ross replace the law firm partner or general counsel as the trusted adviser to the organization? No, or at least not yet, but I suggest that there are forces at play conspiring to change that role in fundamental ways beyond tweaking the billable hour model with alternative fee arrangements.
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