Tuesday, 08 August 2017 09:00

The Top 25 Most Influential 2017

Canadian Lawyer’s top 25 Most Influential in the justice system and legal profession in Canada is now in its eighth year. The Top 25 is always the magazine’s most-read and most-commented-on feature. Its popularity — both in terms of the number of nominations we receive as well as the number of votes in the public poll — highlights the engagement and pride in their colleagues that lawyers, judges and others in the legal profession have.


Monday, 24 July 2017 09:00

L.I.O.N.s, bears, sheep and ghosts

L.I.O.N.s, bears, sheep and ghostsI have often made reference to the fact that, in my humble opinion, lawyers (both in private practice and inhouse counsel) must become increasingly comfortable with using social media to promote not only their achievements and relevant or interesting best practices or developments in their legal practice area, but also to build and grow their personal brand and networks.
Over the last few years, I have made selectively growing my social network a priority. LinkedIn is one such platform for this sharing of ideas and personal brand promotion and it is the one I have focused on the most to strategically meet my objective. Unfortunately, many lawyers I meet have little or no social media presence.
Published in Latest News
Junior in-house counsel: Ethical challenges and professional obligations to considerWorking as in-house counsel could mean you might wear many different hats for the benefit of your client. You may be legal counsel on top of other responsibilities — marketing consultant, human resources advisor, corporate speechwriter and note-taker, among other roles.
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If you want to look to where real change is going to happen in terms of the structure and performance of legal departments and law firms in the next five years, consider the work being done at the Corporate Legal Operations Consortium.
Published in Issue Archive
Monday, 10 July 2017 09:30

Managing growth in the new economy

Managing growth in the  new economyIn the 12 years Canadian Lawyer InHouse has been conducting its annual general counsel roundtable, we have routinely put questions about external law firm relationships and managing resources internally on the agenda for discussion.
Published in InHouse Cover Story
Monday, 10 July 2017 09:00

Keeping data confidential

Keeping data confidentialAs fears mount that external law firms could be targets for hackers, in-house counsel are wondering just how secure the connection is to their outside advisers. In the last year or so, the FBI and other authorities have identified law firms as the weak links in the confidential information chain.
Published in Issue Archive
Monday, 10 July 2017 09:00

Managing growth in the spotlight

Managing growth in the spotlightAs Cineplex Entertainment’s chief legal officer for the past 13 years, Anne Fitzgerald played a key role in the movie exhibitor’s growth, first into the dominant cinema chain in Canada, then into a fully nation-wide exhibitor. Now she’s helping Cineplex diversify away from reliance on theatre box-office and concession-stand revenues into a variety of new but related businesses.
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Contemplating marijuana in the workplaceThere is no longer doubt that a pre-eminent election promise of the Liberal government will come to pass; that of the legalization of recreational marijuana. The target date is Canada Day, 2018. This new regime will bring with it a host of challenges for employers that will require action in the coming months to ensure that policies, procedures and practices are relevant to workplace realities and responsive to legitimate concerns regarding job performance and safety. Those employers who function under the illusion that they can continue without written policies or will be able to rely upon current protocols without legal review may be in for a rude awakening.
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Nice guys and gals always finish . . . first!As I sat in my chair at the Canadian General Counsel Awards and looked around the sold out room, beyond the wonderful tuxes and dresses, the smiles and the great food, two important things ran through my mind. First, how incredible it is to see a room so full of capable, knowledgeable and accomplished external counsel, in-house counsel and other leaders of industry who are no longer actively practising law. This, I will admit, is always a great reason for attending wonderful events like the CGCA and the Innovatio Awards.
Published in Latest News
Tracking spending and diversity at PayPal and GEFrom spending to diversity, companies such as PayPal and GE are tracking and measuring a variety of aspects of work they do with their external counsel as it moves through their busy legal department and it’s putting law firms on their toes.
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