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Around the issue of privilege, companies must decide what the ultimate purpose of the report is going to be, says Michelle Henry.
Around the issue of privilege, companies must decide what the ultimate purpose of the report is going to be, says Michelle Henry.
When it comes to the protection of privilege around internal investigations, in-house counsel need to stickhandle the issue carefully especially in light of some recent cases on both sides of the border.
Published in Latest News
Monday, 13 April 2015 08:00

Disrupting or just evolving?

Cost pressures are the largest motivators for new ideas in the legal business.
Cost pressures are the largest motivators for new ideas in the legal business.
Corporate law departments under pressure to cut costs may be the main driver behind a revolution in the provision of legal services, but when it comes to innovation they may be hamstrung by their own lack of budgets to pull it off themselves.
Published in Latest News
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_Standard_photos_renato-pontello.jpgIn-house counsel play an important role in ensuring their clients exercise appropriate corporate governance — “appropriate” being the operative word. Applying big company practices holus bolus to start-ups and small- to medium-sized enterprises can be as inappropriate as shooting from the hip and ignoring tried and true governance practices which have benefited companies as they have scaled.
Published in Latest News
Monday, 23 March 2015 08:01

Doing business with the bear

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_2015_April_in_apr_15.jpgWhen Canada introduced its first sanctions against Russia, back in March of 2014, it was the big players like Bombardier and Kinross Gold that landed on the radar screen.
Published in InHouse Cover Story
Monday, 23 March 2015 08:00

Looking to stretch the business muscle

One of the first in-house lawyers I spoke with when I landed in this job more than three years ago was the former general counsel of the Forzani Group, Evan Johnston, after the company was acquired by Canadian Tire. He had recently taken up the role as the first GC for Calgary-based construction company The Churchill Corp. He joined Churchill as vice president and GC and reported directly to the CEO. The lead director at Forzani happened to also be chairman at Churchill and he called Johnston and asked him what he was going to do.
Published in Issue Archive
Monday, 23 March 2015 08:00

The Red Rocket’s litigator-in-chief

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_2015_April_Brian_Leck.jpgWhen you suggest to Brian Leck, the general counsel of  the Toronto Transit Commission, that he’s running the ultimate personal injury practice, he readily agrees. “Oh, I think so,” he says. “We are a target. Toronto is becoming more and more litigious.”  
Published in Issue Archive
Monday, 23 March 2015 08:00

The hackers have gotten in. Now what?

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_2015_April_I.Spotlight.jpgSeth Rogan’s brow furrows, then his eyes widen. He is sitting next to James Franco and he clearly cannot believe what he is hearing.
Published in Issue Archive
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_2015_April_InHouse-image-for-page-30.gifMore than one quarter of general counsel today are grappling with data breaches and it turns out Canadian in-house lawyers are more willing than their peers around the world to report them.
Published in Issue Archive
Monday, 23 March 2015 08:00

Should I stay or should I go?

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_Standard_photos_Bindu_Dhaliwal.jpgAfter a few years of private practice I began to contemplate the big question: should I stay or should I go . . . in-house.
Published in Issue Archive
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_Standard_photos_renato-pontello.jpgCanadian businesses have an enviable record of being technology pioneers. Unfortunately our startups fail too often to capitalize on their technology lead.
Published in Latest News
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