b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_Standard_photos_renato-pontello.jpgIn the last 15 years there has been an increase in the number of lawsuits brought against in-house counsel. The tide seems to have turned with the Enron case in 2001 and in 2005 when the issue of stock-option backdating gained a wider audience. All of a sudden activist shareholders, securities regulators, and the courts seemed ready to place in-house counsel under closer scrutiny.
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Monday, 29 June 2015 08:01

The overseers of the enterprise

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_2015_July_IH_July_2015-Cover.jpgFor our 10th annual InHouse Annual General Counsel Roundtable we went to the great city of Montreal where five experienced corporate counsel, who clearly love their work and are passionate about the role they play in enabling business, discussed at length the issues that consume their days and what makes for strong external law firm relationships.
Published in InHouse Cover Story
In early May, this headline from Australasian Lawyer arrived in my inbox (and I wasn’t terribly surprised): “Alternative fees ‘a failure,’ say in-house lawyers.”
Published in Issue Archive
Monday, 29 June 2015 08:00

Is it the end of big box?

Image: Matthew Billington
Image: Matthew Billington
The brief and unsuccessful entry into the Canadian market by Target has dominated media coverage this year when the topic turns to the state of retail.
Published in Issue Archive
Monday, 29 June 2015 08:00

Managing between waves

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_2015_July_Western.jpgAsk those in the oil patch how things are these days and they will probably take a deep breath and pause before launching into a careful answer that goes something like this: Things are “OK” but it’s a different time indeed. All those projects that were in play a year ago may now be on hold or being restructured. For their colleagues in Canada’s North, their work towards developing and renewing infrastructure continues to be a challenge but one they love.
Published in Issue Archive
Monday, 29 June 2015 08:00

Canada Post’s Charter challenge

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_2015_July_Bonnie_Boretsky.jpgAs Canada Post Corp. proceeds with its five-year plan to phase out door-to-door mail delivery in favour of community mailboxes, it is facing a Charter challenge from its major union, the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, joined by several seniors organizations.
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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_Standard_photos_NedaNavabi.jpgHalfway through 2014, I decided it was time to leave my position as a private practice lawyer and pursue a role that would intertwine my two passions, law and business.
Published in Issue Archive
‘The speed of business for us is getting faster and so having silos of information does not work,’ says Nathalie Clark.
‘The speed of business for us is getting faster and so having silos of information does not work,’ says Nathalie Clark.
At 4:30 p.m. every day, you will find Nathalie Clark conducting a huddle with her legal team at Capital One Canada in Toronto. They review the work of the day and any new requests for assistance from the business units.
Published in Latest News
Monday, 15 June 2015 08:00

Finding the path to an in-house career

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_Standard_photos_F.Garcia.jpgThe most common question I hear from junior lawyers is “what can I do to make the transition into an in-house role?”
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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_Standard_photos_renato-pontello.jpgThe advent of the digital revolution drove tremendous growth in both the pace and breadth of communications. With it came added complexity in the business world, in the form of greater and more challenging cross-border issues, fiercer competition, and more regulation as well as deleveraging of notable industries.
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