Anti-bribery legislation and the role of general counselReporting on recent cases in Canada involving the levying of significant fines and debarment of companies demonstrated to have participated in the bribing of foreign public officials has highlighted the need for general counsel to play a central role as far as prevention goes. This usually entails obtaining management and board buy-in, drafting appropriate anti-corruption policies, awareness and training and ongoing monitoring and reporting. 
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When asked what metrics were being used, in-house leaders told Acritas the area they measure most is spend at 33 per cent with internal client satisfaction much lower on the list.
When asked what metrics were being used, in-house leaders told Acritas the area they measure most is spend at 33 per cent with internal client satisfaction much lower on the list.
According to a recent survey by Acritas, 25 per cent of legal departments in large organizations have no metrics to measure the value they deliver to the organizations they serve, and those who do are primarily focusing metrics on costs.
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General counsel should be more involved in board member selectionWhile a general counsel spends most of his or her time providing legal support directly to the senior management team and the board, ultimately, the client is the corporation. 
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Monday, 27 June 2016 09:00

Driving change

Driving changeFor a number of years now, we’ve all read and heard about the growth of the in-house legal department. The banks and telcos led this charge, steadily increasing their legal headcount as they discovered the value of having more lawyers employed internally to handle a variety of matters, especially the growing regulatory burden.
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Could you use some help with contract management?As the vice president and general counsel of PointClickCare, Richard Guttman knew if the company wanted to continue to grow quickly, it needed a better contract management system.
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Roots in agricultural sector keep Prairies strongThe recent economic downturn in Alberta has spilled over in part to Saskatchewan and Manitoba, but not to anywhere near the same degree, and that means it hasn’t affected the amount of legal work being conducted by in-house counsel in those two provinces. In fact, some departments are expanding because of an increased focus on privacy and compliance issues, as well as ensuring that companies are not being used as a base for money laundering or terrorist financing.
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Trade deals offer opportunities and risksTwo huge international trade agreements will offer Canada’s manufacturers unparalleled access to markets around the world, but companies must balance the opportunities that the pacts will bring with the risk of extra competition, and prepare for different business models and new trade relationships.
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Monday, 27 June 2016 09:00

Adventures in Viceland

Adventures in VicelandNaomi Zener recalls being on an Air Canada flight departing from Toronto to a vacation destination when, already in relaxation mode, the entertainment lawyer and author casually picked up the in-flight magazine in front of her and scanning the ads spotted a problem.
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Monday, 27 June 2016 09:00

Women helping women in law

Women helping women in lawBetrayer of the sisterhood. Anti-feminist. Disloyal to women. These are all terms that were used to describe Marie Henein throughout the Jian Ghomeshi trial. Most concerning of all, however, was not the plethora of similar choice words attributed to Ms. Henein across social media platforms during the trial (and after the verdict) but rather one basic fact: Most of these comments were made by other women. If the roles were reversed, and Ms. Henein was a man, would the same have been said?
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Monday, 27 June 2016 09:00

Making informed choices

When it comes to legal services procurement, there are still some in the in-house world who balk at the idea that legal services can be procured in the same way as widgets. I get that, but more and more, traditional procurement approaches and tools are being used in large organizations to determine how external legal providers are chosen. It’s hard to ignore the effectiveness when you consider the questions asked.
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