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April, 2019
  • Rough start for remediation agreements

    The proper use of newly minted remediation agreements was always going to be a judgment call. Now it appears judgment may have been seriously lacking in what would have been the very first application of a new Criminal Code amendment allowing corporations to avoid prosecution.
  • Due diligence gets a makeover

    When it comes to conducting due diligence in mergers and acquisitions, it’s all about looking for risks in a haystack of data, thanks in large part to the proliferation of documents and information to review for a proposed deal.
  • Map the data

    Fitness trackers are just one of the data-gathering devices that we either wear or stare at too many times in a day that have exploded in popularity in recent years. They are also increasingly offered to staff as part of employee wellness programs in large companies.
  • Communication while in crisis

    If circumstances arise where there is a need to consider retaining outside litigation counsel, it is almost certainly not a good news situation for a private sector company or government entity.
  • The role of in-house in AI adoption

    When I left private practice and went in-house, I was given valuable advice from a mentor of mine. She said that my role is not just about being an advisor to my business clients and it was important that I not limit myself to being just a “legal risk manager.”


  • Relationship effectiveness

    Relationship effectiveness

    Amid the hype and ongoing dialogue around the future of law and innovation in the legal profession, the reality is many small law departments in Canada still feel effective legal advice and suitable fee arrangements come not from new service delivery models but through good management and long-term cultivation of relationships with external counsel.
  • Controlling the contract lifecycle

    Law Department Management

    Controlling the contract lifecycle

    While it may seem obvious that establishing a contract lifecycle management system would improve the way contracts are handled, it is more than possible that in-house departments could derive additional benefits from such a system in the form of getting themselves more time.


  • The Autorité des marchés publics is the new actor in the Quebec public contracts regime

    January 25 marked the beginning of the official operations of the Autorité des marchés publics, the new entity responsible for overseeing and managing public contracts between enterprises and Quebec government entities.
  • Dan Raymond

    Intellectual Property

    There be dragons ahead

    The Patent Law Treaty harmonizes and streamlines procedures before patent offices in member countries. Although Canada signed the PLT on May 21, 2001, its implementation in Canada was delayed until a series of wide-ranging intellectual property reforms were begun in 2014.
  • Brent J. Arnold

    Finding a co-ordinated approach to cyber-threats

    Cyberattacks on Canadian businesses are increasing in volume and sophistication. Thankfully, Canada’s approach to fighting such threats is also becoming more sophisticated — and, importantly, more co-ordinated.
  • Revamping the KM approach

    Full disclosure. I’m a total geek. So, when our legal division enshrined knowledge management into one of our teams, I was like a kid in a candy store.
  • Jennifer Brown

    Why ‘in-house’ wasn’t just another beat

    In the summer of 2011, I joined the Canadian Lawyer and Law Times team at Thomson Reuters and in the space of about seven days attended the American Bar Association conference (it was held in Toronto that year) and the Canadian Bar Association conference in Halifax. It was a baptism by fire.


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