Inhouse counsel

  • In-house vs. outhouse: How to optimize your legal department with LSPs

    Jul 8, 2019

    Work is piling up. How do you decide what to keep and what to send to outside counsel? Today, those are no longer the only options. You can also now use legal service providers who are relentlessly focused on process and efficiency. Options are always good. But, we are still back to the initial question: How do you decide what to keep and what to sent to outside counsel or to an LSP?

  • What legal and business professionals can learn from the NBA champs

    Jul 1, 2019

    On June 13, 2019, the unthinkable happened: The Toronto Raptors became NBA champions. This was historic, as no Canadian NBA team had ever achieved this feat before. Throughout the year, but especially into the playoff run, the entire country came together to support this team. On the victory day, close to three million fans took to the streets to celebrate. However, apart from the wonderful sporting spectacle and achievement, the Raptor’s 2019 season also holds very important strategic-leadership lessons for us as business and legal professionals.

  • Bird's-eye view

    Bird's-eye view

    Jun 27, 2019

    From the burgeoning cannabis industry to established actuarial and real estate companies, the five general counsel on this year’s panel all say their jobs are so much more than providers of legal advice or risk analysis to their companies.

  • Managing IP portfolio takes co-operation

    Managing IP portfolio takes co-operation

    Jun 27, 2019

    No matter how skilled or experienced an IP lawyer is, protecting a company’s IP portfolio is not a job that can be done independently.

  • Is blockchain worth the hype?

    Is blockchain worth the hype?

    Jun 27, 2019

    The federal government is cautiously wading in. Enticed by the promise of blockchain to simplify the management of trusted information in a secure fashion, the Canada Border Services Agency and the Port of Montreal, the country’s second-biggest port, are now testing a blockchain-enabled digital solution to see if it will streamline freight shipping.

  • Training around workplace sexual harassment needs careful approach

    Training around workplace sexual harassment needs careful approach

    Jun 27, 2019

    Some high-profile cases of alleged sexual harassment or assault in the workplace in recent years have ensured that this is an issue that all employers, regardless of size, need to confront and try to minimize as best as possible the risk of it taking place in the future.

  • Head of the table: Where are the lawyers?

    Head of the table: Where are the lawyers?

    Jun 27, 2019

    Whether external or general counsel, lawyers quickly earn a seat at the “head table” and become the trusted go-to advisor for decision-makers in a company. Major transactions, decisions and plans will involve a lawyer, and their input is critical.

  • No mulligans: The SCC highlights the ‘difficult strategic choice’ faced by Quebec defendants sued abroad

    Jun 27, 2019

    Recently, in Barer v. Knight Brothers LLC, the Supreme Court of Canada clarified the applicable threshold for a party’s submission to a foreign court’s jurisdiction under the Civil Code of Quebec.

  • When it comes to AI regulation, Canada can do better

    Jun 27, 2019

    In 2018, the Future of Life Institute — a think tank led by tech industry leaders such as the founders of DeepMind, Google executives and Elon Musk — pledged not to develop artificial intelligence weapons that could make decisions to take lives and called for regulation to prevent their development.

  • Better together: Investing in solutions to create affordable housing

    Jun 27, 2019

    I joined Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation in the summer of 2015, almost four years ago, excited to support the housing agency’s role in serving Canadians.

  • For the love of tech, business and law

    For the love of tech, business and law

    Jun 27, 2019

    Catherine Lacavera says she wanted a career from a young age that would encapsulate her passions for business, technology and law.

  • Increasing use of IP for blockchain inventions

    Jun 27, 2019

    While there is no agreed-upon definition of blockchain, this technology is often associated with an append-only, tamper-resistant, distributed ledger of peer-to-peer transactions maintained by a decentralized network of participants.

  • The in-house world is where it’s at

    Jun 27, 2019

    Allow me to say hello. This is my first issue of Canadian Lawyer InHouse magazine. It’s a community I have had the pleasure of working with in my prior role as editor of Law Times, which focuses on the Ontario legal community.

  • Fruitful market for legal jobs, says survey

    Fruitful market for legal jobs, says survey

    Jun 12, 2019

    The job market for lawyers is looking up, according to recent survey where 63 per cent of respondents said their firm or legal department plan on hiring new practitioners in the next six months.

  • Influencing the demand for legal services

    Jun 11, 2019

    Gone are the days when conference programs featured sessions on the value of the law department. General counsel explained why business units should be encouraged to call on their lawyers more regularly, and definitely earlier, in the conduct of business.

  • Can you be your authentic self?

    Jun 3, 2019

    Who are you? No really, who are you? More importantly, who are you when you are at work, in social environments, in networking environments and, most importantly, when you finally get home and you get into your pyjamas? These are just some of the points we spoke about at Leading Change: Leadership Development Bootcamp for Racialized Lawyers, held May 16 in Toronto.

  • The five pillars of performance for the legal department

    May 13, 2019
  • I worked in-house and private practice, here are the differences

    May 13, 2019

    Whether you decide to go in-house at the junior end of your legal career is a calculated and personal decision. I was fortunate to have experienced private practice and in-house roles as a junior lawyer. Each has its own benefits and will require different skillsets to do well.

  • How to make the most out of in-house opportunities

    May 6, 2019

    So, here are a few tips and lessons that I take from my experience, with the hope that it can assist junior associates and in-house counsel looking to boost their profile or become increasingly involved in initiatives within the legal profession:

  • System and process change: hard, harder, hardest

    May 6, 2019

    Though the rewards can be significant, implementing new systems and processes always seems like such a massive challenge. And it is. It is hard work to determine what the current process is, where it meets and does not meet your organizational objectives, and then to map out the desired process. Once done, it can be harder yet to implement your new system and process that will improve the product or service delivery.