Inhouse counsel

  • Twists and turns – How to steer a law career toward your goals

    Feb 4, 2019

    On Jan. 25, a new batch of recent graduates was called to the bar. This is an unforgettable moment in the life of a law student as they become part of what is seen (by most people) as a noble profession that stands as the guardian for justice and equity in our society. This also marks the start of their working career.

  • To be a modern in-house counsel

    Feb 4, 2019

    When I first went in-house, I toughed it out through the school of hard knocks, picking up the skills to be a valuable in-house lawyer and, eventually, general counsel. It was a slow evolutionary process. Thankfully, so were the demands upon me. That is no longer the case.

  • Annual Altman Weil CLO survey provides insights into how in-house are spending their time

    Jan 7, 2019

    Altman Weil has produced the Annual Chief Legal Officer Survey since 2000. The 2018 findings were recently released. CLOs and GCs do not find enough time to read their trade literature. Some of the highlights found in the 8-page summary are noteworthy.

  • Bindu Cudjoe moves to Canadian Western Bank

    Bindu Cudjoe moves to Canadian Western Bank

    Dec 10, 2018

    After six years at Bank of Montreal, Bindu Cudjoe is moving to take on the role of senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary at Canadian Western Bank.

  • Partnerships key for in-house success

    Partnerships key for in-house success

    Nov 12, 2018

    While alternative fee arrangements and seeking out external law firms with a diverse roster of lawyers were not top of mind for most in-house counsel who participated in Canadian Lawyer’s 2018 Corporate Counsel Survey, the billable-hour model and developing external counsel relationships were.

  • Innovating in-house with law firm and vendor partners

    Innovating in-house with law firm and vendor partners

    Oct 23, 2018

    When legal departments work collaboratively with their external firms and technology partners on real-world problems, innovation can happen in interesting and cost-effective ways and it doesn’t have to mean reduced fees for law firms.

  • Planes, trains and automobiles: How to approach a career in-house

    Oct 22, 2018

    To my fellow John Candy and Steve Martin fans out there, you will recognize where this comes from; but now that I have worked with trucks (Navistar), cars (Nissan) and planes (Cargojet), all that is left is trains. While all of these areas of in-house practice seem very similar, as they are within the transportation sector, the work in each of these experiences was very, very different.

  • Time to innovate for better mental health

    Sep 21, 2018

    There is much being written and, on occasion, talked about at conferences regarding mental health in the legal profession.

  • 2018 Innovatio Awards: Forging a new path forward

    2018 Innovatio Awards: Forging a new path forward

    Sep 20, 2018

    To make change and truly innovate requires focused work researching the possibilities.

  • We do things differently over here

    Sep 10, 2018

    When your corporate headquarters is in Canada but 75 per cent of your corporate operations and revenue are outside of Canada, just how do you practise law?

  • World Cup lessons

    Jul 23, 2018

    In order to celebrate this international showcase of soccer talent, pride and sportsmanship, I would like to share a few insights that came from watching (a lot of) the games and how these can apply to the practice of law and your career as an in-house counsel.

  • The ‘counsel’ in ‘general counsel’

    Jul 9, 2018

    General counsel can and should be valuable members of the organizations they serve. To add to the complexity, general counsel often have multiple roles within the organization spanning different countries and businesses.

  • Advocating for diversity in-house

    Advocating for diversity in-house

    Jul 3, 2018

    As the director, legal counsel for Choice Properties REIT in Toronto, 33-year-old commercial real estate lawyer Jennifer Asnani juggles her in-house role with her duties as the president of the South Asian Bar Association of Toronto — all while striving to promote diversity and mentorship opportunities in the legal profession.

  • AIG lawyers show they can serve up pro bono on demand

    AIG lawyers show they can serve up pro bono on demand

    May 28, 2018

    In-house lawyers may think their day job expertise doesn’t translate well to improving access to justice for the average person, but a group of five lawyers at AIG Canada recently discovered they have hidden talents that can change the lives of many in just one day.

  • Siemens piloted AI diligence tools on recent transaction

    Siemens piloted AI diligence tools on recent transaction

    Apr 16, 2018

    Richard Brait is always looking for new ways to get work done more efficiently in-house at Siemens Canada. In fact, it’s part of the global legal team’s innovation challenge to come up with ways to approach work differently.

  • Wage gap narrowing for in-house

    Wage gap narrowing for in-house

    Mar 13, 2018

    The largest salary divide between men and women in-house in Canada exists in the most senior roles for equivalent work and diversity remains a challenge, but as more young lawyers make the switch from private practice sooner in their career that gap should close, according to a recent survey.

  • Managing risk at the Canadian Red Cross

    Managing risk at the Canadian Red Cross

    Mar 5, 2018

    Amy Avis is the general counsel at the Canadian Red Cross in Ottawa. At 31 years old, she is bringing her millennial mindset to the job.

  • Riding the winds of change 4

    Riding the winds of change 4

    Feb 12, 2018

    In the fourth and final video from the Canadian Lawyer InHouse View 2018 series, sponsored by Fasken, Grant Borbridge, senior vice president, legal and general counsel at MEG Energy talks about coming out of the downturn in the oil sector and working towards greater transparency around environmental issues.

  • Riding the winds of change 3

    Riding the winds of change 3

    Feb 5, 2018

    In the third of four videos from the Canadian Lawyer InHouse View 2018 series, sponsored by Fasken, Nicola-Jane McNeill, senior vice president and general counsel at Impark talks about the challenges of managing in a growing company and the importance of cybersecurity in protecting client data.

  • Riding the winds of change 2

    Riding the winds of change 2

    Feb 2, 2018

    In the second of four videos from the Canadian Lawyer InHouse View 2018 series, sponsored by Fasken, David Felicissimo, general counsel of Valnet Inc., discusses the growth and intellectual property challenges he deals with at the online media publishing company based in Montreal.