Jan 26, 2018
In the first of four videos from the Canadian Lawyer InHouse View 2018 series, sponsored by Fasken, Martha Binks, general counsel, director of legal services and assistant corporate secretary of Allstate Insurance Company of Canada discusses the challenges she is dealing with for the year ahead, including growth of the business and regulatory demands.
Jan 22, 2018
Life is never dull in-house; just ask these four general counsel from Ontario, British Columbia, Quebec and Alberta. Their companies are pushing for growth and they are there to answer the call.They tell us what's in store for their departments in the year ahead.
Dec 11, 2017
Denise Dwyer is using her racialized experience to find solutions for black and indigenous youth.
Nov 20, 2017
Legal department management and cybersecurity topped the list of concerns in Canadian Lawyer’s Annual Corporate Counsel Survey.
- Nov 17, 2017
Legal departments are showing themselves to be cost effective, but they are still sending out a good portion of work to external providers, according to a survey from the Corporate Legal Operations Consortium.
Oct 17, 2017
WASHINGTON, D.C. — A leading authority on technology’s impact on business and society says blockchain will be the biggest driver of change for in-house counsel in the coming decade.
- Oct 10, 2017
As companies are getting more and more technologically advanced, some in-house lawyers may ask themselves, “Where in the world is our company’s data stored?” Data residency specifically refers to the physical or geographic location of an organization’s data including personal data of its customers.
Sep 22, 2017
Once a legal department or law firm has decided to invest in a significant piece of legal technology, determining the ROI and applied benefits can be daunting. Convincing users it can improve their life and getting good adoption can be even more so.
Sep 19, 2017
I was asked to write about how I innovate as an in-house lawyer. My immediate answer was “stop thinking like a lawyer.” We are trained as lawyers to protect against risk and to get the best deal possible for our client. While my legal training has been instrumental to the value I bring, my successes to date would not have been possible if I was driven primarily by risk mitigation and getting the best deal possible.
- Sep 18, 2017
I recently attended the Hispanic National Bar Association’s 42nd Annual Convention which took place from Sept. 6 – Sept. 9 in Kansas City. This convention did not disappoint, as it was an incredible opportunity to network with law students, community representatives, government officials and legal professionals from the Hispanic and the diversity community from across the U.S. (plus myself and a few colleagues from Latin America). It was made very clear throughout the convention that, despite good intentions and a valiant effort, diversity and inclusiveness within the legal profession remain elusive and the needle has, if at all, only barely moved.
- Aug 21, 2017
It is essential that in-house counsel remain at all times not just a manager of risk and litigation but rather a strategic partner with the business team.
Aug 8, 2017
Canadian Lawyer’s top 25 Most Influential in the justice system and legal profession in Canada is now in its eighth year.
- Jul 24, 2017
I have often made reference to the fact that, in my humble opinion, lawyers (both in private practice and inhouse counsel) must become increasingly comfortable with using social media to promote not only their achievements and relevant or interesting best practices or developments in their legal practice area, but also to build and grow their personal brand and networks.
Jul 10, 2017
In the 12 years Canadian Lawyer InHouse has been conducting its annual general counsel roundtable, we have routinely put questions about external law firm relationships and managing resources internally on the agenda for discussion.
Jul 10, 2017
As fears mount that external law firms could be targets for hackers, in-house counsel are wondering just how secure the connection is to their outside advisers. In the last year or so, the FBI and other authorities have identified law firms as the weak links in the confidential information chain.
Jul 10, 2017
As Cineplex Entertainment’s chief legal officer for the past 13 years, Anne Fitzgerald played a key role in the movie exhibitor’s growth, first into the dominant cinema chain in Canada, then into a fully nation-wide exhibitor.
Jul 10, 2017
There is no longer doubt that a pre-eminent election promise of the Liberal government will come to pass; that of the legalization of recreational marijuana.
- Jul 10, 2017
If you want to look to where real change is going to happen in terms of the structure and performance of legal departments and law firms in the next five years, consider the work being done at the Corporate Legal Operations Consortium.
- Jun 19, 2017
As I sat in my chair at the Canadian General Counsel Awards and looked around the sold out room, beyond the wonderful tuxes and dresses, the smiles and the great food, two important things ran through my mind.