Cheryl Foy is university secretary and general counsel at UOIT in Oshawa, Ontario and can be reached by e-mail at email@example.com.
Column: Practising In-house
Column: Practising In-house
Monday, 09 April 2012 09:36
Monday, 12 March 2012 12:43
We regularly lose our humanity — not completely, but for moments at a time. What I mean by “humanity” is our ability to relate to those around us as human beings and to treat them with the respect with which we would like to be treated. We step behind the wheels of our cars and assume the role of driver in a hurry — impatient with those who get in our way.
Monday, 13 February 2012 09:42
Insurance — getting the right kind, properly fulfilling the associated obligations, and taking advantage of the coverage when it exists — represents an ongoing challenge for companies without a competent insurance expert. It is incumbent on you as an in-house lawyer to become familiar with the company’s policies of insurance. You cannot do your job properly unless you do this. Most of our clients either misunderstand or have a limited understanding of their insurance policies. Over the years I have encountered some key things to keep an eye on:
Monday, 09 January 2012 11:20
A friend and former colleague, who has spent many years as general counsel to several organizations, recently moved into a role as chief operating officer. There is a piece in this month’s Canadian Lawyer InHouse magazine about Riccardo Trecroce, who also at one point in his career moved into the role of chief executive officer. These moves are still relatively few in number but certainly not unheard of.
Monday, 12 December 2011 09:41
Do your own insecurities, biases, and risk tolerances cost your company money in external legal fees? That’s a question I have been mulling over ever since I recently heard the managing partner of a non “seven-sister” firm suggesting that in-house counsel pay too much because they insist on going to the big firms for matters that smaller firms can do just as well and much less expensively.
Monday, 14 November 2011 09:27
Getting to know who you are, what you’re good or not so good at, what your blind spots are, and how others perceive you is one of the best things you can do to enhance your effectiveness in any in-house role.
Monday, 10 October 2011 09:59
Every businessperson prides him or herself on being able to negotiate well. Very few do. As in-house counsel, you are in the best position to improve your company’s approach to negotiations. Blast the myth that in-house counsel simply “paper the deals” — we don’t (at least not if we’re doing our jobs well). So what do you need to do to move the negotiation skills bar upward in your organization?
Monday, 12 September 2011 10:44
I have spent most of my in-house career as the only lawyer and general counsel and most often I have been the first full-time lawyer in the organization. I have recently assumed the role of GC at my third organization. I have had many conversations over the years with other in-house counsel in similar positions about our shared experiences. Two key approaches are necessary to be successful and to make a difference both as a first/new lawyer or as a lawyer in a growing role in an organization:
Monday, 08 August 2011 09:26