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Managing risk in-house
Canadian Lawyer InHouse
The cover story of the August/September issue features the seventh annual Canadian Lawyer InHouse/ACC general counsel roundtable discussing the significant role they play in managing the risk of the organizations they work for and how they have become trusted advisers in the process. There is also a series of four videos from the roundtable, moderated by Jennifer Brown and sponsored by WeirFoulds LLP. Click here to view the first video where participants discuss whether external counsel can play a role in risk management.

Appeal court widens door to non-earner benefits
Law Times, online
Accident benefits claimants who return to work after their motor vehicle accidents may find it easier to obtain non-earner benefits following a ruling by the Ontario Court of Appeal last week.

A lack of substance
Canadian Lawyer InHouse
The Ontario Securities Commission has fired a shot across the bows of emerging market companies listed on Canadian stock exchanges and those involved in bringing them to market in a scathing report that accused boards of directors, underwriters, auditors, and exchanges of falling short in their obligations.

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Lawyers have mixed reviews on Newmarket's new triage court
Law Times, online
A new triage court and other changes to criminal matters at a notoriously busy Toronto-area courthouse are causing some lawyers to question whether the government is getting too aggressive in trying to speed matters up.

New online LLM in Chinese law offered
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
In an effort to attract more international students, the Beijing Foreign Studies University will soon be offering Chinese law programs online.

FSCO seeking to outsource mediations
Law Times, online
As the Ontario Court of Appeal gets ready to decide the fate of thousands of accident benefits claimants who are stuck in limbo as they wait for mediation at the Financial Services Commission of Ontario, there are indications FSCO is in the midst of instituting a new system to address the backlog.

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The evolution of the external relationship
Canadian Lawyer InHouse
There has been a lot of talk over the years of the importance of law firms stepping up to offer added value, alternative fee arrangements, and better relationship management to clients. What's often left out of that discussion is how law firms and in-house counsel work, over time, to iron out bumps in the road and change up what works for them and their respective business units as the relationship evolves.

Mind the disclosure gap
Canadian Lawyer InHouse
Tony Wilson gets a lot of calls from desperate franchise owners. Not the sophisticated or the wealthy, but small-time operators who re-mortgaged homes or borrowed money from family members, and then lost their shirts in the process, or were bullied by the company they invested with.

Forensic investigators invited to meet and confer
Law Times, online
As lawyers become more comfortable with the meet-and-confer provisions of the Rules of Civil Procedure, they're starting to recognize the importance of bringing a knowledgeable guest along to the discussions.



Advocacy in-house
Canadian Lawyer InHouse
As a woman in law, the issue of diversity has been of interest and concern from Day 1 for Tracey Durand, senior vice president and general counsel of Sodexo Canada.

McCarthys lawyer takes Ryerson post
Law Times, online
McCarthy Tétrault LLP partner Grant Buchanan is taking his expertise in the telecommunications field to Ryerson University as a distinguished visiting scholar. Click here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.

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Can you afford not to?
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, editorial
When Target comes to Canada this summer, the retailer's legal department is bringing with it rigorous practices regarding fixed fee arrangements and use of billing and matter-management software, writes editor Jennifer Brown.

B.C. custody and access assessments need reform: report
Canadian Lawyer, online
Imagine leaving a marriage after years of physical and emotional abuse, only to have a psychologist disbelieve your story and recommend custody of your kids to your ex spouse, writes Kasari Govender.

Forcing judges to judge old law erodes democracy
Law Times, online
Immigration Minister Jason Kenney got into trouble recently over his criticisms of individual Federal Court decisions, writes Louis Century in this week's Speaker's Corner.

Video: Making Rain — episode 29 — Shift your 'default' tendencies and expectations
Canadian Lawyer, online
In this month's business development and practice management coaching column, executive coach Debra Forman helps you shift your "default" tendencies and expectations when it comes to taking next steps with your business development goals and practice management efforts.

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