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Canadian Lawyer InHouse
For our 10th annual InHouse Annual General Counsel Roundtable we went to the great city of Montreal, where five experienced corporate counsel, who clearly love their work and are passionate about the role they play in enabling business, discussed at length the issues that consume their days and what makes for strong external law firm relationships.



Video: 10th annual InHouse general counsel roundtable — Managing external counsel

Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
In the coming days, Canadian Lawyer InHouse will begin posting videos from the general counsel roundtable, moderated by Jennifer Brown and sponsored by Langlois Kronström Desjardins. In the first of four such videos, participants discuss how they approach the relationship with external counsel.

Controversial court security act proclaimed into law
Law Times
A new provincial law intended to increase security at courthouses and other facilities gives police overly broad powers and may even be unconstitutional, according to some Ontario lawyers.

Dentons buzz dizzying as firm seeks aggressive expansion
Law Times
The media buzz around Dentons is dizzying and, in many ways, confusing as the firm advances aggressive expansion plans.

Lawyers happy as new courthouse moves forward
Law Times
Work is already beginning at the site of the massive new courthouse planned for Toronto but it's likely to be several years before it opens its doors, according to the Ministry of the Attorney General.

Canada enters new phase for white-collar crime
Lexpert
Companies may have made strikes in compliance and reporting in recent years; now comes the next phase of combating white-collar crime in Canada.

Managing between waves
Canadian Lawyer InHouse
After years of managing in a boom economy, in-house lawyers in Western Canada and the North are still busy, but adjusting to a different pace.



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Is it the end of big box?
Canadian Lawyer InHouse
The exit of Target Canada opened up nearly 10 per cent of large retail space in the country. But the retail and commercial real-estate sectors in Canada have already moved on to confront the long-term challenges facing their industries and these issues have little to do with what happened to Target.

Uncertainties in Canada's resource sector
Canadian Lawyer InHouse
Existing and future land claims and doubts on environmental rules have added a layer of uncertainty to an already difficult environment in the Canadian mining and resource sector, as companies struggle for development cash in a nervous and unsettled market.

Achieving invoice clarity
Canadian Lawyer InHouse
Tracking law firm invoices can be a time-consuming task for any legal department, but especially so for Robert Shapiro, the senior global lead patent attorney with Apotex Inc. Shapiro manages the pharmaceutical company's legal relationships with many external providers.

Relief for franchisors
Lexpert
Ontario has backtracked on legislation that would have designated franchisors as restaurant operators, responsible for following through on new menu-labelling rules, even though it's the individual owners who run the restaurants and make such day-to-day decisions.

Canada Post's Charter challenge
Canadian Lawyer InHouse
As Canada Post Corp. proceeds with its five-year plan to phase out door-to-door mail delivery in favour of community mailboxes, it is facing a Charter challenge from its major union, the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, joined by several seniors organizations.

Hamilton has 'arguable case' in Canada Post appeal
Law Times
While the Ontario Superior Court of Justice has shot down the City of Hamilton's bylaw aimed at regulating Canada Post Corp.'s placement of community mailboxes within its boundaries, at least one prominent lawyer thinks the municipality has a feasible argument to appeal the ruling.

More details on lawyer who wrote fake orders
Law Times
Brian Nicholson, a disbarred lawyer in hot water for creating fake court orders in his client's favour, must now pay $10,000 in costs to the Law Society of Upper Canada. Click
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Court offers ray of environmental hope
Law Times, editorial
In Canada, any progress on greenhouse gas emissions and addressing climate change will most likely come from areas other than the body that's in the best position to do something on a meaningful scale: the Canadian Parliament.

The value (and profit) of relationships
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, editorial
It's not that AFAs can't work, but there is still too much that hasn't changed between the law firm model and what in-house clients are dealing with internally.

Lawyers sexually harassing articling students is a thing
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
Senior lawyers preying on the vulnerabilities of articling students and sabotaging their development is reprehensible and all too common, writes Ted Flett in his Ab Initio column.


Video: Making Rain — Call your business plan a summary
Canadian Lawyer, online
This month, executive coach Debra Forman helps you get past the terrifying prospect of drafting a business plan.

Time to revisit Sattva on the standard of review?
Law Times
The Supreme Court may soon have an opportunity to revisit the standard of review question, if it so chooses, with an application for leave to appeal filed in Ledcor. Guidance from our highest court will enhance the uniformity and predictability of decisions, writes civil litigator Anna Wong in this week's Speaker's Corner.

Guidance in secured transactions involving mortgages on real property
Canadian Lawyer, online
The recent Ontario Court of Appeal decision in P.A.R.C.E.L. Inc. v. Acquaviva provides helpful guidance and reminders to lawyers advising borrowers and lenders in secured transactions involving mortgages on real property, write business litigators Jeffrey Larry and Lindsay Scott.

Finding a place between clients and critters
Canadian Lawyer InHouse
In her column, In Closing, Neda Navabi describes what it's like to be a marketing and advertising in-house lawyer in the telco industry.

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