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The annual Canadian Lawyer Corporate Counsel Survey is out, asking in-house, general, and corporate counsel about the operation of their legal departments with a focus on the relationship between corporate counsel and external law firms.

The results of the survey will be tabulated and presented in the November/December issue of Canadian Lawyer as well as an issue of InHouse, and are often cited at various legal seminars throughout the year.

As is our policy with every Canadian Lawyer survey, all answers will remain confidential and the results will only be presented in aggregate form. Please take a few minutes to fill out the here. The deadline for submitting responses is Sept. 14, 2015.

Thank you in advance for taking the time to participate.

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Lawyers advised to act quickly to get an edge on artificial intelligence
Law Times, online
Despite the concerns and potential pitfalls, lawyers need to get an early start on using artificial intelligence before it becomes widespread, the Canadian Bar Association's legal conference heard on Saturday.

Law firm partners can bring human rights claims, adjudicator rules
Law Times, online
The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario has rejected a law firm's attempt to dismiss a founding partner's human rights claim after finding significant distinctions in Ontario's Human Rights Code from the B.C. statute considered by the Supreme Court of Canada in McCormick v. Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP.

Ruling against prominent lawyer a cautionary tale about accepting funds from third parties
Law Times
Even experienced lawyers, it seems, can run into problems when accepting funds from a third party regarding a client matter. That's one of the key lessons from a recent Divisional Court of Justice decision involving one of Canada's most prominent criminal lawyers, Clayton Ruby of Ruby & Shiller in Toronto.

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SNC appoints new GC with expanded ethics oversight
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
Beleaguered engineering giant SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. — which has been rocked by multiple corruption scandals in recent years — has appointed a new general counsel and has expanded the role to include formal oversight of ethics and compliance.

U Vic to teach 'long overdue' course on anti-corruption
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
The University of Victoria Faculty of Law will introduce the first law course on global corruption to commence in September.

Ruling offers guidance on oppression versus derivative actions
Law Times
The Ontario Court of Appeal's decision in Rea v. Wildeboer earlier this year suggests that counsel should think carefully about the nature of the claims they advance in corporate stakeholder litigation.

Renu Mandhane to lead Human Rights Commission
Law Times
The provincial government has nominated Renu Mandhane as the next chief commissioner of the Ontario Human Rights Commission. Click
here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.

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The Internet of Everything is here – and it's scary!
Canadian Lawyer, online
In her column, The IT Girl, Lisa Lifshitz writes that, while the Internet of Things can offer enormous benefits to consumers, the IoT is not without risk. There are myriad legal and business issues associated with IoT products and services, and security and privacy concerns remain paramount.

Groia a formidable opponent in Hydro One sale
Law Times
We're still no closer to understanding how a carbon tax will work or how the Ontario pension plan will operate, writes Ian Havey in his Inside Queen's Park column. Indeed, we have no assurances the pension fund won't simply be a revenue tool.

What we can learn from other professions
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
The overwhelming sentiment in the legal profession is that the circumstances of other professionals are so different there is little we could borrow from them. This position, writes Ian Holloway in his Law School Futures column, is lazy and willfully blind.

Penny wise, pound foolish
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
In his In-house Coach column, Fernando Garcia says it's essential in making a business case to hire someone new/additional to the in-house team that the value the additional head count or replacement will add to the business is clearly communicated and quantified.

Relationship bonding: Sometimes, it's the little things that count
Canadian Lawyer, online
Sometimes, it takes one party to make the first move, to step back, to be thoughtful and considerate, writes Simone Hughes in her column, Make it Count. Making people feel good, important, and worthy pays it forward and develops strong bonds and wonderful relationships.


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