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.
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Monday, 10 July 2017 09:30

Managing growth in the new economy

Managing growth in the  new economyIn 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.
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Monday, 10 July 2017 09:00

Managing growth in the spotlight

Managing growth in the spotlightAs 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. Now she’s helping Cineplex diversify away from reliance on theatre box-office and concession-stand revenues into a variety of new but related businesses.
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Contemplating marijuana in the workplaceThere 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. The target date is Canada Day, 2018. This new regime will bring with it a host of challenges for employers that will require action in the coming months to ensure that policies, procedures and practices are relevant to workplace realities and responsive to legitimate concerns regarding job performance and safety. Those employers who function under the illusion that they can continue without written policies or will be able to rely upon current protocols without legal review may be in for a rude awakening.
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Nice guys and gals always finish . . . first!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. First, how incredible it is to see a room so full of capable, knowledgeable and accomplished external counsel, in-house counsel and other leaders of industry who are no longer actively practising law. This, I will admit, is always a great reason for attending wonderful events like the CGCA and the Innovatio Awards.
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Tracking spending and diversity at PayPal and GEFrom spending to diversity, companies such as PayPal and GE are tracking and measuring a variety of aspects of work they do with their external counsel as it moves through their busy legal department and it’s putting law firms on their toes.
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Monday, 24 April 2017 09:01

Mapping out an e-discovery strategy

Mapping out an e-discovery strategyThe numbers on e-discovery projects can be staggering both from a dollar and document perspective. E-discovery can represent 50 per cent of the cost in a litigation matter. It can also be a process where 50,000 documents are looked at for 200 that really matter.
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Does your in-house legal department have a formal written business plan? If you do, you’re among the approximately 25 per cent that do in Canada.
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Monday, 17 April 2017 09:00

Legal offshoring will soon be Uberized

Legal offshoring will soon be UberizedMuch has been written lately in regard to in-house legal departments offshoring work to non-traditional legal providers, be they firms or individuals in countries where legal services are available inexpensively.
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The ‘plus-shaped’ lawyer for the 21st centuryThe Canadian Corporate Counsel Association’s national spring conference wrapped up Tuesday afternoon in Toronto. I was honoured and privileged to act, along with my colleague Mary Ellen Bench, as the co-chairperson for such a wonderful event. Speakers from across the country spoke on topical issues such as CASL compliance, the changing United States/Canada relationship, modernizing insurance coverage, drafting 101 and more.
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