Hong Kong has forged ahead. So, too, has Japan. A host of small countries and territories also have quickly moved forward, eager to roll out the welcome mat for nascent crypto-currency companies and projects searching for regulatory certainty.
The new year is always a good time to take stock and do some tidying up. In speaking to some in-house counsel it seems they all might benefit from the legal department equivalent of applying Japanese consultant Marie Kondo’s philosophy around decluttering when it comes to IP issues and labour and employment law challenges — take inventory and find order around the various patents and trademarks and employment law legislative challenges that linger in the corners.
From banking and manufacturing to tech and insurance, these in-house counsel are focused on the changing business objectives of the companies they serve.
When Aniz Alani arrived at the City of Abbotsford in early 2017 as the municipality’s first in-house counsel, he quickly identified one area in particular he knew he needed to get some control over — managing the bills coming in from external law firms.
This article is a bit like the opening act in a play. Its aim is to introduce the cast of characters — our legal team at Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation — and the themes we’ll be exploring over the next five bi-monthly columns.
While alternative fee arrangements and seeking out external law firms with a diverse roster of lawyers were not top of mind for most in-house counsel who participated in Canadian Lawyer’s 2018 Corporate Counsel Survey, the billable-hour model and developing external counsel relationships were.
Michael McKinney has seen a dramatic evolution of First Nations self-governance in the last three decades, going from a period of little to no recognition to now a period in which the Sawridge First Nation has signed a memorandum of understanding with the federal government to gain further recognition for self-determination.