Inhouse counsel

  • World Cup lessons

    Jul 23, 2018

    In order to celebrate this international showcase of soccer talent, pride and sportsmanship, I would like to share a few insights that came from watching (a lot of) the games and how these can apply to the practice of law and your career as an in-house counsel.

  • The ‘counsel’ in ‘general counsel’

    Jul 9, 2018

    General counsel can and should be valuable members of the organizations they serve. To add to the complexity, general counsel often have multiple roles within the organization spanning different countries and businesses.

  • Advocating for diversity in-house

    Advocating for diversity in-house

    Jul 3, 2018

    As the director, legal counsel for Choice Properties REIT in Toronto, 33-year-old commercial real estate lawyer Jennifer Asnani juggles her in-house role with her duties as the president of the South Asian Bar Association of Toronto — all while striving to promote diversity and mentorship opportunities in the legal profession.

  • AIG lawyers show they can serve up pro bono on demand

    AIG lawyers show they can serve up pro bono on demand

    May 28, 2018

    In-house lawyers may think their day job expertise doesn’t translate well to improving access to justice for the average person, but a group of five lawyers at AIG Canada recently discovered they have hidden talents that can change the lives of many in just one day.

  • Siemens piloted AI diligence tools on recent transaction

    Siemens piloted AI diligence tools on recent transaction

    Apr 16, 2018

    Richard Brait is always looking for new ways to get work done more efficiently in-house at Siemens Canada. In fact, it’s part of the global legal team’s innovation challenge to come up with ways to approach work differently.

  • Wage gap narrowing for in-house

    Wage gap narrowing for in-house

    Mar 13, 2018

    The largest salary divide between men and women in-house in Canada exists in the most senior roles for equivalent work and diversity remains a challenge, but as more young lawyers make the switch from private practice sooner in their career that gap should close, according to a recent survey.

  • Managing risk at the Canadian Red Cross

    Managing risk at the Canadian Red Cross

    Mar 5, 2018

    Amy Avis is the general counsel at the Canadian Red Cross in Ottawa. At 31 years old, she is bringing her millennial mindset to the job.

  • Riding the winds of change 4

    Riding the winds of change 4

    Feb 12, 2018

    In the fourth and final video from the Canadian Lawyer InHouse View 2018 series, sponsored by Fasken, Grant Borbridge, senior vice president, legal and general counsel at MEG Energy talks about coming out of the downturn in the oil sector and working towards greater transparency around environmental issues.

  • Riding the winds of change 3

    Riding the winds of change 3

    Feb 5, 2018

    In the third of four videos from the Canadian Lawyer InHouse View 2018 series, sponsored by Fasken, Nicola-Jane McNeill, senior vice president and general counsel at Impark talks about the challenges of managing in a growing company and the importance of cybersecurity in protecting client data.

  • Riding the winds of change 2

    Riding the winds of change 2

    Feb 2, 2018

    In the second of four videos from the Canadian Lawyer InHouse View 2018 series, sponsored by Fasken, David Felicissimo, general counsel of Valnet Inc., discusses the growth and intellectual property challenges he deals with at the online media publishing company based in Montreal.

  • Riding the winds of change

    Riding the winds of change

    Jan 26, 2018

    In the first of four videos from the Canadian Lawyer InHouse View 2018 series, sponsored by Fasken, Martha Binks, general counsel, director of legal services and assistant corporate secretary of Allstate Insurance Company of Canada discusses the challenges she is dealing with for the year ahead, including growth of the business and regulatory demands.

  • View 2018: Riding the winds of change

    View 2018: Riding the winds of change

    Jan 22, 2018

    Life is never dull in-house; just ask these four general counsel from Ontario, British Columbia, Quebec and Alberta. Their companies are pushing for growth and they are there to answer the call.They tell us what's in store for their departments in the year ahead.

  • Leading change within government

    Leading change within government

    Dec 11, 2017

    Denise Dwyer is using her racialized experience to find solutions for black and indigenous youth.

  • What keeps in-house counsel up at night

    What keeps in-house counsel up at night

    Nov 20, 2017

    Legal department management and cybersecurity topped the list of concerns in Canadian Lawyer’s Annual Corporate Counsel Survey.

  • CLOC survey shows in-house legal departments cost less, but external still getting big piece of budget

    Nov 17, 2017

    Legal departments are showing themselves to be cost effective, but they are still sending out a good portion of work to external providers, according to a survey from the Corporate Legal Operations Consortium.

  • Blockchain will disrupt the world of in-house counsel

    Blockchain will disrupt the world of in-house counsel

    Oct 17, 2017

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — A leading authority on technology’s impact on business and society says blockchain will be the biggest driver of change for in-house counsel in the coming decade.

  • Where in the world is your company’s data stored?

    Oct 10, 2017

    As companies are getting more and more technologically advanced, some in-house lawyers may ask themselves, “Where in the world is our company’s data stored?” Data residency specifically refers to the physical or geographic location of an organization’s data including personal data of its customers.

  • Training, metrics, ROI and looking for the Viagra effect

    Training, metrics, ROI and looking for the Viagra effect

    Sep 22, 2017

    Once a legal department or law firm has decided to invest in a significant piece of legal technology, determining the ROI and applied benefits can be daunting. Convincing users it can improve their life and getting good adoption can be even more so.

  • How I innovate in-house: Stop thinking like a lawyer

    How I innovate in-house: Stop thinking like a lawyer

    Sep 19, 2017

    I was asked to write about how I innovate as an in-house lawyer. My immediate answer was “stop thinking like a lawyer.” We are trained as lawyers to protect against risk and to get the best deal possible for our client. While my legal training has been instrumental to the value I bring, my successes to date would not have been possible if I was driven primarily by risk mitigation and getting the best deal possible.

  • How can law firms and in-house departments move the needle on diversity?

    Sep 18, 2017

    I recently attended the Hispanic National Bar Association’s 42nd Annual Convention which took place from Sept. 6 – Sept. 9 in Kansas City. This convention did not disappoint, as it was an incredible opportunity to network with law students, community representatives, government officials and legal professionals from the Hispanic and the diversity community from across the U.S. (plus myself and a few colleagues from Latin America). It was made very clear throughout the convention that, despite good intentions and a valiant effort, diversity and inclusiveness within the legal profession remain elusive and the needle has, if at all, only barely moved.