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Thursday, July 06, 2017 @ 09:29 AM

Appeal decision highlights dangers of poorly drafted release

When it comes to releases, the Ontario Court of Appeal has recently reminded litigators that precedents are dangerous and words do, in fact, matter. ... [read more]

Friday, June 16, 2017 @ 12:45 PM

Sigurdson honoured posthumously at CGCA for lifetime achievement

Stephen Sigurdson, who was executive vice-president and general counsel at Manulife until his death last November, was honoured posthumously for lifetime achievement at the 2017 Canadian General Counsel Awards, which were handed out in Toronto on June 15. ... [read more]

Friday, June 02, 2017 @ 09:03 AM

Branding, skillful mergers the keys to Big Law success | Julius Melnitzer

It used to be that beyond name recognition – logos and the like – branding served only a limited purpose for law firms who sold services based for the most part on the individual expertise of their lawyers or their practice groups. But as personal contact declined in a globalized, connected and online world, the elements that create and maintain relationships, personal or otherwise, have changed. As face time decreases and alternate modes of projection and communication emerge, of necessity a void is created. Branding is what fills that gap. It does so by establishing a framework within which today’s varied and frequently remote business connections – relationships if you will – can emerge and fortify. That’s why watching the Acritas Canada Law Firm Brand Index over the six-year life of the Index is so enlightening about the domestic legal market. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 01, 2017 @ 10:31 AM

Female general counsel gain ground on company boards, says Blakes study Alison Jeffrey

Female general counsel in Canada have made significant inroads on the boards of companies, outperforming their male counterparts, according to a new study by Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 18, 2017 @ 09:06 AM

Growing pains: The emerging role of IP in selling Canadian cannabis

Licensed producers and others looking to enter Canada’s medical or recreational cannabis industry should be thinking about how they will distinguish their business, products and services from others, in what will undoubtedly become a crowded and competitive marketplace. Intellectual property protection available under Canadian and foreign laws should be an important part of that strategy. ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 @ 08:59 AM

Trump’s tax plan may not be good for Canada

On April 26, 2017, the White House announced President Donald Trump’s new tax plan which promises what he says would be one of the biggest tax cuts in American history. He also says it would simplify the tax code. While the plan only outlines core principles, it does promise significant tax cuts, especially for corporations. However, Trump’s plan may not be such a welcome for non-Americans. ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 @ 06:08 AM

Changing role of corporate general counsel explored at innovation conference Ben Heineman

Today’s general counsels need to think of their role as being that of a lawyer-statesman and not as a silent partner within a company. ... [read more]

Friday, May 12, 2017 @ 11:48 AM

Flipping lawyers to design thinking

Lawyers are expected to do more than legal research and writing now. The pressure is on law firm lawyers and corporate legal department lawyers to be more efficient, to improve the level of service and user satisfaction and to provide more holistic, business-oriented guidance. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 11, 2017 @ 12:09 PM

Han joins WeirFoulds as partner

Susan Han has joined WeirFoulds as a partner, focusing on transaction-oriented securities work, including advising on the forming of investment vehicles (investment funds and non-investment funds) for mid-market sponsors. ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 09, 2017 @ 09:15 AM

Law commission releases study on culturally appropriate end of life care Omar Ha-Redeye

The Law Commission of Ontario (LCO) has released the final research paper in its "Improving the Last Stages of Life" project that looks to identify and recommend reforms that will impact people at the last stages of life. ... [read more]