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Tuesday, February 18, 2020 @ 9:04 AM

Boosting the rate of technology adoption | Aaron Baer

For many observers of the legal industry, the seemingly glacial change of innovation can be astounding. After all, it’s not unreasonable to wonder how the use of data analytics, process mapping or new technology within a law firm can be considered to be innovative. But the reality is that lawyers (and law firms) are often resistant to change. Being trained to identify all potential risks and being subject to a system that relies so heavily on precedent doesn’t exactly align itself well to change. And of course, there’s the incentive misalignment that will remain present in the legal profession so long as the billable hour reigns supreme. ... [read more]

Friday, February 14, 2020 @ 12:13 PM

Caution: Attempted fixes to employer-employee relationship sometimes off target arrows

A recent appellate decision serves as a good reminder for all employers (and employment lawyers) of three key employment law principles: 1) to carefully review your termination clauses; 2) years of service as a dependent contractor is included in calculating years of service, and 3) be very careful when implementing new policies even if the intention is to help employees and preserve their jobs during difficult economic times. ... [read more]

Friday, February 14, 2020 @ 9:41 AM

Firms team up to offer enterprise cybersecurity crisis response offering

Ernst & Young LLP (EY Canada), Norton Rose Fulbright and Provident Communications Inc. announced that they have joined forces to launch a comprehensive data breach crisis response offering providing enterprise clients with a single, fully integrated source for cybersecurity, legal and crisis communications expertise. ... [read more]

Friday, February 14, 2020 @ 8:15 AM

Top 10 business decisions of 2019: From orphan wells to Vavilov trilogy top_ten_sm

As the second in our two-part series listing the Top 10 business decisions of 2019, here are the five cases that lead the class, in ascending order. ... [read more]

Thursday, February 13, 2020 @ 1:37 PM - Last Updated: Thursday, February 13, 2020 @ 4:58 PM

Use external counsel to prevent burning out in-house lawyers: SNC-Lavalin VP Arden Furlotte

As part of a recent lecture series in Toronto, SNC-Lavalin’s vice-president of legal drew on her company’s high-profile fraud scandal to give a gripping talk about the importance of bringing in outside counsel to help handle major crises. ... [read more]

Thursday, February 13, 2020 @ 9:02 AM

Adapting to change: Five Key mindsets for adding value arrow_blocks_sm

Expectations of in-house counsel are changing. General counsel and their teams are being challenged to “add value” in their interactions with business. But what does this translate to in practice? ... [read more]

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 @ 1:37 PM

The inevitable collision between AI and law of arbitration AI_arbitration_sm

The use of artificial intelligence (AI) to resolve disputes is a market disrupter. The legal profession has yet to feel the effects of AI nor is it prepared to deal with it. As it relates to the law of arbitration, there is an inevitable and imminent collision coming that will bring uncertainty to arbitration itself. ... [read more]

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 @ 10:51 AM

New general counsel for WestJet

WestJet announced that Angela Avery will be joining the airline as executive vice-president, general counsel and corporate secretary starting Feb. 17. ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 @ 2:10 PM

Immigrants beware: IRS, CRA operate differently canada_u.s._tax_sm

For immigration purposes, life would be easier if the Internal Revenue Service in the United States and the Canada Revenue Agency in Canada were on the same page. But they are not, and for this reason people must be aware of their status for tax obligations. ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 @ 8:43 AM

Stopping coronavirus: Precautions for business travellers coronavirus_stop_sm

For the past month, the world has been on alert after the identification of a novel coronavirus. Governments around the world have been taking action to stop the spread of the disease across international borders. However, the primary responsibility to ensure the containment of the virus falls to individual travellers themselves. There are a number of steps that should be taken by business travellers during this state of emergency to ensure that each is doing their part to protect the public health. ... [read more]