In-house views of remote work diverge significantly

By Julius Melnitzer | July 18, 2023

The “working from home” controversy, it appears, is no less intense among legal departments than it is elsewhere.

The degree of the divide is evident from the breadth of the opinion spectrum: at one extreme are traditionalists on this issue like Fernando Garcia, who has over 15 years of experience as a general counsel providing strategic and legal advice on Canada-wide and international legal matters; at the other are law department leaders like Andrea Wood, chief legal and governance officer at Telus, a company that has given employees a choice as to how they wish to work since 2006, to the great satisfaction of both employees and company leadership.

In June 2022, Garcia wrote an article for Canadian Lawyer headlined “Working from home is a career killer for lawyers.” The piece went viral. MORE . . .

Julius Melnitzer is a Toronto-based legal affairs writer, ghostwriter, writing coach and media trainer. Readers can reach him at [email protected] or


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