In-House Counsel & Ethics

Matters of interest to lawyers working for companies and the ethical questions they face, as well as ethical issues relating to lawyers generally

BMO legal department’s pro bono efforts cross borders

Theresa Ducket says it’s not difficult to get buy-in for pro bono from her team By Julius Melnitzer | April 21, 2023 Law firms seem to do a much better job touting their pro bono work – not to mention themselves –  than do in-house legal departments. Surprising it may be, then, to discover that more […]

FCA rejects privilege for end product where claimant fails to show how document reveals legal advice

The danger is that CRA can use end products to reverse engineer legal advice By Julius Melnitzer | April 19, 2023 A recent Federal Court of Appeal decision has done little to assuage the uncertainty as to whether and when legal advice “end product” is subject to solicitor-client privilege. In BMO Nesbitt Burns Inc. v. Canada (National […]

Kashif Zaman, VP, legal at Toronto-Dominion Bank, on his new formula for success in-house

Zaman says integrating his M&A group with other departments is his proudest achievement so far By Julius Melnitzer | April 13, 2023 Serendipity and career path often intertwine – which is how Kashif Zaman finds himself helping steer the ship as vice-president, legal at the Toronto-Dominion Bank. Called in Ontario in 2002, Zaman articled at Torys […]

Rusty Juma lives his dream as Volkswagen’s new general counsel

Success in automotive industry isn’t that different from success in professional services, he says By Julius Melnitzer | April 12, 2023 Rusty Juma has spent his entire in-house career with professional services firms; he’s also been a car aficionado all his life. So, his new job as general counsel and corporate secretary to Volkswagen Group Canada Inc. and […]

Dow’s Lorne O’Reilly relishes being a one-person show

He’s the only in-house lawyer involved in the construction of the world’s largest ethylene cracker By Julius Melnitzer | April 5, 2023 When you think of Dow Chemical, you think big, which makes it somewhat surprising that Lorne O’Reilly is the only lawyer in Dow Chemical Canada’s legal department. But he relishes the opportunities his job […]

The LSO denies a paralegal license to an ex-police officer who masterminded a $3.1 million robbery

Bill Trudell says the profession believes in second chances By Julius Melnitzer | October 5, 2022 Ontario’s Law Society Tribunal has refused a paralegal license to an ex-police officer who masterminded a $3.1 million armoured vehicle heist in 1998. “Any applicant with problems in their past, including a criminal record, needs to have as clean […]

LSO tribunal allows lawyer accused of theft to practise in-house pending merits determination

Gavin MacKenzie says interim orders in disciplinary proceedings are meant to protect the public By Julius Melnitzer | September 28, 2022 A Law Society of Ontario tribunal has allowed a lawyer accused of having clients send firm funds to his personal account to continue practising in-house for a family corporation until his case is decided […]

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BARE BONES BRIEFS: BLG to manage Ivanhoé Cambridge leasing legal services | Study: junior counsel beat senior counsel as often as seniors beat them | Litigation funding fees capped | Judges need safety too | Top law firm bulletins

By Julius Melnitzer | November 11, 2021 IVANHOé CAMBRIDGE IN-HOUSE LAWYERS MOVE TO BLG “In-house” gets new meaning as part of Ivanhoé Cambridge’s (IC) law department moves to Borden Ladner Gervais LLP offices in Montreal and Toronto. All this pursuant to an agreement for BLG to manage legal services for shopping centres owned by IC, […]

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BARE BONES BRIEFS: Who invented Bitcoin? Court will decide | OCA upholds Diamond & Diamond partner sanction | Are self-driving cars racist? | LAWPRO’s new title insurance platform | Best law firm articles & webinars

By Julius Melnitzer | April 23, 2021 UK courts tackle Bitcoin inventor’s identity A British high court has facilitated a path forward for a case that could decide who invented bitcoin. It did so by allowing Craig Wright, an Australian computer scientist resident in the UK, to serve a copyright infringement claim against the publisher […]

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BARE BONES BRIEFS: Crown seeks juror challenge for transgender bias | Dismissed: first privacy class action heard on merits | Young lawyers suicidal | GC workload crisis: EY | PainWorth expands | Best law firm webinars

By Julius Melnitzer | April 8, 2021 Dismissed: first privacy class action heard on the merits Quebec Superior Court Justice Florence Lucas has dismissed the first class action regarding the loss of personal information that has been heard on the merits in Canada. Anne Merminod in Borden Ladner Gervais LLP’s office in Montreal, lead counsel […]

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