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Andriessen to chair civil litigation seminar

Toronto business lawyer Inga Andriessen is set to host a civil litigation seminar today covering topics including how to remain civil and professional in the courtroom. The ... Read more

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Even small businesses should register their trademarks

By Inga Andriessen The word trademark sounds important to many. It sounds big.  It sounds expensive.  As a result, many small businesses believe that registering a trademark ... Read more

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Not-for-profits should comply with CNCA now, amend later

The deadline for not-for-profit organizations to comply with new federal legislation is only days away – and those corporations still using this opportunity to revise their purpose ... Read more

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Written retainer helpful in avoiding unpaid legal bills

When it comes to ensuring legal bills are paid on time, it's shocking how many lawyers operate without a written retainer, Toronto business lawyer Inga Andriessen tells ... Read more

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Employers, it’s getting harder to prove 'undue hardship'

By Inga Andriessen As a business law firm, a growing part of our practice is advising and representing employers in applications before the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario ... Read more

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Chinese court's bribery fine shows changing compliance risk

A Chinese court's recent move to find a subsidiary of pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline plc (GSK) guilty of bribing health officials provides some important lessons for ... Read more

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The new code of conduct for lawyers

By Inga Andriessen So, the public might imagine that the Law Society of Upper Canada’s release of new Rules of Conduct for lawyers next month is directly tied to the lawyer who ... Read more

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Treating employees well key to fraud prevention

A recent uptick in corporate fraud – motivated by the economic downturn and the resulting staff reductions that have placed more responsibility on fewer employees – highlights the ... Read more

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Not-for-profits must handle federal transition with care

With the deadline to comply with the new Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act (CNCA) fast approaching, federal not-for-profit corporations should be aware of some of the pitfalls ... Read more

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Knowing menu options key before client lunch

Taking clients out for lunch provides a comfortable environment in which to discuss legal issues, but it is always a good idea to get up to speed on the menu first, says Toronto ... Read more

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Resource payment legislation imminent as hurdles clear

As two main legal obstacles to mandatory resource payment reporting in Canada have recently cleared, so   Canadian mining and oil and gas companies should ... Read more

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The lawyer as mentor

By Inga Andriessen As a business lawyer, my favourite hat to wear is that of business litigator. I truly enjoy my role in the court room above any other. Read More at ... Read more

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The expectation of privacy at work and in work emails

By Inga Andriessen I read a column in the Globe & Mail this week called “Nine to Five.” An employee had written in complaining that her boss was in her office, looking ... Read more

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Key role for counsel in renewable energy innovation

Following the Liberal majority victory in June’s Ontario provincial election, the themes of stability, differentiation and innovation are likely to have a significant impact on ... Read more

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Resource transparency set to change contract negotiation landscape

For many companies, new legislation that will mandate the public disclosure of resource payments means an “unprecedented opportunity” to gain competitive intelligence into what ... Read more

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Increasing small claims court limit would result in more delays

Alberta’s recent move to double its dollar limit for small claims court from $25,000 to $50,000 is not an idea Ontario should consider adopting to help improve access to the ... Read more

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Jail sentence highlights importance of following court orders

A businessman was recently sent to jail for 10 days for repeated failures to obey court orders in a case that reinforces the serious consequences of such actions, says Toronto ... Read more

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U.S. anti-bribery case cautionary tale for Canadian firms

American gun manufacturer Smith & Wesson’s recent settlement for violations under the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) provides important lessons for Canadian ... Read more

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A new way to be a licensed lawyer in Ontario (it might be the better way)

By Inga Andriessen I’ve been called to the Bar of Ontario since 1993 – that’s 21 years for those keeping score. In order to become a lawyer I had to: 1. graduate from law ... Read more

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Arbitrators have discretion to order public hearings

A decision to order that an arbitration be held in public underscores that arbitrators have discretion to rule such matters be conducted at an open hearing, Toronto lawyers  Ryder ... Read more

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