News & Publications Results

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Death of the Spacing Unit 20.11.13
A Canadian Model of Corporate Governance: Insights from Canada's Leading Legal Practitioners

Three Lawson Lundell Partners, Rita Andreone, QC, John Smith, and Michael Lee participated as leading legal practitioners in the recent study "A Canadian Model of Corporate Governance: Insights from Canada's Leading Legal Practitioners." 

Supreme Court of Canada Declares Alberta Privacy Legislation Invalid

The Supreme Court of Canada today issued its much anticipated decision in Alberta (Information and Privacy Commissioner) v. United Food and Commercial Workers, Local 401, 2013 SCC 62, a decision which addresses the balancing of privacy rights with the rights of freedom of expression under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Kinji Bourchier recognized as one of Canada’s Leading Lawyers Under 40

Congratulations to Kinji Bourchier on being named as one of Canada’s leading lawyers under 40 by the Lexpert Rising Star Awards 2013. Kinji’s primary practice areas include complex commercial and civil litigation with a focus on contractual disputes, environmental remediation claims, shareholder and transactional disputes, and business torts.

Canada Joins the Global Push towards Mandating Disclosure of Payments to Governments

On June 12, 2013, the Canadian government announced its intention to introduce new legislation requiring the disclosure of payments made by Canadian extractive resource companies to domestic and foreign governments.

Class Action Law Bulletin: Green Light for Class Actions by Consumers

In a highly-anticipated and extremely significant pair of decisions for businesses and consumers alike, the Supreme Court of Canada (“SCC”) ruled on Thursday (October 31, 2013) that the ultimate consumers at the end of a supply chain can effectively leap-frog the supply chain by having direct legal recourse in a class action against a manufacturer who illegally overcharged for the product supplied.

Pension & Benefits Law Bulletin: Requirements for Federally Regulated Employers to Insure LTD Plans Come into Force on July 1, 2014

The Jobs, Growth and Long-Term Prosperity Act was passed by the federal government in 2012, which includes changes that will affect long-term disability (“LTD”) plans provided by federally-regulated employers. This will impact employers in the banking, marine, transportation, telecommunication and other federally regulated industries. 

What you need to know about changes to Canada's Temporary Foreign Worker program

Deborah Cushing's article, "What you need to know about changes to Canada's Temporary Foreign Worker program",  discusses recent changes to the rules of the temporary foreign worker program for employers in Canada.

Applying Knowledge Management for Lawyers: Precedents 29.10.13
Contract Law Update: Developments of Note

This paper discusses contract law issues including decisions of relevance to commercial lawyers and business leaders giving a snapshot of particular principles of interest that arose in case law over the past 12 months.

Strengthening Canada’s Fight Against Foreign Bribery: A Warning to Canadian Companies

Over the last 15 years, governments around the world have indicated their willingness to implement laws prohibiting the bribery of foreign public officials in connection with attempting to secure a business advantage. While Canada has had anti-corruption legislation in place since 1998 in the form of the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act (Canada) (the “CFPOA”), it has been limited in scope and minimally enforced by Canadian authorities.

Cross Canada Guide to Human Rights Law in Employment 09.10.13
Chapter 13 – Intellectual Property Disputes, in the CLEBC BC Business Disputes Manual 01.10.13
Envision: Implications for Canadian Corporations Contemplating a Merger

On September 26, 2013 the Supreme Court released its decision in the Envision case. The case deals with the amalgamation of two credit unions, but has broader implications for the tax treatment of amalgamations in Canada, and will be of interest to Canadian corporations contemplating a merger in the future.

Cooperation Agreements and Benefits Agreements with First Nations

This paper discusses strategic and practical issues which will arise in the process of negotiating and concluding cooperation agreements and benefits agreements with First Nations.

Labour & Employment Law Bulletin: Restrictive Covenants involving sale of a business: Payette v. Guay Inc., 2013 SCC 45

The Supreme Court of Canada recently reiterated that restrictive covenants that arise in the context of the sale of a business will be treated differently and more generously than those that arise in the context of a contract of employment. While the case arose under the Civil law of Quebec, it clearly has implications for the common law regimes in the rest of Canada.

Valerie Mann Awarded 2013 Lexpert Zenith Award

Lawson Lundell LLP is pleased to announce that Valerie Mann, Managing Partner of the firm, has been named a winner of the 2013 Lexpert Zenith Award: Women Leaders in the Legal Community.

In Business with Others? The Benefits of Putting in place a Shareholder Agreement

Starting a business venture with others is an exciting prospect. However, because owners tend to put their focus (understandably) on getting the company off the ground, they often overlook the important step of putting in place a business agreement between the founding partners.

Have Your Say: Ontario Securities Commission Consults on Introducing a “Comply or Explain” Model to Promote Gender Diversity on Corporate Boards

Gender diversity on corporate boards is a hot issue in Canada. A recent report by TD Economics showed the extent of the disparity between Canada and other developed economies. Women represent only 11% of board members for companies in the S&P/TSX Composite Index, with 43% of boards being all-male and 28% having just one female board member. The report concluded that, in light of gender diversity initiatives in the European Union, Australia, and New Zealand, Canada is sliding down the international rankings.

Energy Law Bulletin: Alberta’s New Energy Regulatory Regime Takes Shape

On May 29, 2013, Alberta issued three regulations and two rules under the Responsible Energy Development Act (“REDA”). The new regulations and rules became operational on June 17, 2013, the same day that REDA came into force. With REDA, the regulations and the rules now in place, the new regulatory regime for energy development in Alberta has started to take shape.