News & Publications Results

Title Date
Applying Knowledge Management for Lawyers: Precedents 29.10.13
Laura Duke Contributes to Project Law Blog 23.10.13
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. 

“Report Shows Canadians’ Interest in Asia Pacific,” Business in Vancouver, August, 2013, Author 09.8.13
Commercial Restructuring Technical Update 07.8.13
Labour & Employment Law Bulletin: Changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program

Effective July 31, 2013 the Federal Government announced new rules relating to the temporary foreign worker program. It has advised that the changes are being made to ensure that Canadians are given the first chance at available jobs.

The Top 10 Differences Between Litigating in the U.S. and Canada

This article discusses the differences between litigating in the U.S.A. and Canada including the court systems, judges, limited dispositions, civil juries, foreign jurisprudence, costs and cultural differences.

Lisa Peters Awarded a President's Citation by the Canadian Bar Association BC Branch

A President’s Citation has been awarded to partner Lisa Peters, head of Lawson Lundell's Research and Opinions department, by the Canadian Bar Association BC Branch (CBABC) in recognition of her extensive work in legislation and law reform on behalf of the CBABC.

Calgary Flood – Updated Office Information

Our Calgary office in Bow Valley Square 2 will be fully operational on Thursday, June 27, 2013.

Labour & Employment Law Bulletin: Supreme Court of Canada Upholds Labour Arbitration Board Decision Rejecting Random Alcohol Testing

The Supreme Court of Canada released its decision in a case concerning random alcohol testing at a paper mill operation. The Court upheld the decision of the labour arbitration board that mandatory random alcohol testing by breathalyzer was not permitted even though it was limited to employees in safety-sensitive positions.