Lexpert Magazine

March/April 2018

Lexpert magazine features articles and columns on developments in legal practice management, deals and lawsuits of interest in Canada, the law and business issues of interest to legal professionals and businesses that purchase legal services.

Issue link: http://digital.carswellmedia.com/i/945258

Contents of this Issue


Page 55 of 71

56 LEXPERT MAGAZINE | MARCH/APRIL 2018 IN-HOUSE ADVISOR A company's first in-house counsel is faced with a daunting proposition. He or she must be able to quickly absorb the corporate culture, while holding the line on risky business BY BRIAN BURTON ILLUSTRATION BY DAVID SENIOR YOU'RE THE NEW GENERAL COUNSEL, or lawyer for all occasions, at All-Purpose Enterprises Inc. Your title hasn't been precisely worked out yet, in part because you're the first in- house counsel they've ever had. It's a growing company with expanding legal requirements — or they wouldn't have hired you. Your first priority is to "hit the ground running," as the CEO so enthusiastically told you just moments before showing you to your new office and leaving you to "get settled in." And now all you need to know is what she imagined "running" might look like. Should you set up your office, hire a paralegal, read board minutes, tour operating facilities, review corporate policies or risk assessments? All of the above? Or did the CEO have some- thing else entirely in mind? You're not quite sure what the ex- ecutive and the board of directors expect, and they aren't either. Time will tell. But by then, success will either be firmly in hand or well and truly out of reach. Inside, Looking Around Harpreet Sidhu is General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Privacy Officer for Toronto-based Pethealth Inc., a pet insur- ance provider in Canada, the US, UK and Germany. She was hired in 2013, aer articling with a small general-practice firm, to manage Pethealth's legal work across the international busi- ness. "When I first started at Pethealth, we had no other in- BEING NUMBER ONE

Articles in this issue

Links on this page

Archives of this issue

view archives of Lexpert Magazine - March/April 2018