Legal professional privilege exists in most jurisdictions across the world. However, the scope, application, and nature of the protections afforded to legal professional privilege and confidentiality of communications vary widely. Because of the shared origins and many similarities between the legal systems of the UK, the U.S., Canada and Australia, there tends to be a…

Practicing with integrity in an in-house position, whether in the private or public sector, has always required special skill; but along with the advantages of the insider’s perspective come particular challenges. The fact of having one client — the corporation or the government[1] — means that an in-house lawyer is particularly vulnerable when there is…

The lack of integrity (actual or perceived) in public office and the private boardroom is a critical reason we are now experiencing what has been described as a crisis in leadership[1] and trust.[2] A deficiency of trust is indexed as the number one problem confronted by business and political leaders today. According to several studies,…

It is difficult to imagine a worst case scenario than United Airlines’ now infamous conduct on April 9, 2017, that permitted a 69 year old doctor named David Dao – under United Airlines care and control as a boarded and seated passenger – to be assaulted, bloodied, and dragged from its overbooked airplane with a…

The legal profession around the world is in a period of major – even transformational – change.[1] The global market for corporate legal services has become increasingly competitive. In this legal environment we are seeing the world’s largest accounting firms offering legal services (outside of the U.S.) to mid to large, national, and multinational corporate…

Our society assigns important powers and responsibilities to the members of its judiciary.  Apart from the traditional role of an arbiter which settles disputes and adjudicates between the rights of the parties, in Canada judges are also responsible for preserving the balance of constitutional powers between the two levels of government in our federal state. …

Populism may be the most important force in global politics today. Within this new geopolitical environment, leaders in Canada, the U.S., the UK, Europe, and Australia, among others, face challenges of extraordinary scale and complexity, and confront some of society’s most critical issues both at home and abroad – the economy (economic insecurity, globalization, technology…

Justice Robin Camp was appointed as a judge of the Federal Court in June 2015. Before his appointment to the Federal Court, he was a judge of the Provincial Court of Alberta (Criminal Division), to which he was appointed in March 2012.[1]  Overview While a judge of the Provincial Court, Justice Camp presided over the…

Public discourse and civility lies at the heart of our democracy and our legal profession in Canada, the U.S., the UK, and Australia. Unfortunately there appears to be less civility in society generally today, less courtesy, fewer manners. In the political arena and in public discourse, the rhetoric is harsher and the decibels are higher,…

What we do as lawyers can be life affirming, helping our clients, and potentially shaping society for the public good. A career as a lawyer is an extraordinary calling, and to be a lawyer in the legal profession is a privilege. Nevertheless, the profession of law today is more challenging today than ever before. The…