An example of a secondment to be a company’s corporate secretary

The supplement to the ACC Docket, May 2012 at 8, charts the career of Brigitte Catellier, Vice President, Legal Affairs and Secretary of Astral Media Inc. Early in her career, while at a large Canadian firm, she was asked by one of her clients, Culinar, to take on the tasks of its corporate secretary. Unusually, she remained with the law firm, but spent about a third of her time working in-house at the company. The article does not add how long the unusual secondment lasted.

This put blog has several references to law firm lawyers who simultaneously hold a position in a law Department, but this is the first instance I have run across where the lawyer is also serving as a company secretary. Since my last metapost on secondment, I have gotten a second wind, so to speak (See my post of Aug. 25, 2009 #2: four-month secondment to Legal Aid Society; Sept. 13, 2009: ten good questions for a secondment; Oct. 13, 2009: if law departments demand large numbers of secondees; Jan. 20, 2010: reverse secondments as a training method for legal departments; March 24, 2010: secondments will rise if more firms decide they are a prerequisite to partnership; Feb. 22, 2010: loyalty scheme of British firm can result in secondees; June 14, 2010: doubt that departments retain firms because of secondment prospects; April 21, 2011: current Motorola Solutions GC was once a secondee to it ; and May 3, 2012: as-need lawyers as alternative to secondments.).

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