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Jim Middlemiss

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Practising preventive litigation

By Jim Middlemiss October 21, 2015 21 October 2015

Practising preventive litigation

When Adrian Lang left the comfortable confines of a Bay Street law firm to pursue an in-house litigation job at the Bank of Montreal slightly more than two years ago, she quickly concluded that lawsuits were the bane of the bank’s existence.

“You don’t want to be in litigation with your customer,” says Lang, Associate General Counsel at BMO. “That’s not a happy place for anybody.”

So Lang’s attention turned from litigation pursuit to litigation prevention: “The real value is making sure litigation doesn’t come up in the first place.”

She implemented a number of changes at the bank to rein in litigation costs and help nip cases in the bud before they become a bigger litigation headache.

“What we quickly realized is that when cases get to court or in the court system, they will languish for long periods. That’s not where we want to be,” says the affable Lang. “We don’t want it to be a difficult process. We want to make it more streamlined and get to a resolution more quickly.”

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