Tiffany Jung is General Counsel for Buyatab Online Inc. Buyatab, a leader in digital gifting, has been named as one of Canada's fastest growing companies in the Deloitte Technology Fast 50™ awards. Tiffany uses her combination of firm and in-house experience to provide practical advice on legal and strategic matters in the tech space.
In her spare time, she enjoys playing ultimate frisbee and squash. She is also a co-founder of "The Basic Stitches".
Why did you decide to become an In-House Counsel?
"I decided to become an in-house counsel, because I wanted to become more involved in a company's strategic decision-making. I also liked the idea of having a single client – even though there may be different departments demanding my time, we're still all working together toward the same goal. "
Is the role of In-House Counsel changing? And if yes, how so?
"I'm not sure if it's just the role of in-house counsel that's changing or companies' approaches to business more generally, but there is less focus on the paper and more emphasis on the relationship, both internally and externally. In-house counsel need to effectively communicate and collaborate with the business to understand the objectives and explain legal concerns, so that they can be more than just monkeys turning redlines in external negotiations. "
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