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"I went to law school so that I didn’t have to work with numbers."

We understand. We’re here to help.

Now in its 14th year, this interactive program is specifically tailored for legal professionals. It will provide you with comprehensive and practical guidance in order to effectively analyze financial reports in your practice.

You’re a legal professional who is called upon to provide advice that entails analyzing or interpreting financial statements. In order to effectively protect your clients’ interests, you have developed a sound understanding of financial statements and accounts, along with how such financial reports are used.

If this description doesn’t (yet) reflect your skillset, our program will help to develop these analytical skills. John Friedlan will review complex concepts in a clear and interactive manner and you will receive practical guidance on how to analyze and interpret a financial report.

The program includes:

  • An overview of the financial reporting framework in Canada and its key components
  • The roles and responsibilities of the key players in the financial reporting process
  • An in-depth examination of key financial statement components
  • Interactive exercises and a case study to demonstrate proper analysis and interpretation of a financial report in a practical and efficient manner, which you can immediately apply in your practice
  • Clarifying accounting jargon and terminology
  • Red flags: tips and techniques to uncover hidden assets and liabilities
  • Determining key financial ratios and evaluating a company’s performance
  • Understanding off-balance sheet items
  • How to interpret and analyze the Notes to Financial Statements

You’ll complete the program with an increased confidence as well as the tools and techniques you need to better prepare yourself when dealing with financial statements and concepts.


Course Leader

  • John Friedlan, BSc, MBA, Ph.D., CPA, CA, Associate Dean, Accounting Program Director, Associate Professor, University of Ontario Institute of Technology



Fees include attendance, program materials, continental breakfast, lunch and break refreshments.

Group Discounts

OsgoodePD offers group rates for both on site and webcast formats. Please note these are only available when registering for members of the same organization, at the same time, and payment is made with one invoice.

Program Changes

We will make every effort to present the certificate program as advertised, but it may be necessary to change the dates, location, speakers or content with little or no notice. In the event of program cancellation, York University and Osgoode Hall Law School’s liability is limited to reimbursement of paid fees.

Cancellations and Substitutions

Substitution of registrants is permitted at any time. If you are unable to find a substitute, a full refund is available if a cancellation request is received in writing 14 days prior to the program date. If a cancellation request is made with less than 14 days notice, a $75 administration fee will apply. No other refund is available.


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Program Lawyer

If you have any questions or would like more information please contact:
Alison Hurst

Program Details

Date & Time

March 1-2, 2018
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. EST


Osgoode Professional Development Centre,
1 Dundas St. W., 26th Floor Toronto, ON

Fee per Delegate

$1,695 plus HST

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Eligible CPD Credit Hours


Who Should Attend

Lawyers looking to gain a better understanding of practical solutions to key financial reporting issues, including:

  • Banking and financial services counsel
  • Corporate counsel
  • Insolvency and bankruptcy counsel
  • Litigation counsel
  • Charity and Not-for-profit counsel
  • Sole practitioners
  • In-house counsel
  • General counsel
  • Government lawyers
  • Family law practitioners

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“I thought the course was excellent. John Friedlan is a phenomenal instructor.”

Andrea McEwan, Associate Litigation Lawyer, WEL Partners

Hotels & Parking

If you require accommodations in downtown Toronto, OsgoodePD has arranged Corporate Rates with several hotels within walking distance of our downtown conference centre.

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