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Expert guidance on all key aspects of handling these files at each stage:

  • Investigation
  • Pre-Hearing Preparation and Proceedings
  • The Hearing

The faculty includes counsel both from regulatory bodies and from the private bar, ensuring that you get a rounded perspective on the issues in this challenging, high-stakes area.

Professional discipline hearings are serious matters. For the professional, years of education, experience, reputation and livelihood are all on the line. For the licensing body and its counsel, there’s pressure to vigorously protect the public interest and to respond to allegations of misconduct, incompetence or incapacity in a fair, effective and timely manner.

Whether you are a lawyer defending a professional in disciplinary proceedings, or represent a regulator, you need a thorough and current understanding of substantive law, procedure and the strategic calculus that govern this area. This perennially successful OsgoodePD program gives you the tools, fully updated for 2017. Topics include:

  • Assessing duties and powers
  • Duty of good faith, neutrality and reasonabless
  • The professional’s duty to co-operate and its limits
  • Internal investigations, privilege, and privacy obligations
  • Documentary requests and production
  • Challenging the adequacy of disclosure to the respondent
  • Delay/abuse of process: how long is too long?
  • The standard of practice: battle of the experts
  • The hearing: evidence and its presentation, penalties, costs, and settlements
  • Dealing effectively with concurrent criminal and civil proceedings
  • Court challenges to professional discipline decisions
  • Ethical and professional issues in professional discipline practice



  • Linda L. Fuerst, Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP
  • Jeremy Devereux, Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP
  • Amy Block, Legal Counsel, The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario
  • Johanna Braden, Stockwoods LLP
  • Lisa Brownstone, Co-Director, Legal Department, The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario
  • Yvonne B. Chisholm, Senior Legal Counsel, Litigation, Ontario Securities Commission
  • Jeremy Devereux, Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP
  • James A. Hodgson, Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP
  • Farah Ismail, Director, Practice Quality, Colleges of Nurses of Ontario
  • Lara Jackson, Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP
  • Sean Lawler, Shibley Righton LLP
  • Jonathan Lisus, Lax O’Sullivan Lisus Gottlieb LLP
  • Robert A. Maxwell, Discipline Counsel, Real Estate Council of Ontario
  • Neil J. Perrier, Perrier Law Professional Corporation
  • Shara N. Roy, Lenczner Slaght Royce Smith Griffin LLP
  • Mark J. Sandler, Cooper, Sandler, Shime & Bergman LLP
  • Usman Sheikh, Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP
  • Murray H. Shore, Heller, Rubel
  • Ian Smith, Fenton, Smith
  • Glenn M. Stuart, StuartLaw
  • Clarke Tedesco, Crawley MacKewn Brush LLP
  • Brendan van Niejenhuis, Stockwoods LLP
  • Seth Weinstein, Greenspan Humphrey Lavine
  • Caroline Zayid, McCarthy Tétrault LLP


Group Discounts and Financial Assistance

Please note that the group discount is only available when paying for members of the same organization, at the same time, and payment is made with one invoice.  For financial assistance, please email financialaid-opd@osgoode.yorku.ca

Webcast Fee per Delegate

2-3 delegates: 25% off program fee
4-10 delegates: 30% off program fee
11+ delegates: 35% off program fee
Boardroom rates available.


The video stream, including a link to the program materials will be sent to you via email as soon as payment is successfully processed.


All sales are final. Please make all enquiries related to program content and CPD/MCLE credit hours prior to purchase.


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Program Details

Delivery Method

Web - On Demand

Date Recorded
January 26, 2017
Running Time


Fee per Delegate

$795 plus HST

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Eligible CPD Credit Hours


Who Should Attend

  • Counsel who represent regulated professionals
  • Counsel who prosecute on behalf of professional regulators
  • Investigators and staff of professional regulatory bodies
  • Members of complaints and discipline committees

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“Excellent…comprehensive, extensive citations and references…lots of practical insights”
John M. Wigle,Simpson Wigle Law LLP

“I found all of the presentations informative and educational… All the presenters were knowledgeable, [materials] very useful”
L. Brian Ross, member, PEO Discipline Committee

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