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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 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 2019. Topics include:

  • Assessing duties and powers
  • Duty of good faith, neutrality, and reasonableness
  • 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 settlement
  • Dealing effectively with concurrent criminal and civil proceedings
  • Court challenges to professional discipline decisions
  • Ethical and professional issues in professional discipline practice


Program Chairs

  • Linda Fuerst, Norton Rose Fulbright (Canada) LLP
  • Jeremy Devereux, Norton Rose Fulbright (Canada) LLP


  • Matthew Britton, Ontario Securities Commission
  • Lisa Brownstone, College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario
  • Nadia Campion, Lax O’Sullivan Lisus Gottlieb LLP
  • Alistair Crawley, Crawley Mackewn Brush LLP
  • Jill Dougherty, WeirFoulds LLP
  • Bonni Ellis, Lerners LLP
  • Lisa Freeman, Barrister and Solicitor
  • Alix Hersak, Director, Investigations & Prosecutions, Chartered Professional Accountants, Ontario
  • Rebecca Jones, Lenczner Slaght
  • Lindsay Kantor, Torkin Manes
  • Emily Lawrence, Paliare Roland
  • Jaan Lilles, Lenczner Slaght
  • Julie Maciura, Steinecke Maciura LeBlanc
  • Luisa Ritacca, Stockwoods
  • Megan Savard, Addario Law Group LLP

Group Discounts and Financial Assistance

For boardroom and multi-purchase rates, please email us.
OsgoodePD offers group rates and financial assistance for both on-site and webcast formats.


After your purchase is complete, the course will appear in the Order History of your OsgoodePD account with a link to "Take Online Course". Once you click "Take Online Course" you will be forwarded to the Moodle page with the materials link. The program video link with be unlocked on the day of the program. You will have access to the video for 90 days.

Program Changes

We will make every effort to present the 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, Substitutions and Refunds

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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Technical Support

In the event you experience technical difficulties, please contact opdsupport@osgoode.yorku.ca for assistance.

Date Recorded
April 24, 2019

Program Details

Date & Time

June 12, 2019 
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. EDT


Web - Replay

Fee per Delegate

$695 + HST

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Eligible CPD Credit Hours


Who Should Attend

  • Counsel acting for professionals
  • Regulatory bodies in professional discipline proceedings

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