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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


Fees include attendance, program materials, 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.

Technical Support

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


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Program Details

Questions on program registration?
Please contact the Registration Team at osgoodepd@osgoode.yorku.ca

Questions on the program content?
Please contact the Program Lawyer:
Bernard Sandler at BSandler@osgoode.yorku.ca

Program Details

Date & Time

April 24, 2019 
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. EDT
In Person or Webcast

Online Replay 
June 12, 2019 
Register for Online Replay


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

Fee per Delegate

$695 + HST

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Printable Registration Form

Eligible CPD Credit Hours


Who Should Attend

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

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