Professional Liability and Regulation

Lenczner Slaght has one of the leading professional liability practices in Canada, representing clients in diverse fields across a broad landscape of regulatory, civil and quasi-criminal matters. 

We defend professionals before disciplinary and regulatory tribunals and in all levels of the courts across the country. We also prosecute professional disciplinary cases for many regulatory colleges and governing bodies. In addition, we act as general counsel to several of those bodies, providing strategic advice, policy recommendations and counsel on drafting regulatory frameworks with regard to professional registration, fitness to practise, the handling of complaints and discipline.

Our Professional Clients

Lenczner Slaght's clients in the professional liability arena include a number of Ontario's regulated health profession colleges, along with several provincial law societies and various other bodies.

Our professional liability experience covers includes a wide range of disciplines, including:

  • accountants/auditors
  • architects
  • dentists
  • engineers
  • lawyers
  • actuaries
  • investment advisors
  • massage therapists
  • nurses and nurse practitioners
  • opticians
  • physicians and surgeons
  • psychologists

Through our frequent role as general counsel we have gained unique insight into the current and emerging issues facing Canada's professions. This first-hand knowledge brings unmatched relevance to our strategic perspectives and practical advice.

The Bigger Picture

The working environment is changing dramatically for professionals and their governing bodies across the country. As public scrutiny of self-regulating professions grows more intense, governmental oversight is evolving in step. For many professionals, the regulatory regime in which they practise – and the potential consequences of disciplinary or other proceedings – can have a profound impact on their careers.

The impact of professional liability issues is equally significant for governing bodies, as they strive to balance the autonomy of the professions they serve with demands from government and the public for greater accountability, oversight and discipline.

Within this context, Lenczner Slaght is uniquely positioned to advise key stakeholders in all of Canada's professions. We work every day on the front lines of professional regulation and liability – in the boardroom, in the hearing room and, when necessary, in the courtroom.