Professional Discipline and Regulation
We work across fields and disciplines, drawing on vast experience navigating issues relevant to professionals and their regulating bodies.
We have represented clients including lawyers, paralegals, brokers, social workers, teachers, and police officers in matters related to complaints, investigations and discipline proceedings initiated by regulatory bodies or under statute. Several of our lawyers also act as prosecutors in disciplinary and fitness-to-practise hearings for a number of professional regulatory agencies, primarily in the health sector.
We have long-standing relationships with many of our regulator clients, some going back decades. Our deep and broad experience, and our understanding of their pressures and the professional regulation sector, have made us trusted advisors to them on some of their more important and sensitive issues.
In College of Nurses of Ontario v Wettlaufer, 2017 CanLII 77173 (ON CNO), Megan Shortreed acted as prosecuting counsel in revoking the nursing license of convicted serial killer nurse, Elizabeth Wettlaufer, before the Discipline Committee of the College of Nurses of Ontario.
Linda Rothstein and Denise Cooney successfully represented the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario on an application for judicial review of a finding of professional misconduct. The professional was found to have complied with auditing standards in his audit of a fund whose assets were held in Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC. The Divisional Court found the decision was reasonable, and dismissed the application.
Rob Centa, Emily Lawrence and Alysha Shore successfully represented the University of Toronto in responding to a motion for an interim injunction. The applicant sought to enjoin the University from reporting the unsuccessful results of her final assessment to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (“CPSO”) pending the outcome of her judicial review. In applying the RJR-MacDonald test, the court found that there was no irreparable harm to the applicant and the balance of convenience favoured the University given its statutory reporting obligations to the CPSO and the broad mandate of protecting the public. The motion for an interim injunction was dismissed.
Mehar v. The University of Toronto, 2020 ONSC 1293: