Your Pitblado Law lawyer offers unique insight into the governance and operation of professional regulatory bodies, including institutes, colleges, and other organizations whose role it is to regulate a profession or a discipline, whether mandated by statute or established by the profession itself.
Our Firm’s perspective is shaped by a long history of representing professional regulatory bodies and by our own members’ occasional involvement on the discipline and education committees of the Law Society of Manitoba, the body that governs the practice of law in the province.
Our specific services include advising complaints committees on whether to charge misconduct, drafting charges, and prosecuting charges before the professional discipline tribunal. We also act as legal counsel to, or chair of, professional discipline tribunals.
We advise professional regulatory bodies about governance; regulatory policy and compliance; strategic planning; government relations and public affairs; bylaws and rules; registration and admission; professional ethics; advertising; constitutional challenges; procedural fairness issues; investigation processes; freedom of information and privacy; judicial reviews and appeals; codes of conduct; certification processes; and unauthorized practice.
We help regulatory bodies adhere to best practice and ensure that their members are afforded due process. We coach and advise our clients with an eye to preserving the integrity of the body’s structure and processes and, indeed, the profession as a whole.
In some specific situations, a Pitblado Law lawyer will represent a professional facing investigation and discipline by a regulatory body.