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Professional Responsibility

In the course of their work, professionals may face legal risks like personal liability and regulatory issues. It’s crucial to partner with experienced lawyers who understand professional standards and complex regulations. The Blakes Professional Responsibility group consists of diverse experts nationwide. We’ve successfully handled major liability cases in various forums, ensuring the best outcomes for our clients.

Our lawyers are comfortable before courts and tribunals, but they also recognize the need to explore confidential avenues of resolution due to the sensitivities and reputational risks associated with professional liability claims.

The group handles a broad range of matters, including:

  • Negligence claims
  • Alleged breaches of professional standards
  • Alleged breaches of fiduciary duties
  • Regulatory and internal investigations
  • Professional indemnification and insurance
  • Breach of fiduciary duty, professional liability and statutory liability claims in the context of insolvency and restructuring proceedings
  • Advising on the application of professional standards in various contexts, including investigations, disputes and transactions 
  • Advising on and defending terms of service, partnership and employment agreements
  • Crisis and risk management advice 
  • Legal malpractice defence

We work with accountants, financial advisors, brokers, engineers, directors and officers of public and private companies, as well as firms, partnerships and other providers of professional services who may face liability in the course of executing their duties. With offices in each of Canada’s major business centres, our national team provides our clients with access to the expertise they require to manage professional responsibility issues wherever they may arise. When those matters also require corporate, tax, employment, privacy, intellectual property, cybersecurity, competition or other assistance, we have unparalleled internal expertise to ensure our clients get the best, integrated advice. We take a big-picture perspective on our clients’ business in every matter.

Our team has an extensive track record, having acted on some of Canada’s highest-profile professional services matters and transactions. Our litigation bench strength, combined with an in-depth knowledge of professional services businesses, helps our team achieve the results that you need.


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