Professional Services

Our Professional Services Practice advises and represents a wide range of financial services clients across Canada. We have extensive experience acting for Agents and Brokers, Chartered Accountants, Certified Management Accountants, Certified General Accountants, Chartered Business Valuators, Chartered Financial Advisors, Insurance Professionals and Financial Planners.
Legal or disciplinary issues that arise for professionals are inherently highly stressful situations. Our lawyers are extremely mindful of this reality and work closely with you to reduce and alleviate this stress.

Services

We provide risk management and loss prevention advice that includes professional development training, incorporation and development of the best practice structures for our clients’ needs. We defend professional liability claims and are active in resolving professional discipline issues. Such matters often have tight timelines and we place strong emphasis on early intervention and agile, hands-on management of matters entrusted to us in order to best serve our clients’ interests.

Risk Management and Loss Prevention

We emphasize prevention. We take a proactive approach to helping our clients increase profitability and minimize risk exposure. When problems do arise, we aggressively attempt to resolve potential liability or discipline issues at the earliest opportunity.

Our risk management and loss prevention work includes:

  • Advising on structuring partnerships and practices to provide maximum financial risk management;
  • Risk management training to partners and staff;
  • Drafting engagement letters and providing training in their successful use necessary to protect financial professionals against personal liability;
  • Advising on all aspects of practice and professional liability, commercial general liability and directors’ and officers’ liability insurance issues;
  • Proactive problem solving and strategies for avoiding professional responsibility issues; and
  • Providing timely intervention and solutions necessary to address any potential professional disciplinary matters.

Litigation and Professional Discipline

We understand that as a financial professional, you are a trusted advisor.
Your professional reputation is not just a key business asset; it also forms part of your personal identity. We witness continuously the extraordinary personal stress attributable to our clients’ involvement with legal or disciplinary proceedings.
Our group acts in all aspects of professional discipline in the financial professional community. We actively work to minimize the impact any litigation or professional discipline issue can have on your working life and personal well-being. We are here to worry for you and find the best solution. We pride ourselves on helping our financial professionals to leave our care with their professional reputations intact.

Industry Involvement

We provide free ongoing seminars and in-service courses for our professional clients to assist them in fulfilling their ongoing professional development and accreditation requirements. For example, we provide seminar instruction on insurance and general risk management issues as part of the professional development program for the Institute of Chartered Accountants of British Columbia.

Members of our group are also frequent lecturers to a range of industry groups on loss control issues and professional responsibility.

Representative Matters

Available upon request.

Group Leader

Patrick S. Cleary*
Direct Line: 604.484.1741
Email: pcleary@nullahbl.ca