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Professional Regulation

Acting for Colleges, Societies and Other Self-Governing Associations

At Gourlay Spencer Wade LLP, our lawyers are frequently called upon to act for professional colleges, societies and other self-governing associations organized under the laws of British Columbia. A significant portion of our firm's practice is dedicated to professional regulation work, including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Acting as independent counsel for professional disciplinary tribunals
  • Prosecuting and defending professional regulatory offences
  • Drafting and revising the bylaws governing members of regulated professions
  • Advising on privacy, criminal records review and freedom of information issues
  • Providing general advice and opinions on statutory interpretation
  • Advising colleges and societies on the liability of statutory regulators
  • Counselling clients on human rights, constitutional and Charter issues

Our firm is particularly well known for our work on behalf of professional colleges and other societies in the health field. In addition, we frequently represent engineers, lawyers and other professionals in regulatory matters with their governing bodies. Our comprehensive understanding of the regulatory environment in British Columbia enables us to give self-governing associations in all fields the advice and representation they need to effectively carry out their missions. To schedule a meeting, please contact our offices at 604-800-4398 or by e-mail.

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