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Do’s & Don’ts of Working with Private Investigators

November 16, 2023 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Live webinar with chat*
includes 60 day replay

9:00 am – 10:30 am (Pacific)
10:00 am – 11:30 am (Mountain)
11:00 am – 12:30 pm (Central)
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm (Eastern)
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm (Atlantic)
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm (Newfoundland)

Live webinars allow you to hear faculty and see their presentation slides, and ask questions by chat. There is no video feed of the presenter(s). You will need a current web browser (Chrome (Chrome works best), Safari, Firefox), a wired (better than wireless) connection to the Internet of at least 2 Mbps. You can test your internet speed/bandwidth here. If you miss the live program, you can access the archive, at your convenience, for 60 days.

Who Should Attend

This seminar is suitable for all lawyers, and specifically those who use or are considering using private investigators as part of their practice.

About the Program

Private investigators can be a useful resource in a wide range of practice areas, especially in the early stages of building a case. In addition to locating items and people, private investigators can run background checks, search for income and assets, interview witnesses, conduct physical and electronic surveillance, and document and testify about the evidence they have collected. Their services can be invaluable in achieving an early resolution or strengthening the case for trial in employment investigations, criminal cases, family law matters, insurance claims, and commercial disputes. Retaining this assistance, however, means that lawyers assume important ethical and legal responsibilities for how the investigation is handled. This program with experienced labour and employment lawyers Michael Sherrard and Brian Wasyliw will address the legal and ethical issues that arise when lawyers retain private investigators and best practices to help investigators and instructing lawyers stay within the lines of permissible conduct and avoid potential pitfalls. By following some basic do’s and don’ts, lawyers can ensure they obtain high quality, admissible evidence that advances their case, without compromising their professional and ethical standards. Don’t miss this opportunity to get answers to the questions you’ve always wanted to ask!

Meet Your Presenters

Brian Wasyliw (Sherrard Kuzz LLP) is an experienced and accomplished employment and labour lawyer with a background in commercial litigation. Brian has extensive experience at all levels of court in Ontario and before administrative tribunals. He sits on the board of directors of the Council of Professional Investigators of Ontario, and the Yves Landry Foundation. Brian’s expertise includes the full range of employment and labour law with particular focus on employment contracts, wrongful and constructive dismissal, non-competition and non-solicitation, injunctive relief, grievance arbitration, employment and labour issues in corporate restructuring and transactions, and human rights and accommodation. Brian is published on a variety of labour and employment issues.

Michael Sherrard is Managing Partner of Sherrard Kuzz LLP in Toronto. Michael’s clients are national & international, public & private, and operate in a wide range of industries and sectors. Michael is recognized as one of Canada’s leading employment and labour lawyers by Chambers Global, Who’s Who Legal (Global Elite Thought Leader & Most Highly Regarded), Legal 500, Best Lawyers and Lexpert. He is former Chair of the National Labour and Employment Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association and also the Labour and Employment Law Section of the Ontario Bar Association. Michael is widely published and frequently asked to speak at national and international conferences.