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October 29, 2019

A&WMA Ontario Section Workshop - Consultant Liability and Expert Witness Testimony

On Tuesday, October 29, 2019, John Georgakopoulos and Jacquelyn Stevenswill be presenting at the A&WMA Ontario Section Workshop titled: Consultant Liability.

The workshop will take place at the Delta Guelph Hotel and Conference Centre in Guelph, Ontario.

John and Jacquie will be presenting on: Consultant Liability and Expert Witness Testimony.

Consultant Liability: It is important for environmental professionals to understand the growing liabilities associated with advising clients on environmental matters. Such liabilities often arise through civil lawsuits and regulatory prosecutions. If found liable, environmental professionals may have to pay damages or fines, or face other penalties. Jacquelyn and John will review eight common “blunders” and liabilities. They will draw on their firm’s experiences with environmental professionals and discuss the ways to manage such liabilities.

Expert Witness Testimony: Environmental litigation is a world of disputes where science, engineering, and environmental law intersect. These disputes lead to environmental claims. Environmental litigators retain experts to help decipher the intersection of environmental technical and legal issues. In this session, Jacquelyn and John will discuss expert’s duties under Ontario's Rules of Civil Procedure and the Law Society of Ontario’s Rules of Professional Conduct. They will examine what Canadian courts say about the expected relationship between counsel and experts, admissibility of expert evidence, how far privilege extends over communications with experts and experts' reports, and how best to establish and maintain an expert's credibility before and at trial.

For more information on the workshop and to register, click here.

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