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Posted on October 23, 2018 by Dean Benard
I have written previously on how to select investigators and what to look for before retaining an investi Read More...
Posted on July 28, 2015 by Dean Benard
When investigators testify, they have the opportunity to demonstrate their credibility and professionalism. To do so, they should be aware of techniques for keeping calm and providing thoughtful, responsive answers. One important technique a skilled witness uses is to focus on the limits of the actual question, rather than to interpret it and over answer. Read More...
Posted on May 26, 2015 by Dean Benard
Over the years I have had many interesting discussions on the advantages and potential disadvantages of recording investigative interviews. I have tried to look at all sides of the issue and have written about topic in the past. I thought it was about time I revisit this topic and make a case for recording. Read More...
Posted on May 19, 2015 by Dean Benard
Locating people of interest (sometimes referred to as “Skip Tracing"), is an investigative technique skilled investigators use to locate an individual for various reasons and purposes. The investigators at Benard + Associates have the experience and expertise to locate people in all situations. This service is requested daily by our regulatory clients and lawyers. Read More...
Posted on April 21, 2015 by Dean Benard
Delay, procedural inefficiencies, and escalation of costs are the obstacles Discipline Committees must deal with in adjudicating the matters brought before them. Read More...
Posted on April 14, 2015 by Dean Benard
Members/registrants appearing before a Discipline or Fitness to Practise Committee Read More...
Posted on April 8, 2015 by Dean Benard
WATERLOO — Dean Benard and his colleagues are private eyes.So it's all stakeouts and surveillance, disguises and dark alleys?Once in a while, perhaps.But more often than not, a typical day involves interviews, research and paperwork. Lots of paperwork.  Read More...
Posted on April 7, 2015 by Dean Benard
The case of D’Mello v. The Law Society of Upper Canada was released by the Ontario Court of Appeal on December 22, 2014 and deals with the thorny issue of privilege as it applies to regulatory investigations, where a lawyer who was the subject of such an investigation commenced a defamation action against his regulatory body. Read More...
Posted on April 2, 2015 by Dean Benard
Practice directions are frequently used by courts as a means of providing guidance on practices courts expect parties will follow in preparing for and conducting court proceedings.  Examples of practice directions issued by courts include: assistance for self-represented parties, use of electronic devices in the courtroom materials for use in court proceedings, and scheduling. Read More...
Posted on March 30, 2015 by Dean Benard
As we have been operating for over ten years and have worked with many different regulators, we observed that there is a need for support in the area of hearings. All regulatory bodies must conduct hearings from time to time and they have an obligation to ensure fair, consistent, reliable, and transparent processes. Read More...

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