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Posted on June 16, 2015 by Dean Benard
Investigators must always be vigilant on the issue of confidentiality. It is often necessary to share information that some might suggest is confidential, but to complete an interview or gather relevant documentation investigators may need to share some information. Read More...
Posted on June 2, 2015 by Dean Benard
Investigators can be accused of not being fair, of not looking at all the facts, and of drawing conclusions instead of investigating facts. Sometimes, the investigator’s motivation or alleged motivation may be called into question based on certain assumptions and beliefs related to his or her cultural background or gender or that of the individuals who are party to the investigation. 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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