Hospital Matters

Our founder Valerie Wise has practiced health law for over 25 years. In that time, she has acted for numerous hospitals across the province as well as individual credentialed professional staff, employees, Medical Advisory Committees, and hospital boards.

Coroner’s Investigations and Inquests

We advise health care professionals and organizations with respect to Coroner’s investigations and represent parties with standing, or who want to seek standing, at Coroner’s inquests.

Hospital Privileges

Valerie Wise has represented parties in all aspects of a privileges matter. She has been counsel to the individual member of the professional staff who is the subject of the credentialing issue; counsel to the Medical Advisory Committee; counsel to the Hospital Board appearing before the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board; and independent counsel to the Hospital Board for the Board’s hearing.

Valerie Wise also has a Certificate in Conflict Management and Mediation, Conrad Grebel University College, University of Waterloo and is available as a mediator or conflict coach to help resolve developing issues quickly and efficiently before they snowball into something larger.

Consent and Capacity Board Matters

If you make a mental health or capacity assessment that becomes the subject of a hearing before the Consent and Capacity Board (“CCB”), you are a party to that hearing. The rights at stake are important, and so both the process and substance of your decision is under scrutiny.

We know that the competing clinical demands on your time are significant, and retaining us to assist you can alleviate some of the burden associated with CCB hearings.

We represent and assist health professionals in preparing for the hearing; presenting their evidence at the hearing; cross-examining any witnesses called by the patient; and dealing with any preliminary legal challenges that may arise. Our representation reduces the time commitment and stress of the CCB hearing for our clients.

We also provide assistance and representation should either party to the hearing seek an appeal.

Civil Litigation

We represent health professionals and organizations in cases involving:

  • Medical malpractice
  • Complaints or threatened litigation
  • Professional negligence
  • Contract, partnership or shareholder disputes arising among healthcare providers