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Lisa Hamilton leads the Medical Malpractice-Health Disciplines Group at Bell Temple LLP. She is an astute and unwavering advocate of health care providers and the facilities where they work, defending malpractice and sex abuse suits at all levels of court in Ontario and related appeals, as well as Complaint and Discipline matters before the governing Colleges, the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board, the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal and the Information and Privacy Commission.




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Career & Education

1989 Juris Doctor, UBC law school
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Speaking Engagements

Feb 16, 2023 Caught in the Crossfire: Managing the Risk of Complaint When Clients are Involved in Family Law Disputes
March 21, 2022 Risk Mitigation in Psychological Practice (CRHSP)
Feb 25, 2022 RISK MANAGEMENT: Guidelines to reduce the risk of complaints and lawsuits when providing service to clients involved in child protection or high conflict parenting disputes (AFCC)
Feb 14, 2022 Joint Submissions (CRPO Discipline Committee)
Feb 5, 2022 PHIPA Compliance (Board of Directors, RMTAO)
Nov 12 and 19, 2021- Thriving in Clinical Practice: A Review of Regulations and Recent Developments Governing Psychological Practice (Ottawa Academy of Psychology
Oct 26, 2021- Best Practices for Clinical Notes (Gestalt Institute of Toronto)
Mar 24, 2021 Practical Strategies for PHIPA Compliance (RMTAO)
Jan 11, 2021 Mitigating Complaint Risk in the Cyber Era (OAMHP)
Nov 18, 2020 Cyber Security, Technology and Privacy (OPA)
Sept 23, 2020 - Legal Issues in the Remote Examination Context (CSME)
April 12, 2019 - Health Disciplines Complaints Process (AIG )
September 21, 2018: Mental Health Professional Complaints and Litigation (Hamilton High Conflict Forum)
Sept 15, 2018: Mitigating the Risk of Common Complaints in Mental Health Practice (Nicole McCance Quality Assurance Workshop)
Jan 18. 2018: Health Law Issues for RMTs (Guest lecturer, Oxford College)
Oct 17, 2017: Legal issues for psychotherapists (Guest lecturer, Gestalt Institute of Toronto)
Oct 13, 2017: Legal update: Implications of Marijuana law change (OSOT Ottawa Conference)
Nov 30, 2016: Understanding Privacy Law and implications for Clinical Records (Guest lecturer, Gestalt Institute of Toronto)
Nov 25, 2016: Clinical Records, Confidentiality, Consent and Termination (CAPT conference)
Sept 28, 2016: Bill 132: Ontario's New Sexual Violence and Harrassment Legislation:What it means for Health Professionals (Medico-Legal society)
Sept 24.16: Regulation of Psychotherapists (OACCPP conference)
Sept 23, 2016: Risk Mitigation for Occupational Therapists (Ontario Society of Occupational Therapists conference)
May 27, 2016: Emerging Legal Issues for IE assessors (CAPDA conference)
Nov 13, 2015: Legal Issues for Psychotherapists (CAPT conference)
Sept 18, 2015: Navigating Tricky Issues (OACCPP conference)
April 25, 2015: Common Complaints and How to Avoid Them (Dalton Associates Quality Assurance Seminar)
Feb 21, 2015: Legal Developments imparting Psychological Practice, BILL 15: post Moore v. Getahun (Ontario Psychological Association)
Sept 13, 2014: Complaint-Proofing for Psychological Practice- (Bayridge Family Centres Annual QA Conference)
May 12, 2014: Strategies to Recognize and Mitigate Risk of Complaints and Discipline (Barbara Wand Seminar, College of Psychologists of Ontario)
May 3, 2014: Legal Issues Update (Dalton and Associates - Quality Assurance Seminar)
Nov 22, 2013: Strategies to Recognize and Mitigate Risk in Social Work Practice (Ontario Association of Social Workers conference)
Oct 3, 2013: Hot Topics in Ethics for Administrative Lawyers (Law Society presentation)
June 1, 2013: Navigating the Complaint Process (Canadian Society of Respiratory Therapists conference)
May 1, 2013- Ethics and the Law: Protecting yourself and your client without losing sleep (Ontario Bar Association conference).
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Pro Bono


In co-operation with certain professional associations and insurance brokers, the Health Law Group at Bell Temple LLP is available to provide eligible health professionals with free summary, preventative legal advice pertaining to professional conduct issues that could result in College complaints or malpractice actions.

On this page you will be asked to provide information to confirm your eligibility for a pro bono legal consultation with the Bell Temple LLP Health Law Group. You will also be directed to general information pertaining to legal issues that commonly arise for regulated health professionals. If, after reviewing this information on this webpage, you still have legal questions, a member of the Health Law Team will be pleased to contact you for a follow-up discussion of up to 30 minutes duration. The service is confidential.

If your question relates to laws of a province other than Ontario, we will be pleased to direct you to an appropriate lawyer in your jurisdiction who is affiliated with the pro bono program.

If your concern falls outside our practice area (professional practice and regulatory matters), you may wish to contact the Law Society of Ontario’s Referral Service, which will connect you with a lawyer offering a free 30-minute consultation in an area of law of your choosing: https://www.lsuc.on.ca/lsrs/

If you have received formal notice of a lawsuit or a complaint, it is important that you call your insurance broker immediately. A call to our office is not sufficient to meet the obligations under your insurance policy to give notice to your insurer. Formal notice of a complaint or legal action may trigger coverage under your policy, in which case you will want to confirm the applicable terms and retain experienced legal counsel to represent you. We will be pleased to provide you with information on this process.

The Health Law Group at Bell Temple LLP has over 25 years professional experience in defending health professionals at all levels of Court in Ontario, as well as before the regulatory Colleges and various administrative tribunals in the province including the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario and the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board.




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