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Does a disclaimer either 'void' or 'trump' "due care?"

In my example, CPA Ontario, a self-regulated body with an educational program recently re-assessed my work experience, after it was previously approved two years ago. The organization said it reserves the right to re-ass… (Read more)

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Samuel Michaels

Founder & Lawyer, SM Legal

Since CPA (Chartered Professional Accountant) Ontario is a self-regulated entity, it may be in your interest to obtain a copy of their regulations, which should detail the review and reassessment practices. The regulations in all likelihood will also contain complaint and dispute resolution procedures. Unfortunately, since you are dealing with a self-regulated entity, you will likely have to operate within the established policies. In general, a disclaimer does not fully void a duty of care, but without seeing the specific regulatory structure for the CPA, it is impossible to know for certain what effects the disclaimer has. It may be valuable for you to document all relevant events (including names, dates, and descriptions where possible) and then reach out to the CPA to inquire about a dispute resolution process. Beyond that, you may want to contact the Ministry of Labour (, though their relationships with self-regulated entities (CPA, LSUC, etc.) varies.

Answered: 9 months ago