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Koziebrocki Law is a team of lawyers for accountants. We represent accountants who are regulated by the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario (“CPA Ontario”), which was established in 2014 as the profession’s qualifying and regulatory body for all chartered professional accountants, students in the CPA program, applicants, and firms.

CPA Ontario Complaints & Accountants

At Koziebrocki Law, we help accountants respond to complaints made to CPA Ontario.

Claims against a chartered professional accountant and their firm can yield significant damage to their reputation and ability to continue in their profession. Our legal services are designed to help our clients navigate their proceedings from depositions to appeals.

How Our Accountant Lawyers Assist Accountants

Our experienced accountant lawyers represent chartered professional accountants in Toronto and across Ontario with various regulatory matters, including the following:

  • Advising on compliance with relevant legislation and standards, including the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario Act, 2017, and the bylaws, as well as the CPA Code of Professional Conduct, regulations, and policies of CPA Ontario.
  • Responding to various inquiries at CPA Ontario, including drafting responses to complaints that are reviewed by the Professional Conduct Committee.
  • Defending chartered professional accountants at CPA Ontario discipline hearings in front of the CPA’s Discipline Committee; and
  • Representing chartered professional accountants in CPA Ontario appeals before the Appeal Committee, which has all the powers of the Discipline Committee and can confirm, reject, or amend decisions and orders of the Discipline Committee.

Frequently Asked Questions About Accountant Lawyers

What is an accountant lawyer?

An accountant lawyer is a lawyer who acts as legal counsel for chartered professional accountants. An accountant lawyer is responsible for representing accountants in various legal proceedings and responding to claims brought against them.

When may I need an accountant lawyer?

Chartered professional accountants are responsible for offering accounting services, including financial planning and management. If a complaint has been filed against you for mismanagement or a breach of professional contact, enlisting the help of a professional lawyer for accountants is the first step to resolving the matter.

An experienced accountant lawyer can help you navigate your industry’s legislation and standards, including the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario Act of 2017 and various bylaws, the CPA Code of Professional Conduct, and policies brought forth by CPA Ontario.

At Koziebrocki Law, we provide legal services in Toronto to accountants across Ontario. We are equipped to respond to CPA Ontario inquiries, draft responses to complaints, and defend clients in disciplinary hearings or before the Appeal Committee.

What is CPA Ontario?

CPA Ontario refers to the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario, a regulatory body responsible for protecting the public’s interest, ensuring its members meet the industry’s standards of integrity and professionalism.

CPA Ontario includes the Code of Professional Conduct which applies to all Ontario accounting firms and individual members, regardless of the varying professional services offered. Members are expected to comply with the CPA Code at all times to ensure they are adhering to their industry's standards of expertise.

How to respond to a complaint to CPA Ontario

If an individual utilizing a chartered professional accountant’s services finds fault with those services, they are entitled to file a complaint to CPA Ontario, regardless of whether the services were executed by a CPA or non-CPA Ontario member.

A complaint against a chartered professional accountant and their firm in Toronto or Ontario can cause significant stress and future damage to their business. It’s important to enlist the help of a lawyer for accountants who can help remedy the situation.

The formal complaint process involves several steps, all of which must be followed by the defendant. When working with a lawyer, you’ll want to ensure you’ve submitted the proper paperwork and submitted any relevant, non-privileged materials to CPA Ontario. Failure to do so could result in professional discipline.

In some instances, if the Professional Conduct Committee (PCC) is concerned there is harm or risk to the public, you may face the imposition of a preliminary suspension or restrictions to your practice. A qualified accountant lawyer will guide you through these proceedings to ensure guidelines are followed.

Once the investigation has concluded, a report may be compiled for review by a PCC subcommittee. In this case, you may be directly questioned in a deposition. Our team of Toronto lawyers for accountants offers professional services across Ontario to prepare you adequately.

Depending on the outcome, your lawyer may need to negotiate a settlement, refer the matter to the next appropriate committee, or take remedial action.

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