Osgoode’s Investor Protection Clinic – the first of its kind in Canada – has honour of opening the Toronto Stock Exchange on Wednesday, February 7 at 9:30 a.m.

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The Investor Protection Clinic at York University’s Osgoode Hall Law School, which launched last fall and is the first clinic of its kind in Canada, will open the Toronto Stock Exchange on Wednesday, February 7 at 9:30 a.m.

Under the direction of Professor Poonam Puri, the clinic is staffed by Osgoode students who are paired with supervising lawyers from leading business law firms in Ontario. The student-lawyer teams provide free legal advice to qualifying investors on a range of issues. The Investor Protection Clinic was founded by FAIR Canada and Osgoode Hall Law School with funding from the Law Foundation of Ontario Access to Justice Fund.

Common issues that the Clinic may be able to help with include cases of an advisor, teller or customer service representative at a bank, insurance company or investment firm misrepresenting the risk of a client’s investments; funds being used in ways that a client was unaware of; an advisor making too many trades, resulting in high commissions or trading fees; a firm charging fees that were not explained to a client; and an advisor signing forms on a client’s behalf without their permission. However, the Clinic is unable to help clients with losses that occurred as a result of market forces and risks inherent in investing.

For more information about the Investor Protection Clinic, call 416-736-5538 or e-mail ipc@osgoode.yorku.ca