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Health and social services


The innovative spirit of Lavery’s lawyers leads us to develop expertise in new areas. Health law is one such field in which the firm has created a team offering integrated services and know-how adapted to the needs of individuals, organizations, and companies in Quebec’s extensive health care system.

Our team is trusted by many players in all sectors of the health and social services industry. Public and private institutions, professional bodies, representative associations, lobby groups, and research companies all know us as experienced advisers who understand their operating requirements and development projects. They see us as professionals interested in working with them to develop optimal complementarity and collaboration to pinpoint solutions adapted to their needs.

With the many changes to legislation, regulations, directives, and standards that have amended, set aside, and clarified the general principles of law, health law must be seen as a specific set of standards. When you add the hundreds of legal rulings made over the years, the need for access to competencies at the cutting edge of knowledge and practices becomes clear.


We offer professional services in many fields, including the following:

  • administrative health law
  • infrastructure design and construction, through traditional methods or public-private partnerships
  • bioethics and human rights
  • labour relations and occupational health and safety
  • governance and management of health and social service institutions
  • regulations and contracts
  • public health issues
  • directors and officers liability
  • professional and disciplinary law
  • management of scientific research
  • technology transfer and commercialisation
  • civil liability of health and social services institutions
  • management of information technology

Representative mandates

Together with the health care system and its partners, we have achieved the following results:

  • We have represented health and social services institutions throughout Quebec for more than thirty years. In addition, we played an active role in the formulation and drafting of the first Act respecting health services and social services and its regulations.
  • In addition to acting as legal advisers, we represent clients before common law courts and administrative tribunals as well as authorities such as the Régie de l'assurance maladie du Québec and the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux
  • We also draft contracts, service and partnership agreements, regulations, resource use rules, rules of care, service protocols, and policies
  • Some of our lawyers are legislative drafters and sought-after strategic advisers who regularly help to resolve delicate issues related to the organization and delivery of health and social services
  • Our expertise in the protection of personal information is not only recognized but constantly enriched by regular updates to reference books on the subject and put to good use in a variety of mandates
  • Our lawyers develop innovative contract management solutions for public institutions, companies, and organizations in Quebec's life sciences sector and specialize in the preparation and negotiation of technology transfer license agreements, research and development contracts, distribution agreements, fundamental and clinical research agreements, and agreements regarding the assignment of intellectual property rights
  • Over the years, our highly specialized lawyers have advised many institutions and university research centres on the management of research and commercialization contracts; they have also advised biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies at all stages of their development
  • We have been involved in many cases related to hospital and professional liability since the launch of the insurance program in the1980's
  • For almost thirty years, we have represented hospitals and other organizations and institutions in the health and social services system in a variety of disputes with a team of advisors and litigants experienced in these fields
  • On behalf of our clients, we have contributed to the analysis and preparation of briefs to be presented to parliamentary committees
  • We have an active team specialized in class action suits
  • At the request of clients, we have produced, and continue to produce, guides to the implementation of current regulations, which have become vital reference tools
  • We have represented our clients at every stage of the formulation, adoption, and implementation of most of the laws and regulations governing the provision of health care and services enacted by Quebec and Canadian authorities

Our team

Many members of our team are well-known authors who have published texts and documents routinely used by players in the health care system.

We participate regularly in professional training activities for health care institutions, managers, and professionals. Some of our members are active in national and international scientific and academic communities.

Our focus on professional and scientific excellence and rigour lead us to establish personalized relations with every client in accordance with their needs and means. This approach is facilitated by our ability to offer a full range of services.

We favour interventions upstream of the decisions and actions of our clients. Over the years, we have demonstrated that the legal implications of their initiatives must be considered along with factors of a financial or organizational nature. By participating in the planning stages of projects and pointing out their legal ramifications, we contribute to the ultimate success of those projects.

We offer flexible terms facilitating on-going business relations with our clients and have developed packages adapted to the specific needs of each one. With these packages, we can assign a member of our team to act as their primary contact and liaise with colleagues as necessary to gain access to any additional expertise required. We can also offer our services to groups established on a territorial or other basis. Finally, we can of course carry out specific ad hoc mandates.

Whether straightforward or complex, all questions submitted to members of Lavery's health law team are handled with the same rigour and concern for efficiency.

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