OVERVIEW & EXPERTISE

 

Corporations, municipalities and individuals charged with environmental offences or named in government compliance and remediation orders regularly call upon the Blakes Environmental group to defend them. Combining the courtroom skills of our nationally recognized trial and appellate litigators with the comprehensive knowledge and expertise of our environmental regulatory lawyers, Blakes offers a multidisciplinary team poised to handle the most complex environmental litigation. With excellent paralegal support, cutting-edge document management technology and a project management and e-discovery team, we handle large, document-intensive cases efficiently and cost-effectively.

Clients benefit from our extensive experience litigating a wide range of claims, including those related to property remediation and decontamination, oil and gasoline spills, storage and transportation of hazardous materials, noise and odour nuisances, insurance coverage for environmental damage, and professional negligence concerning environmental and engineering consulting services. We also represent clients in a broad spectrum of other environmental and occupational health and safety matters.

Blakes has successfully handled significant environmental litigation involving all major environmental laws. We have represented clients with respect to major environmental catastrophes such as the contamination of the drinking water in Walkerton, Ontario, a gasoline spill that caused the evacuation of the city of Timmins and coal tar contamination in Ottawa. We also frequently appear on behalf of clients at regulatory and administrative hearings, advise on permitting, approvals, licences, assessments, audits, investigations and regulatory compliance, and represent clients in arbitrations and mediations.

Clients rely on us throughout their business life cycle for risk-avoidance strategies as well as representation when disputes arise. From fact-finding and risk evaluation through final resolution and enforcement, our lawyers assert our clients’ interests at trial and appellate levels, in court, at the negotiating table, and before tribunals and government agencies.


Representative Matters

  • Represented a regional municipality in both prosecutions and civil litigation arising from a coal tar contaminated site.
  • Acted for a national petroleum company with respect to charges and administrative penalties concerning the construction of pipelines and river crossings in Alberta.
  • Defended an international tire manufacturing company with respect to industrial disease claims alleging asbestosis.
  • Represented a national petroleum company, handling the defence and appeal of charges concerning a major gasoline spill and related property damage, business loss and pollution of a river.
  • Advised a national manufacturer concerning litigation by a municipality over contamination of land in an industrial park leased by a predecessor company many years earlier.
 

 PEOPLE

 
Page: 1 of 1       1        Items per page: 25 | 50 | ALL
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3349
Areas of Expertise: Litigation & Dispute Resolution, International Dispute Resolution, Environmental & Aboriginal, Mining Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Business Crimes, Investigations & Compliance, Enterprise Risk & Crisis Response, Environmental Litigation & Enforcement
Associate | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-4601
Areas of Expertise: Environmental Assessment & Approvals, Environmental Litigation & Enforcement, Oil & Gas, Energy Regulatory, Mining, Environmental & Aboriginal
Partner | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-3333
Areas of Expertise: Environmental & Aboriginal, Energy, Brownfields Redevelopment, Environmental Litigation & Enforcement, Power, Oil & Gas, Mining, Forestry, Australia, Mining Streaming & Royalties, Chemical & Waste Regulation, Climate Change, Environmental Assessment & Approvals, Environmental Litigation & Enforcement, Transportation, LNG
Partner | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9710
Areas of Expertise: Brownfields Redevelopment, Climate Change, Environmental Assessment & Approvals, Environmental Litigation & Enforcement, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Energy, Restructuring & Insolvency, Renewables (Wind, Solar, Hydro & CleanTech), Chemical & Waste Regulation
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2938
Areas of Expertise: Class Actions, Constitutional & Charter of Rights, Corporate Litigation, Tax Controversy & Litigation, Aboriginal Law, Brownfields Redevelopment, Chemical & Waste Regulation, Environmental Assessment & Approvals, Environmental Litigation & Enforcement, Communications, Food, Beverage & Agribusiness, Manufacturing, Mining, Mining Streaming & Royalties, Environmental Litigation & Enforcement, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Class Actions, Constitutional & Charter of Rights, Corporate Litigation, Cannabis
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3868
Areas of Expertise: Environmental & Aboriginal, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Municipal & Planning, Renewables (Wind, Solar, Hydro & CleanTech), Automotive, Manufacturing, Food, Beverage & Agribusiness, Mining, Business Crimes, Investigations & Compliance, Brownfields Redevelopment, Chemical & Waste Regulation, Climate Change, Environmental Assessment & Approvals, Environmental Litigation & Enforcement, Mining Law, Mining Streaming & Royalties, Cannabis
Partner | Montréal, Toronto
Montréal: 514-982-4002
Toronto: 416-863-4003
Areas of Expertise: Chemical & Waste Regulation, Aboriginal Law, Environmental Assessment & Approvals, Mining Law, Plan Nord, Brownfields Redevelopment, Climate Change, Environmental Litigation & Enforcement, Forestry, Mining, Mining Streaming & Royalties
Office Managing Partner | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9648
Areas of Expertise: Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Intellectual Property, Energy, Construction, Restructuring & Insolvency, Class Actions, Construction Dispute Resolution, IP Litigation, Environmental Litigation & Enforcement
Associate | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-5257
Areas of Expertise: Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Class Actions, Constitutional & Charter of Rights, Employment Litigation, Environmental Litigation & Enforcement, Employment Law, Pensions & Benefits
Partner | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-3358
Areas of Expertise: Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Class Actions, Corporate Litigation, Product Liability, Business Crimes, Investigations & Compliance, Energy, Environmental Litigation & Enforcement, Competition Litigation, Aboriginal Law, Mining Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Counsel | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3077
Areas of Expertise: Environmental & Aboriginal, Brownfields Redevelopment, Chemical & Waste Regulation, Climate Change, Environmental Litigation & Enforcement, Energy Litigation, Energy Regulatory, Renewables (Wind, Solar, Hydro & CleanTech)
Counsel | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-3354
Areas of Expertise: Chemical & Waste Regulation, Environmental Assessment & Approvals, Environmental Litigation & Enforcement, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Energy Regulatory, Forestry, Oil & Gas, Power, Manufacturing, Brownfields Redevelopment, Mining, Mining Lending, Mining Streaming & Royalties, LNG
Page: 1 of 1       1        Items per page: 25 | 50 | ALL