OVERVIEW & EXPERTISE

 

 “A strong presence within the environmental space nationwide. Offers notable strength in the environmental aspects of project development, including a strong emphasis on pipelines and mining-related work. Other areas of expertise include regulatory and contamination issues, and major business transactions.”

Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business 2016

 

Complex environmental regulations exist at all levels of government in Canada and, in one form or another, impact nearly every business. These regulations are often vague and open to judicial interpretation, which can create uncertainty for corporations and their officers and directors. Furthermore, penalties for violations are steep.

Corporations need lawyers skilled at navigating through the many layers of regulations and experienced with devising risk-avoidance strategies. World-class energy, resource and manufacturing companies engage Blakes to provide timely and reliable solutions to their environmental law challenges. They rely on our proven reputation as leading environmental lawyers skilled at advancing client growth strategies while effectively resolving their disputes and assuring environmental compliance.

Companies regularly call on us for solutions when dealing with contaminated-site cleanup and liability, the establishment of municipal landfill and waste management operations, air and water permitting requirements, spill responses, greenhouse gas emissions or the import, export and disposal of hazardous or toxic substances. Our litigators have successfully defended numerous corporations, municipalities and individuals charged with environmental offences or named in government compliance and remediation orders. Preventing problems beforehand, however, is more valuable to companies than solving them once they occur. We develop sophisticated strategies to minimize our clients’ exposure to environmental liabilities and advise clients on management, compliance, due diligence procedures, training and permit requirements for projects with potential environmental ramifications.

We also regularly advise on aboriginal rights and have been involved in virtually every aspect of aboriginal rights and constitutional litigation on behalf of First Nations, including numerous precedent-setting cases. Blakes lawyers have acted for corporations, organizations, institutions and First Nations in connection with various business opportunities and transactions, and on several landmark claims involving aboriginal rights, lands and natural resources.

Working closely with members of our Corporate & Commercial, Financial Services, Commercial Real Estate, Municipal & Planning and Restructuring & Insolvency groups, among others, we provide environmental law advice to clients involved in business and real estate acquisitions, infrastructure development, land leasing and financing of commercial real estate transactions. We frequently oversee environmental site assessments and audits as part of major business transactions involving multiple properties across the country and around the world.

 



 

 INDUSTRY RECOGNITION

 

Members of our Environmental group have been consistently recognized as leaders by the following industry guides and publications:

  • Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business – Our Environmental team is ranked in Band 1.
  • Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business – Our Environmental team is ranked in Band 1.
  •  The Legal 500 Canada The Blakes Environmental group is ranked in Tier 1.
  • Who’s Who Legal: Canada
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory
 

 PEOPLE

 
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Associate | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-3328
Areas of Expertise: Environmental Assessments & Approvals, Environmental Litigation & Enforcement, Brownfields Redevelopment, Energy Regulatory, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Oil & Gas
Partner | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-3393
Areas of Expertise: Environmental Assessments & Approvals, Corporate & Commercial, Mining Law, Mining Streaming & Royalties, Oil & Gas, Power, LNG, Aboriginal
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3349
Areas of Expertise: Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Arbitration, Mining Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Business Crimes, Investigations & Compliance, Environmental Litigation & Enforcement, Investment Treaty Arbitration
Partner | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9682
Areas of Expertise: Corporate Governance, Corporate & Commercial, Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity, Shareholder Activism, Climate Change, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Renewables (Wind, Solar, Hydro, & CleanTeach), Transmission & Distribution, Capital Markets, Oil & Gas
Associate | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9645
Areas of Expertise: Environmental, Energy Regulatory, Climate Change, Corporate Litigation, Pipeline & Midstream, Power, Renewables (Wind, Solar, Hydro, & CleanTeach)
Associate | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4133
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Environmental, Mining, Aboriginal, Climate Change, Environmental Assessments & Approvals, Environmental Litigation & Enforcement
Associate | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9651
Areas of Expertise: Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Aboriginal, Environmental
Associate | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-4601
Areas of Expertise: Environmental Assessments & Approvals, Environmental Litigation & Enforcement, Oil & Gas, Energy Regulatory, Mining, Environmental, Aboriginal, Environmental
Associate | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-3379
Areas of Expertise: Aboriginal, Environmental Litigation & Enforcement, Corporate Litigation, Energy, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, E-Discovery & Document Management
Partner | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-3333
Areas of Expertise: Environmental, Energy, Brownfields Redevelopment, Environmental Litigation & Enforcement, Power, Oil & Gas, Mining, Forestry, Australia, Mining Streaming & Royalties, Chemical & Waste Regulation, Climate Change, Environmental Assessments & Approvals, Environmental Litigation & Enforcement, LNG, Aboriginal
Partner | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-4177
Areas of Expertise: Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Corporate Litigation, Construction Dispute Resolution, Class Actions, Arbitration, Mining Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Aboriginal, International Trade, Environmental Litigation & Enforcement, Transmission & Distribution, Infrastructure, Constitutional & Charter of Rights
Partner | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4033
Areas of Expertise: Environmental, Environmental Assessments & Approvals, Climate Change, Brownfields Redevelopment, Oil & Gas, Renewables (Wind, Solar, Hydro, & CleanTeach), Mining, Mining Streaming & Royalties, Lobbying, Major Projects, Pipeline & Midstream, Aboriginal, Government & Public Sectors, Energy
Associate | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9785
Areas of Expertise: Securities Litigation, Business Crimes, Investigations & Compliance, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Environmental Litigation & Enforcement, Corporate Litigation, Anti-Corruption & Bribery
Partner | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9710
Areas of Expertise: Brownfields Redevelopment, Climate Change, Environmental Assessments & Approvals, Environmental Litigation & Enforcement, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Energy, Restructuring & Insolvency, Renewables (Wind, Solar, Hydro, & CleanTeach), Chemical & Waste Regulation, Aboriginal
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2938
Areas of Expertise: Class Actions, Constitutional & Charter of Rights, Corporate Litigation, Tax Controversy & Litigation, Brownfields Redevelopment, Chemical & Waste Regulation, Environmental Assessments & Approvals, Communications, Food, Beverage & Agribusiness, Manufacturing, Mining, Mining Streaming & Royalties, Environmental Litigation & Enforcement, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Class Actions, Constitutional & Charter of Rights, Corporate Litigation, Environmental, Aboriginal
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3868
Areas of Expertise: Environmental, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Municipal Planning, Renewables (Wind, Solar, Hydro, & CleanTeach), Automotive, Manufacturing, Food, Beverage & Agribusiness, Mining, Business Crimes, Investigations & Compliance, Brownfields Redevelopment, Chemical & Waste Regulation, Climate Change, Environmental Assessments & Approvals, Environmental Litigation & Enforcement, Mining Law, Mining Streaming & Royalties, Aboriginal
Partner | Montréal, Toronto
Montréal: 514-982-4002
Toronto: 416-863-4003
Areas of Expertise: Chemical & Waste Regulation, Environmental Assessments & Approvals, Mining Law, Brownfields Redevelopment, Climate Change, Environmental Litigation & Enforcement, Forestry, Mining, Mining Streaming & Royalties, Aboriginal, Environmental
Partner | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-4220
Areas of Expertise: Anti-Money Laundering, Constitutional & Charter of Rights, Construction, Corporate Litigation, Energy, Environmental, International Trade, Media & Defamation, Mining, Mining Lending, Mining Streaming & Royalties, Mining Litigation & Dispute Resolution, LNG, Aboriginal, Government & Public Sectors
Associate | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9618
Areas of Expertise: Energy Regulatory, Environmental, Communications
Associate | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4291
Areas of Expertise: Environmental, Climate Change, Energy, Corporate & Commercial, Aboriginal, Lobbying
Associate | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9742
Areas of Expertise: Energy Regulatory, Environmental, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Aboriginal
Partner | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9635
Areas of Expertise: Environmental, Aboriginal, Energy Regulatory, Power, LNG, Power
Partner | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9633
Areas of Expertise: Energy Regulatory, Climate Change, Environmental Assessments & Approvals, Pipeline & Midstream, Power, Mining Law, Mining Lending, Mining Streaming & Royalties, LNG, Aboriginal, Environmental
Associate | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4258
Areas of Expertise: Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Environmental
Partner | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9698
Areas of Expertise: Corporate Litigation, Securities Litigation, Class Actions, Employment Litigation, Development, Environmental Litigation & Enforcement, Banking, Oil & Gas, Consumer Protection
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