The Blakes Environmental group has particular expertise in chemical regulation matters, including the full range of Canadian regulations applicable to chemical substances and hazardous products.
Working collaboratively with our Environmental Litigation & Enforcement team, as well as corporate and regulatory lawyers, we represent and advise clients on all types of transactional, regulatory and litigation matters. Our lawyers often appear on behalf of clients at agency rulemakings and defend them against allegations of violations in administrative and judicial proceedings.
Clients retain us to assist with developing, implementing and enforcing chemical management systems and corporate compliance programs as well as for day-to-day business operations advice. They also seek our guidance on navigating the complex and wide-ranging chemical management statutes and the interplay of regulatory requirements when engaging in cross-border and multi-jurisdictional transactions. In each instance, we conduct due diligence and work with our clients to address all issues relating to chemical management and liability, insurance coverage, permitting and approvals, product protection and other contractual matters involving chemicals.
Chemical companies frequently request our advice on the legal requirements and regulatory restrictions applicable when importing and exporting chemical substances. Our environmental lawyers also advise on data retention, registration and reporting requirements, enforcement actions, risk assessment and management, as well as legislative developments and federal and provincial regulatory initiatives for all types of regulated chemical products.
Members of our team have advanced degrees in chemical engineering and related fields, making us particularly adept at advising on intellectual property protection, product licensing, implementation of appropriate controls and toxicological testing.