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Environmental Law

Environmental law needs to be considered in many aspects of your commercial activities. From construction and planning permissions to pollution and workplace safety, you want to make progress whilst avoiding non-compliance with regulations that often carry severe penalties.

At Gowling WLG, we handle all of these issues so that you can get on with your business. Our role is to anticipate new developments in environmental law and deliver sound, practical advice and representation that addresses environmental issues as they arise.

We offer you the expertise of a specialised 'boutique' practice with the additional benefits of an international platform. Deep experience across our extensive team allows us to provide advice that is timely, on point and strategic in the context of complex litigation, environmental emergencies and interventions, business transactions, development projects and compliance matters, as well as day-to-day commercial operations.

Our services include: 

  • Approvals and permitting
  • Brownfield development
  • Business transactions
  • Chemical products compliance and management
  • Climate change and cap and trade
  • Environmental audit compliance and due diligence
  • Environmental impact assessment and process (project work)
  • Environmental litigation
  • Environmental site assessment and studies
  • First Nations issues in the context of natural resources and community management
  • Land rehabilitation
  • Preparedness and responses
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Reporting and documents conservation
  • Representations before courts and tribunals at all levels
  • Stewardships programmes
  • Training programmes
  • Waste management
  • Wastewater management
  • Water law


We also provide unparalleled depth and scope with regard to hazardous waste, chemicals, contaminated sites, shipments of hazardous goods, importation of new products, and environmental safety with respect to new products.

Our team is supported by experienced associates and paralegals, a number of whom are trained in environmental sciences and engineering. This expertise helps us to better understand your issues and develop appropriate legal strategies and solutions.

You can also obtain sophisticated advice on complex international transactions. Our lawyers have a proven track record of obtaining large project approvals, on which we apply our deep working knowledge of energy and Aboriginal law.

Environmental law is complex and wide-ranging. Our group has the scope and sophistication to advise you on all of your needs. To learn more about how we can help you, please contact any member of our team.

Key Contacts

Mira Gauvin
Mira Gauvin

Lee P McBride
Lee P McBride

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