Laura Van Soelen

Laura Van Soelen is a Toronto-based partner in Gowling WLG's Energy Group, whose expertience lies in energy regulation (at provincial and federal levels), commercial contracting and dispute resolution.

Laura's clients include power producers in the conventional and nuclear sectors, distributors, retailers and industrial energy consumers. On matters pertaining to the regulation of electricity, natural gas and nuclear energy, she represents clients on applications and in compliance proceedings before the Ontario Energy Board, the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board, and the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission.

Laura advises clients on a range of compliance and regulatory matters, including licensing, affiliate relationships, jurisdictional issues, facilities applications, rate applications and implications of mergers and acquisitions. She also advises on emerging issues such as carbon pricing and integration of distributed energy resources into broader energy systems, as well as the regulation of nuclear projects, including in relation to small modular reactors. Laura is also a member of the firm’s Hydrogen group.  

Laura's dispute resolution work focuses on the resolution of complex commercial cases on behalf of energy companies and suppliers.

Laura's practice is complemented by her experience as a secondee to a power generator in Ontario, where she advised the company on a broad range of legal issues, including import and export licensing, project-related licensing requirements, affiliate relationships and new nuclear development. She also represented the company in commercial negotiations.

Laura regularly engages in pro bono work and mentors associates.

Career & Recognition

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Memberships

  • The Advocates' Society
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • Law Society of Ontario
  • Canadian Nuclear Law Organization
  • International Nuclear Law Association

Representative Work

Regulatory

  • Co-counsel to private company seeking licence amendment and export permits before the CNSC
  • Counsel to intervenor in facilities and rates applications before the OEB
  • Co-counsel to electricity retailer in compliance proceeding before the OEB

Arbitration

  • Counsel to a major energy company regarding a multibillion-dollar infrastructure project
  • Counsel to property owners and service providers in disputes concerning energy programs in Ontario (e.g., Feed-In-Tariff Program)

Litigation

  • Counsel to construction companies and real estate developers on injunctions and lien matters