Paul Edwards Partner

Speaks:  English

Year of Call: 1979 - Alberta

Primary phone: +1 403-292-9815

Fax: +1 403-263-9193


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Primary office:  Calgary

Paul Edwards

Paul Edwards is a partner in the Calgary office of Gowling WLG practising in the field of commercial litigation with a particular interest in the resolution of disputes outside of the court process.

He has appeared before the Alberta Court of Queen's Bench and the Alberta Court of Appeal in numerous commercial actions and appeals on issues of corporate and commercial law, contractual and statutory interpretation, oil and gas law, constitutional law and aspects of administrative law that pertain to the energy industry. He has represented a large number of oil and gas producers, land owners and concerned citizens on issues such as: the interpretation of grants and the classification of mineral rights, the continuation and expiration of mineral leases, the rights of royalty-holders, independent operations, pre-emptive rights and prohibitions against assignment, the presence and scope of fiduciary duties and the duty of good faith in contractual performance.

He is the author or co-author of a number of papers on energy-related subjects, evidentiary issues and employment law issues.

Paul has a particular interest in helping clients understand that they are entitled to expect a high standard of commercial integrity from governments, partners and others, just as they must consistently adhere to such standards themselves.

Paul does extensive volunteer work with Scouts Canada and has served on the boards of various charities. Within Gowling WLG, he is committed to helping the firm continue to be a fun and rewarding workplace for all its employees. He is a member of the firm's Diversity and Inclusion Council and an adviser under the firm’s Respect in the Workplace Policy.

Career & Recognition

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  • 1979

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      Year of Call, Alberta
  • 1978

    • Education
      University of London, LLM
  • 1976

    • Education
      Dalhousie University, LLB
  • 1973

    • Education
      University of Toronto, BA


  • Law Society of Alberta
  • Co-author (with Danielle Marechal), "Alberta Court Interprets Termination Clauses in Oil & Gas Lease," May 2014
  • Author, "Freehold Lease Terminations: Summary Judgment Efforts Falter," May 2014
  • Author, "Freehold Leases Terminated on Summary Judgements," April 2013
  • Author, "Alberta Introduces New Energy Regulator," November 20, 2012
  • Co author (with John Ballem), "ERCB's rulings on validity of freehold oil and gas leases," Lexology, December 21, 2009
  • Co-Presenter (with John Ballem), "Payout Accounts," 6th Annual Joint Conference of the Canadian Gas Producers Association and the Petroleum Joint Venture Association, November 1999
  • Co-Presenter (with E. Mitchell Shier), "Practice Points on Three Aspects of Oil and Gas Property Transactions — Operatorship, Confidentiality and Title Review," Insight Conferences, February 5, 1999
  • Presenter "Special Problems Arising Under Operating Agreements," Insight Conferences, November 1, 1996
  • Author, "Environmental Audits and Privilege: The Courts Make their Debut," 3 J.E.L.P.204, 1993
  • Presenter, "Protecting Against Environmental Liability Arising from Drilling and Servicing Operations," Conference of the Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors, April 1991
  • Presenter, "Personal Liability of Directors and Officers for Environmental Offences and Civil Wrongs — An Overview," University of Calgary World Environment Conference, April 1991
  • Author, "Confidentiality in Environmental Auditing," 1 J.E.L.P.1, 1991
  • Presenter, "Changing Environmental Regulation of the Oil and Gas Industry," Insight Conferences, November 5, 1990
  • Author, "The Al-Pac Review Hearings: A Case Study," Environmental Law Centre, 1990