Environmental

Our Group

Miller Thomson’s Environmental Law Group lawyers are legal planners, negotiators and advocates. We have experience with professional engineers, regulators, prosecutors and policy makers. We speak the language of environmental consultants and corporate decision makers.

Our Services

Serving a broad range of clients from many industries, we provide integrated expertise in all areas of environmental law including:

  • Contaminated land/brownfield redevelopment
  • Land acquisitions, development and sale
  • Transactional environmental due diligence
  • Defence of environmental and related prosecutions
  • Directors and Officers liability
  • Emission control and abatement
  • Environmental approvals
  • Environmental assessment
  • Environmental civil litigation
  • Environmental compliance
  • Insurance
  • Legislative drafting and interpretation
  • Waste management
  • Water and sewage servicing

Our Experience

Our lawyers have cultivated a thorough knowledge of government processes and regulators and continue to maintain excellent relationships with existing personnel.

Because of the size and expertise of our group, and the relationships our lawyers have with a wide variety of environmental consultants, our partners delegate both internally and also outsource to consultants and paralegals, as needed, to maximize the client’s advantage. Thus, we are always able to offer cost-effective and timely legal advice.

Representative Work

  • Advise on transactions involving contaminated land and negotiate agreements between land owners dealing with environmental contamination, brownfield redevelopment and brownfield funding

  • Acted as counsel to the municipality in the Walkerton Water Inquiry (including all the attendant regulatory, enforcement and remedial work)

  • Advised municipalities regarding compliance with post-Walkerton legislative and regulatory initiatives

  • Argued precedent setting contaminated site cases in B.C., Ontario, and the Supreme Court of Canada

  • Resolve significant environmental insurance claims

  • Successful defence of companies and directors and officers in environmental prosecutions

  • Mediated a multi-party dispute with various levels of government involving urbanisation and contamination issues