Gowlings’ Environmental Law Group combines the strength and flexibility of a full-service national law firm with the expertise and quality of service of a boutique environmental practice. We help clients anticipate new developments in environmental law, delivering sound, practical advice and representation that helps clients address environmental issues as they arise.


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Our professionals are recognized nationally and internationally for their expertise in environmental law. Four of the group’s professionals are recognized as being amongst The Best Lawyers in Canada. In Ontario, five professionals have been certified as “Specialists in Environmental Law” by the Law Society of Upper Canada – a designation attributed exclusively to those who have met established standards of experience and knowledge, and maintained exemplary standards of professional practice. Three of our lawyers are recognized as leading lawyers in the area of environmental law by Who's Who Legal. PLC Which Lawyer? endorses three of our lawyers and highly recommends Gowlings in the area of environment.


Our services include:

  • Corporate Transactions – Environmental counsel in negotiations, due diligence and risk assessment as well as in drafting environmental provisions in transaction and finance documents
  • Corporate Advice – Counsel to businesses in a wide variety of industry sectors
  • Real Estate Transactions – Advice on potential liabilities relating to corporate real estate transactions and development projects
  • Brownfields – Advice on brownfield development strategies addressing environmental, municipal and planning approvals as well as economic incentives
  • Litigation and Advocacy – Representation at every level of court in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and Québec on a variety of issues, including toxic tort and contaminated lands litigation; defence and prosecution of environmental laws; counsel at parliamentary committees, municipal councils and provincial tribunals in the aforementioned provinces; and environmental arbitration and mediation
  • Environmental Assessments – Advice on compliance with provincial and federal environmental legislation
  • Climate Change – Advice on proposed measures to address climate change, including carbon credit quantification and verification
  • Toxic Substances – Assistance in dealing with the registration of new substances for use in Canada, and advice on the proposed designation of certain substances as toxic substances
  • Waste Management – Advice and representation on all aspects of waste management from permitting to ongoing compliance
  • First Nations – Counsel and representation for First Nations as well as public and private sectors involved in Aboriginal rights issues
  • Water and Wastewater Treatment and Management – Advice on day-to-day operations, corporate structuring and outsourcing of municipal services
  • Transportation of Dangerous Goods – Advice on the registration, use, storage, handling, importing/exporting and transportation of toxic and controlled substances
  • Emergency Response – Advice in respect of environmental emergencies
  • International Development – Preparation of institutional strengthening; and
  • Training – Design and delivery of environmental law training programs

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