Davies has one of the leading Environmental practices in Canada with expertise to advise clients on local, national and international matters. Our Environmental practitioners work closely with Davies' transaction teams, evaluating and addressing environmental liabilities in a variety of circumstances including financings, public offerings, mergers and insolvencies.
Our clients operate in a broad range of industries including the energy (renewables/oil&gas/nuclear/hydroelectric), mining/refining, forestry/paper & pulp, real estate, chemical, pharmaceutical and manufacturing sectors. We provide strategic advice on a range of issues such as:
- project development/finance
- environmental impact assessment
- regulatory permitting
- aboriginal consultation
- remediation and brownfields redevelopment
- environmental compliance management systems and auditing
- occupational health & safety compliance
- carbon risk
- emergency response
- regulatory defence
Corporate boards, officers and directors seek our advice in relation to liability exposure. Our lawyers also routinely advise in complex environmental arbitration and litigation matters.
Davies' Environmental practice is internationally recognized as a leading firm by PLCWhich lawyer? Yearbook and the PLCCross-border Environmental Handbook, Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business, The Best Lawyers in Canada, Who's Who Legal: Canada and "repeatedly recommended" by The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory. Members of the practice are consistently recognized by peers, clients and other third-party organizations for their expertise in Canadian environmental law. Sarah Powell is recognized as one of seven Canadian lawyers in Expert Guides' Guide to the World's Leading Women in Business, one of four Canadian lawyers in Expert Guides' The Best of the Best (Environment) and as one of the top five leading environmental lawyers by The Lexpert®/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada. She is also certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a Specialist in Environmental Law.
We are actively involved with the development and reform of environmental law through legal and business organizations. Sarah Powell is the Treasurer of the National Environmental, Energy and Resources Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association, Past Chair of the Environmental Law Section of the Ontario Bar Association, a member of The Canadian Centre for Environmental Arbitration and Mediation and a member of the 2012 Steering Committee of the Cambridge Environmental Law Forum. Alex Pike is a Member of the Section Executive of the Environmental Law Section, Ontario Bar Association, the Energy & Environment Committee for the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and the Environment Committee, Business and Industry Advisory Committee, OECD.