Bennett Jones LLP

Energy, Projects, Environmental & Aboriginal Law

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What the team is known for

Acclaimed energy law firm, highly sought after for its solid regulatory advice and boasting ample experience of major oil and gas transactions. Also stands out for its strength in the power market in Alberta as well as in Ontario, where the group advises on significant commercial projects and offers additional expertise in renewable energy and construction. Advises energy industry clients on their Aboriginal law interests, primarily in relation to large project development and offers notable strength in litigation relating to Aboriginal rights. Enjoys a stellar reputation for environmental law and offers the full gamut of services, from environmental assessment to regulatory compliance, contaminated site management and the transportation of hazardous substances.


Interviewees note: "They bring knowledge and expertise to the table, as well as a hybrid of strategic and practical advice."

A source highlighted: "The team is particularly strong at ensuring industry best practices, and lessons from earlier matters are applied and leveraged."

Notable practitioners

Brad Gilmour is well known for his experience in the environmental space, having guided a number of clients through investigations and site remediations. One source said that "he is incredibly responsive," further enthusing: "His depth of knowledge in the area of environmental law is excellent. He is proactive and strategic – just excellent to work with."

David Bursey has a strong reputation in Indigenous law matters. He represents natural resources clients before administrative tribunals, provincial and federal courts and in their negotiations for various agreements in connection with major project development.

David Little is well regarded for his significant handling of project and infrastructure developments in British Columbia. He is often mandated by public authorities to advise on social infrastructure projects. Sources view him as "a problem solver who doesn't throw up walls you can't get through."

David Macaulay is "quick to understand problems and spend time with clients," noted one source. Head of the firm's power and renewable energy group, he provides significant expertise in power project development and M&A.

Donald Greenfield QC leverages his wealth of knowledge in oil and gas project development and financing in advising national and international clients in the sector. His practice includes asset sales, joint ventures and financing mandates for oil producers and exploration companies.

Lawrence Smith QC comes highly recommended for his significant knowledge of oil and gas regulation across Canada. Frequently appearing before national and provincial regulators, he attracts praise for his expertise in pipeline and LNG project applications.

Well versed in regulatory and compliance matters, Leonard Griffiths is described by sources as a "strategic thinker" and a "practical, creative, client-focused" practitioner who is "easy to work with and results-driven." One client said: "He's smart, very careful and attentive to our requirements."

Loyola Keough represents clients across Western Canada before both provincial and federal regulators. He acts on a wide range of regulatory matters impacting the electricity and natural resources sectors. Clients say: "He's great to work with."

The "top-notch" Patrick Maguire advises domestic and international oil and gas companies on high-value infrastructure development projects. He is equally skilled in mergers and acquisitions in the energy sector, and clients say: "He provides a powerful presence at the negotiation table, and he dives in and 'owns' complicated issues." He currently serves as managing partner of the firm's Calgary office.

Paul Blundy provides counsel to clients from the energy, natural resources and transportation sectors on both project delivery and finance. Acting on behalf of owners, lenders and contractors, his technical background as an engineer "enables him to quickly understand all matters related to construction and facility operations."

Vancouver managing partner Radha Curpen handles a broad range of work, including land contamination cases and regulatory compliance issues. One client enthused: "She is an exceptional attorney. She is not only incredibly responsive, but also strategic and judiciously proactive in helping the company navigate through environmental issues, making her an extraordinary advocate."

Vivek Warrier is widely respected for his handling of project development and M&A within the petroleum and natural gas industry. Noted by industry voices as "top-notch in terms of skill, responsiveness and overall representation," he also acts for energy clients on restructuring and contractual matters.

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Energy, Projects, Environmental & Aboriginal Law Department

Bennett Jones LLP

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4500 Bankers Hall East

855 - 2nd Street SW




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Aboriginal Law

David Bursey
Band 4

Energy: Oil & Gas (Regulatory)

Brad Gilmour
Band 3
Lawrence E Smith QC
Band 2
Loyola Keough
Band 3

Energy: Oil & Gas (Transactional)

Donald E Greenfield QC
Senior Statespeople
Patrick Maguire
Band 1