Bennett Jones LLP

Environment Department

Nationwide - Canada
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What the team is known for Established firm with a stellar reputation for environmental law and a strong bench of experts in the field. Services offered run the gamut from environmental assessment to regulatory compliance, contaminated site management and the transportation of hazardous substances. Draws upon the firm's strength in Aboriginal and energy regulatory law and is also known for its environmental litigation capabilities. Offers notable experience representing major energy clients in connection with LNG projects and pipeline issues. Also frequently provides strategic advice on environmental crisis management including prevention, emergency response and risk mitigation.

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

One interviewee praised the "depth and breadth" of the regulatory team.

Work highlights Assisted Global Container Terminals with the environmental aspects of its port terminal expansion project.

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."

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."

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."

According to sources,
Sarah Gilbert
is "personable, bright, knowledgeable and an incredibly good lawyer." She is particularly well versed in regulatory compliance work and also handles matters relating to dangerous goods transportation. A source noted: "She's very thorough - you know she won't miss any details."

Shawn Munro
regularly advises on regulatory proceedings and has a wealth of experience assisting clients with environmental impact assessments. He is especially noted for his expertise in oil and gas matters.