Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP

Environment Department

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What the team is known for Recognised team which draws upon the firm's interdisciplinary approach to offer experience across a range of jurisdictions and different environmental services. Substantial expertise in brownfield development, waste and waste water management, and climate change with regard to cap-and-trade systems. The team offers expertise acting for clients in Northern Canada and on behalf of indigenous communities. It stands out for its impressive Canada-wide energy regulatory strength and robust nuclear practice. It is also highlighted for its representation of subcontractors and facilities service providers in infrastructure projects throughout the country. Often acts for project sponsors and lenders, and has a significant practice emphasis on social infrastructure projects. Also gaining in traction on the contentious side, having acted on major PPP and infrastructure disputes across a variety of jurisdictions.

Strengths A client states: "Each team member has extensive knowledge of their particular field of law and they have all worked very hard to provide exceptional quality deliverables in a timely manner."

"The team is very professional, with a great focus on current trends and how those could impact clients," said a source.

Work highlights Represented Henvey Inlet First Nation in the development of a 300 MW wind generation project and transmission line on reserve lands.

Acted as counsel to Michels Canada, Kenaidan and Obayashi Corporation regarding the design-build joint venture for the North Shore Wastewater Treatment Plant project.

Notable practitioners

Adam Chamberlain is well versed in infrastructure development and natural resources. He offers significant expertise advising on Aboriginal communities matters.

Sources praise pre-eminent practitioner Brian Crane QC for his long-standing work in this field. His recent experience includes acting for the plaintiffs in the Federal Indian Day School Class Action.

Darryl Brown is noted by sources as an "excellent" practitioner who "really understands all areas." Based in Toronto, he is contracted by equity providers, financial institutions, owners, developers and contractors to advise on project agreements and management covering a wide range of project delivery methods.

Harry Dahme is a respected environmental lawyer recognised for his experience handling environmental regulatory and due diligence matters. He also offers considerable expertise in litigation involving environmental concerns.

Ian Mondrow is a Toronto-based regulatory lawyer who is noted for his broad expertise pertaining to the electricity sector, including both energy policy and regulatory policy matters. Market sources confirm that Mondrow is "a very good regulatory lawyer."

The "remarkable" James Smellie continues to be recognised as a doyen of the Calgary power market. He remains an invaluable source of advice in connection with regulatory, administrative law and litigation matters.

Maxime Faille garners praise for his "truly cross-country practice" and involvement in "precedent-setting cases." He is highly respected for his handling of major First Nations taxation advocacy work and has appeared before all levels of court including the Supreme Court of the Northwest Territories, the Yukon Supreme Court and the Supreme Court of Canada.