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Lawson Lundell LLP

Energy & Natural Resources: Mining

6 ranked lawyersBand 2Nationwide - CanadaCanada 2022 View ranking table
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What the team is known for

Lawson Lundell is widely considered to be one of the leading law firms for issues stemming from mining operations in British Columbia and the Canadian North. The mining group is also recognised for its mining development work in Central and Eastern Canada, as well as overseas. Its significant client roster includes junior mining companies in addition to well-established multinational players. The lawyers also offer substantial experience of corporate finance and mining M&A and are noted for their project development expertise, advising on early-stage exploration and a variety of operational issues. The team also assists clients with environmental and mine reclamation issues.


"They’re very intelligent and sophisticated people," note clients, appreciating that the team is "able to identify the issues and work towards solutions."

The practice is "very good in the pure mining space," added another interviewee.

Work highlights

A Lawson Lundell team led by Khaled Abdel-Barr advised Barrick Gold on the disposition of its interest in the Lagunas Norte mine in Peru to investment holding company Boroo.

Notable practitioners

Chris Baldwin continues to advise clients on transactions within the mining space. His long-standing expertise in the market also includes providing counsel on mine development and operations from his base in the firm's Vancouver office.

Co-leader of the firm's mining group Karen MacMillan handles commercial agreements and corporate transactions across the mining industry, with particular strength in asset purchases and dispositions.
"Karen MacMillan is an intelligent, sophisticated individual with lots of experience, and is willing to be available whenever is needed.""She is smart, articulate and very pleasant to work with."

Khaled Abdel-Barr is noted for the breadth of his mining practice, acting for domestic and international clients on transactional and operational mandates. He is based in Vancouver.
"Khaled Abdel-Barr is technically good and brings good issues to the table. He deals well with timelines." "He is very bright, dedicated, and works very hard."

Based in Vancouver, Stuart Breen represents mine owners and operators in relation to corporate finance and commercial mandates. He is also sought out for his expertise in securities and compliance issues.
"Stuart Breen has a deep knowledge regarding financing and the legal aspects of operating."

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The mining industry operates in a marketplace that stretches beyond national boundaries. Our clients range from junior companies carrying on early stage exploration to international companies with investments and projects spread across the globe. Mining investments and related cross-border issues require creative structuring and documentation. Our clients’ projects are complex and call for a team with a broad range of skills to provide legal support as projects develop.

Lawson Lundell has a long established Canadian and international mining practice that spans the range of legal services required by mining companies around the world and in Canada.We have an experienced project development team that is actively involved from early stage exploration and tenure acquisition through development, permitting, operations and closure of projects. We have an experienced mining finance team focused on raising capital and mergers and acquisitions activity. 

Our areas of expertise include:

  • Exploration
  • Permitting, Regulatory and Environmental Compliance
  • Consultation and Agreements with Indigenous people
  • Construction and Procurement
  • Operations and Commercial Mining Agreements
  • Care and Maintenance/Closure and Reclamation
  • Canadian Northern Practice
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Corporate Finance and Securities
  • Tax
  • Labour and Employment
  • Pensions and Employee Benefits
  • Commercial Litigation/Abritration


Abdel-Barr, Khaled

Armstrong, QC, Brad

Austman, Angela

Baldwin, Chris

Bergner, Keith

Breen, Stuart

Breen, Stuart

Catania, Steven

Cushing, Deborah

Dhaliwal, Mandeep

Ferris, Craig

Glass, Leonard

Kowbel, Christine

Kruger, Toby

Li, Michael

MacMillan, Karen

Muirhead, Gillian

Nyland, Jennifer

Roberts, Peter

Shipley, Lana

Smith, John

Thomson, Patrick

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Energy & Natural Resources: Mining

Lawson Lundell LLP


Suite 1600 Cathedral Place

925 West Georgia Street


British Columbia


V6C 3L2

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Chambers Research is conducted by 200 Research Analysts, across 200 jurisdictions and provides nearly 6,000 rankings tables. Annually we collect hundreds of thousands of responses from clients, the majority via in-depth interview. Learn more about our methodology.

Nationwide - Canada

Energy & Natural Resources: Mining

Chris Baldwin
Senior Statespeople
Karen MacMillan
Band 4
Khaled Abdel-Barr
Band 3
Stuart Breen
Band 5

Energy & Natural Resources: Mining: Development and Operations

Chris Baldwin
Senior Statespeople
Khaled Abdel-Barr
Band 2