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Lawson Lundell LLP

General Business Law

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What the team is known for

Vancouver-headquartered firm with a well-established Yellowknife presence. Noted for its depth of experience across the Northwest Territories, the Yukon and Nunavut, acting for a number of long-term clients from both the private and public sectors. Such clients include energy companies, Aboriginal organisations, regulatory agencies and government bodies. Possesses deep expertise in administrative and constitutional law, as well as labour and employment and project development north of 60. The firm advises on a wide range of corporate and commercial matters and related litigation and arbitration, and provides ongoing regulatory guidance in relation to high-profile mining projects throughout the Arctic. The team in Yellowknife is supported by the resources of the firm's Vancouver and Calgary offices.

Work highlights

Provides a wide range of ongoing advice to the Northwest Territories Legislative Assembly, including in relation to the legal frameworks surrounding devolution of lands and minerals from the federal government to the NWT.

Notable practitioners

The "excellent" Christine Kowbel operates a well-reputed Northern practice, with expertise in the fields of mining, indigenous and environmental law. Active across all Northern provinces, her experience encompasses regulatory, licensing and assessment issues, including project development.

Sandra MacKenzie is reputed across Nunavut and the Northwest Territories for her labour and employment practice. With further expertise spanning administrative law and civil litigation, market sources describe her as a "great lawyer who embodies community values."

Pre-eminent lawyer Sheila MacPherson excels in the fields of constitutional law and litigation across the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. She is noted for her "meticulous legal analysis,"and clients enthuse: "There's no lawyer in north-west Canada who better understands the political and cultural importance of the North."

Toby Kruger represents a range of public and private companies across the Northern territories in a range of regulatory matters and litigation. He frequently acts on behalf of stakeholders in mining operations, and provides further counsel on environmental issues and Aboriginal law.

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Overview

We understand the challenges and opportunities that operating in the North presents. The region’s vast geography, seasonal constraints, significant impact of settled and unsettled land claims, and important intersections with government bodies and agencies make the northern territories a unique climate in which to do business. Our full service northern legal team has the knowledge and the deep commitment necessary to help our clients achieve success in the North.

The northern regulatory landscape is complex. Settled and pending land claim agreements of Inuit, Métis and other Aboriginal groups must be respected and understood. These factors together with the heightened importance of logistical planning mean proponents and government agencies require timely, cost effective and practical legal advice. We bring our local knowledge as well as the full resources of our firm to support clients’ business needs and major project development in northern Canada.

Our broad northern experience includes matters involving:

  • Project development, land tenure, environmental regulation and Aboriginal law and related economic development issues including benefit agreements and litigation
  • Government relations and legislative review
  • Securities and financing
  • Labour and employment
  • Pensions and employee benefits
  • Tax (personal and business tax, including property tax)

Members

Abdel-Barr, Khaled

Armstrong, QC, Brad

Baldwin, Chris

Bergner, Keith

Cushing, Deborah

Holland, Alyssa

Kowbel, Christine

Kruger, Toby

Nyland, Jennifer

Olynyk, John

Syer, Tim

Woolley, Suzanne

General Business Law Department

Lawson Lundell LLP

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Department location

Suite 200

4915-48 Street

YK Centre East

Yellowknife

Northwest Territories

Canada

X1A 2N6

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Northern Canada and Arctic

General Business Law


Christine Kowbel
Band 2
Sandra MacKenzie
Band 3
Sheila MacPherson
Band 1
Toby Kruger
Band 3