Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers LLP

Environment Department

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What the team is known for Highly regarded environmental law boutique headquartered in Toronto whose services run the gamut of environmental issues from litigation to transactions and regulatory advice. Clients include a broad range of municipalities and real estate, transportation and energy companies. Particular areas of strength include advising on the redevelopment of contaminated land, permitting and approvals, as well as waste water treatment and management. The firm has additional offices in Ottawa, Calgary and Yellowknife.

Strengths One source praised the firm's "terrific and very deep team," as another remarked: "Willms & Shier has a depth of experience that allows it to advise on substantive issues and provide practical advice and solutions."

Work highlights Acted for the Town of Collingwood and County of Simcoe on an appeal against a Renewable Energy Approval for the construction of wind turbines near the Collingwood Regional Airport. This was due to the potential impact on safety of the airport's operating airspace.

Notable practitioners

Donna Shier possesses extensive experience advising corporate clients on a broad range of complex environmental matters. She is particularly recognised for her expertise in relation to  contaminated property transactions. She is "extremely strong and knowledgeable," according to market sources.

The "very knowledgeable" Marc McAree is "an outstanding litigator," remarked an impressed client, who added: "I am truly impressed by his preparation and command of the facts." He is recognised for his experience in handling an array of environmental matters including contaminated property, liability and due diligence issues.