The legal regime applicable to environmental considerations is both wide and complex. It is in constant and rapid evolution. Businesses, organizations and governmental entities cannot disregard the issues related to environmental protection and sustainable development.
Organizations face greater pressure than ever before to comply with their environmental obligations and, in many cases, exceed them. Environmental requirements are contained in a wide array of international, federal, provincial and local laws and agreements. It is essential to engage legal counsel with expertise in this area to help you understand all the moving parts.
WeirFoulds has deep experience advising public and private sector clients on environmental law and policy, and helping them stay abreast of shifting industry norms and consumer expectations. We advise clients on the impact of government climate change initiatives (including carbon taxes, cap and trade legislation and green energy programs), assist with environmental approvals, and help navigate the environmental components of commercial development and revitalization projects. We also represent clients in investigations and enforcement proceedings.
Our environmental dispute resolution services provide parties with an opportunity to avoid time-consuming and expensive proceedings though assisted negotiation, arbitration and mediation of complex issues. However, when litigation cannot be avoided, we have significant experience litigating environmental issues, including damages from migrating contamination, responsibility for contamination, nuisance actions, and remediation of contaminated sites.
We take a multi-disciplinary approach to our environmental files, engaging our energy, public, commercial, tax, litigation and expertise in laws concerning Indigenous Peoples as necessary to ensure our clients receive excellent advice that is tailored to their needs
Over the past thirty years we have acted in connection with virtually every major environmental disaster in Ontario. These and other significant matters include: