Boughton Law’s Environmental Practice Group advises clients on complex environmental legal issues facing businesses in British Columbia and beyond.

In today’s climate, sustainability practices and ecological awareness are key considerations for businesses and large scale projects. Environmental issues can cover a wide range of topics and implications. Boughton Law has represented corporations, individuals, Indigenous Peoples, and non-profit organizations, protecting, defending and enforcing their interests and assisting them in complying with relevant laws and regulations. In the course of our work, we’ve appeared before boards, review panels, tribunals and courts for regulatory authorities as well as for applicants, defendants and other stakeholders.

We advise clients on a diverse array of matters, including:

  • Remediation of contaminated sites
  • Options for cost recovery
  • Applicability, scope, and impact of regulatory offences
  • Emissions cap trading protocols
  • Renewable energy options
  • Directors’ and officers’ liability
  • Residential environmental issues
  • Wildlife protection
  • Federal and provincial environmental assessments
  • Sustainable development (i.e. green technology), and
  • General environmental litigation

We also advise on business, legal, and regulatory concerns relating to sustainable development, including:

  • Project planning and investment
  • Emissions trading
  • Regulatory proceedings and licensing
  • Green building and community development
  • Power purchase and sale
  • Environmental assessments
  • Land use and rights of way
  • Movement and disposal of hazardous wastes and materials
  • Development of renewable energy projects
  • Indigenous Peoples priorities, and
  • Financing new technologies

We have experience in the natural resource and energy area, providing strategic advice on business transactions; property development and brownfields; civil, regulatory and administrative legal issues; and dispute resolution.

We can also advise on health and safety, including policies and procedures, duties and responsibilities of employers, officers and supervisors, and how to respond to allegations of regulatory violations and charges.

Boughton Law is a part of Meritas®, a global alliance of independent, full service law firms. With access to firms operating in over 230 markets worldwide, we can draw upon the expertise of trusted foreign legal advisors and even provide referrals if needed.

Boughton Law is a member of the Environmental Managers Association of British Columbia.