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Environmental Law

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Environmental Law

Beament Hebert Nicholson LLP was an early leader in this important and fast growing sector of environmental law.

Environmental Lawyers Michael Hebert and Cheryl Gerhardt McLuckie, assisted by Jessica McClay and Sig Pantazis provide legal services in five specific niches.

  • Civil litigation
  • Environmental offences defence;
  • Environmental advice
  • Brownfield redevelopment projects
  • Carbon trading.

Beament Hebert Nicholson LLP’s Environmental Lawyers have considerable and valuable experience in this important and ever-changing area of the law.  Michael Hebert’s pioneering work in Tridan-vs-Shell established precedent-setting rules to assist land owners achieve full and proper compensation for environmental damage to their lands.

We have assisted clients with contaminated lands, whether that contamination has been caused by:

  • off-site migration of gasoline, hydrocarbons, volatile organic compounds, and other chemicals;
  • fuel spills;
  • truck rollovers; or
  • oil tank leakage.

In the complex and specific area of landfills we have assisted neighbouring landholders with their concerns over:

  • leachate,
  • gases; and
  • odours.

We also have considerable experience in the area of contaminated property and structures, including contamination caused by:

  • mould;
  • odours;
  • bacteria;
  • chemicals; or
  • sound.

Whether you’re contemplating or involved in the sale, purchase or exchange of lands that have or may have environmental issues, the neighbour of a contaminated site or the owner of a contaminated property you can rely on the experience and expertise of the Environmental Lawyers at Beament Hebert Nicholson LLP.

Environmental Offences Defence

Beyond civil litigation, the environmental lawyers at Beament Hebert Nicholson LLP have also represented clients defending environmental offences.  We have successfully defended charges or reduced penalties for clients facing charges concerning:

  •  sewage waste
  • farming operations; and
  • rural land use.

Environmental Advice

In addition to our advocacy services, Beament Hebert Nicholson LLP’s Environmental Lawyers also provide litigation prevention advice, and offer such non-litigation services as advice and counsel on:

  • obtaining or altering Certificates where required by the Environmental Protection Act;
  • obtaining Records of Site Condition (RSCs);
  • environmental regulatory compliance;
  • reporting obligations;
  • risk management;
  • remediation advice; and
  • directors and officers’ liability.

Brownfield Redevelopment Projects

We have also provided advice to developers and individuals considering brownfield redevelopment projects by:

  • providing assistance in the assessment of sites;
  • advising on the availability of and application for grants;
  • advising on various remediation options, and working with professional engineers;
  • giving detailed risk assessment counsel;
  • providing thorough opinions on third party liability issues

Carbon Trading

In the emerging field of carbon trading the environmental lawyers at Beament Hebert Nicholson LLP have the negotiation experience and business knowledge to assist those captured by current ‘cap-and-trade’ regimes.

Trust the experts in environmental litigation in Ottawa.  Call Beament Hebert Nicholson LLP 613-241-3400.

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