Torys' Environmental, Health and Safety Practice was one of Canada's first dedicated full service practices in the field, and over the past two decades has consistently ranked among the best in the world. Past recognitions include the highest rankings by Practical Law Company in its Global Environment Super League Rankings list of the world’s best environmental practices, and by the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory. Our lawyers have also been individually recognized over the years by numerous third-party ranking organizations, including in the Lexpert Directory; Practical Law Company’s Which Lawyer? Yearbook; Woodward White’s Best Lawyers in Canada; Martindale-Hubbell's Law Directory; Law Business Research’s International Who’s Who of Environment Lawyers; Real Time News' LawDay; and Legal Media Group’s Guide to the World’s Leading Environment Lawyers.
Our practice is based in North America with an international scope. We are regularly part of corporate transaction teams; advise many of North America's largest corporations on the full range of regulatory compliance, permitting and environmental/sustainability management–related matters; and assist in all forms of dispute resolution, from mediation to commercial and regulatory litigation, including a substantial quasi-criminal defence practice. We are also closely integrated with our Climate Change and Emissions Trading Practice to ensure our clients are fully served with industry-leading expertise in this complex, emerging field.
We work with a broad range of public and private sector clients in virtually every industrial sector, including pulp and paper; mining; chemicals and plastics; energy (including nuclear, coal-fired, cogeneration, wind, hydro and solar); infrastructure; water and waste water; manufacturing (including automotive, auto parts, adhesives, sports equipment, injection molding and food); financial institutions (including all of North America’s major banks); and real estate (including major property and property management corporations).
We also contribute to the broader business community through active participation in legal and industry groups. Members of our group have been elected to serve as chairs of the environmental sections of both the Ontario Bar Association and the Canadian Bar Association, and have served the American Bar Association in a variety of capacities, including as co-chair of the International Outreach Task Force of the Section of Environment, Energy and Resources (SEER), and as the international vice-chair of the Carbon Trading and Energy Finance Committee of SEER. Examples of our industry group involvement are our participation in and on behalf of the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) and the Ontario Water Power Association. We are also active members of the International Nuclear Lawyers Association.