Torys’ experienced practitioners bring a unique balance of business perspective, strategic vision and legal expertise to guide clients through challenging environmental and occupational health and safety law issues whether they arise in the context of corporate transactions, litigation or regulatory matters.
Torys was among the first firms in Canada to develop a dedicated environmental practice, which has evolved in close step with the rest of the firm. We are regularly part of corporate transaction teams, assisting with liability assessments as well as all other aspects of deals where environmental and occupational health and safety (EHS) law expertise adds value. We advise proponents and other corporations on the full range of EHS regulatory compliance, permitting and environmental/sustainability management-related matters. We also assist clients in all forms of dispute resolution with respect to administrative, civil and regulatory matters, including a substantial defence practice.
We offer clients a strong commercially minded perspective informed by our understanding of every major sector, including energy (including nuclear, coal-fired, cogeneration, wind, hydro and solar), infrastructure, oil and gas, mining, pulp and paper, chemical and petrochemical, steel, recycling, water and waste water, manufacturing, financial institutions, technology, and real estate.
A significant part of our practice consists of helping our clients deal with emergency situations and limit the disorienting impacts these situations can have. We make ourselves available to attend immediately at the emergency scene and to stay as long as necessary.
As thought leaders with respect to strategic environmental issues, we also contribute to the broader business community through active participation in legal and industry groups. Members of our group have served 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). 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.