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Cliff is the Managing Partner of Lawson Lundell. Cliff’s practice is focused on environmental and aboriginal litigation. His clients include companies in the forestry, manufacturing, mining, real estate development, hydro-electric power generation industries. Cliff has represented his clients in environmental prosecutions, administrative actions, permit appeals, environmental assessments and has helped clients respond to a wide variety of environmental investigations and prosecutions.

Cliff advises clients respecting compliance with environmental laws and regulations, due diligence and environmental auditing. He also assists clients in developing corporate environmental policies, contingency plans, operating manuals, and standard operating procedures. Cliff advises clients faced with a variety of issues surrounding contaminated sites including those clients in the oil and gas, forestry, mining and chemical industries as well as private landfill operations.

He has successfully defended clients against numerous regulatory and environmental prosecutions and has appeared as counsel in British Columbia, Ontario, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba and before the Supreme Court of Canada. In addition to this court work, Cliff has also conducted administrative hearings before the BC Environmental Appeal Board, BC Forest Appeals Commission, the Natural Resources Conservation Board of Alberta, the Alberta Energy and Utilities Board, the Workers Compensation Appeal Tribunal of BC, and the BC Tobacco Control Act Administrative Board.

Cliff acts for resource developers in a number of major aboriginal litigation cases including actions involving land claims and the infringement of treaty and aboriginal rights. Cliff has also acted for industry on numerous court and administrative actions in which First Nations are challenging regulatory permits or appeals. He also has extensive experience in negotiating and drafting co-operation agreements, consultation protocols and impact benefit agreements.

Before becoming Managing Partner in 2016, Cliff was the Head of the Litigation Group in 2011. He is also a member of the Executive Committee.

Location

  • Cathedral Place, Suite 1600
    925 West Georgia Street
    Vancouver, BC V6C 3L2
    Canada

Languages

  • English

Bar Admissions

  • British Columbia, 1992
  • Manitoba, 1990

Affiliations

  • Integrated Vegetation Management Association - Board Member
  • Metro Vancouver Crime Stoppers Foundation - Board Member and Corporate Secretary

Lawson Lundell LLP
Headquarters: Vancouver, British Columbia

71 The Best Lawyers in Canada awards

19 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in Canada awards

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Recognized in The Best Lawyers in Canada 2023 for work in:

  • Aboriginal Law / Indigenous Practice
  • Environmental Law

Awards:

  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory: repeatedly recommended as a Leading Practitioner for Aboriginal law
  • Lexpert's Leading Canadian Energy Lawyers 2014
  • Best Lawyers in Canada: recognized for Aboriginal law and Environmental law
  • Chambers Canada: recognized in the Vancouver: Environment (Canada) category
  • Chambers Global 2015: recognized in the Environment (Canada) category
  • Martindale-Hubbell International Law Directory: BV Peer Review rated

Experience

Cliff has had considerable experience in complex litigation and was one of four trial counsel in one of the longest trials in B.C. history, Privest Properties Ltd. et al. v. W.R. Grace & Co. of Canada Ltd. et al. in which Lawson Lundell successfully defended W.R. Grace & Co. in a products liability suit.

Cliff also acts for industry clients in a number of major aboriginal litigation cases including actions involving land claims and the infringement of treaty and aboriginal rights

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