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Recognitions / Rankings

  • Best Lawyers in Canada 2016 recognizes our lawyers for Administrative and Public Law.
  • Benchmark Canada: The Guide to Canada’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys 2015 recognizes Lawson Lundell for Public Law.

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Administrative, Constitutional and Public Law

The principles of administrative and constitutional law govern the manner in which government interacts with its citizens, both individual and corporate. They exist to ensure that the powers of government are exercised solely within legal bounds. A clear understanding of how governments operate is often critical to succeeding in today’s world.

The members of Lawson Lundell's Administrative, Constitutional and Public Law Group provide a full range of services to both public and private sector clients. Our lawyers have acted as counsel before all levels of court in significant administrative and constitutional law cases, involving both Charter of Rights and division of powers issues, and we regularly appear before a variety of administrative tribunals. In addition, our lawyers assist clients in developing legal strategies for complying with complex regulatory requirements and provide advice on the legal and public policy implications of changes in legislation and other government initiatives.

Our experience spans a broad range of industry sectors and related practice areas including aboriginal law, energy, environmental law, forest industry, health, northern practice, professional regulation, property tax and public utility and regulatory law.

Key Contacts

  • Acting in a judicial review proceeding challenging a decision of the B.C. College of Physicians and Surgeons denying permission for a new prostate cancer treatment in B.C.
  • Acting on behalf of the B.C. Civil Liberties Association in various constitutional law cases involving the rights of the homeless in Victoria, political advertising on transit buses and school board resolution prohibiting the use of books in schools depicting same sex families
  • Representing a major public utility in a constitutional challenge to provisions of the BC Safety Standards Act concerning the sharing of residential electricity consumption data to assist local governments in locating marijuana grow operations
  • Representing a federal Member of Parliament in connection with a complaint under the BC Protection of Personal Information Act. The complaint was dismissed on the basis that the provincial statute is constitutionally inapplicable to a federal MP
  • Representing the Director of Child and Family Services in Nunavut in connection with a challenge to the constitutionality of s. 6 of the Child and Family Services Act (Nunavut)
  • Representing the Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories in litigation involving issues of parliamentary privilege
  • Advising various crown corporations on the scope and content of Crown immunity
  • Representing the Canadian Bar Association on an intervention in a constitutional challenge to provisions of the federal Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) and Terrorist Financing Act
  • Representing a major public utility in an administrative and constitutional law challenge to legislation authorizing the contracting out of administrative services
  • Preparing draft legislation on behalf of clients in support of submissions to government proposing legislative reform