Northern Group

Lawson Lundell’s unparalleled experience in providing legal services North of 60 spans over 40 years.

With offices in Vancouver, Calgary and Yellowknife, we bring our local knowledge as well as the full resources of our firm to support clients’ business needs and major project development in northern Canada. Over 50% of our lawyers regularly advise clients with respect to matters located in the Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Nunavik and Northern Labrador (Nunatsiavut).

The North is rich in human and natural resources, but we understand it is not always an easy place to do business. The northern regulatory landscape is complex.  Settled and pending land claim agreements of Inuit, Métis and other Aboriginal groups must be respected and understood.  These factors together with the heightened importance of logistical planning mean proponents require timely, cost effective and practical legal advice. Our full service northern legal team has the knowledge and the deep commitment necessary to help our clients achieve success in the North.

Our broad northern experience includes matters involving project development, land tenure, environmental regulation, government relations, aboriginal law and related economic development issues including benefits agreements and litigation. We also advise northern clients regularly with respect to securities and financing, labour and employment issues, pension matters, personal tax and business tax including property tax.

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Sample Northern Experience:

  • Acting as project counsel to a major diamond mine established in the Northwest Territories including all commercial, government relations, environmental, aboriginal and litigation advice and support throughout the developmental and consultation phases of the project
  • Acting as project counsel in connection with the development of several gold mining projects in Nunavut
  • Successfully defending a judicial review application seeking to quash a decision of a regulatory tribunal in relation to a new mining project
  • Providing advice to a northern crown corporation in relation to energy projects and the northern regulatory environment
  • Providing external advice to territorial governments in connection with mine closures, general energy policy, electric industry structuring and natural gas pipeline issues
  • Successfully litigating a challenge to Northwest Territories electoral laws and boundaries under the Charter of Rights
  • Representing a material supplier in connection with a product liability claim involving damaged electric transmission lines
  • Representing a corporation in connection with the first corporate reorganization in the Northwest Territories pursuant to the Companies’ Creditors Arrangements Act
  • Advising various aboriginal groups with respect to governance issues, creation and structuring of business arms and providing corporate-commercial, labour and employment law and other legal services to such business organizations
  • Advising clients with respect to corporate reorganizations involving investments pursuant to the Risk Capital Investment Tax Credits Act;  
  • Advising clients with respect to Northern shipping legal requirements;
  • Advising clients in Nunavut with respect to the application of the Nunavummi Nangminiqaqtunik Ikajuuti Policy (NNI policy);
  • Working with local developers with respect to the acquisition, subdivision and development of both residential and commercial properties in Nunavut
  • Advising on matters relating to human rights legislation in Yukon, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut
  • Representing various municipalities and assist with legislative issues, enforcement issues, zoning issues and land transactions as well as significant litigation involving municipal issues
  • Advising clients with respect to corporate reorganizations involving the use of limited partnerships
  • Providing comprehensive external legal support (commercial, aboriginal, permitting) for the development of a copper mine in the Yukon Territory
  • Providing comprehensive external legal support (commercial, aboriginal, permitting) for the development of an iron ore mine and related rail and port facilities on Baffin Island, Nunavut
  • Advising foriegn state-owned enterprise on investment and partial ownership interest in a zinc/lead mine in the Yukon Territory
  • Negotiating an Inuit Impact Benefit Agreement for a uranium project located in Nunavut
  • Advising on the acquisition of uranium exploration properties in Northern Labrador