Laura’s practice is focused in the areas of civil litigation, environmental law, Aboriginal law, administrative and constitutional law. She represents clients with issues involving land use, project development, regulatory approvals, environmental assessments, Aboriginal consultation, and contaminated sites in a range of industries including mining, energy, forestry and real estate.
Laura has appeared before all levels of court in British Columbia, the Federal Court of Canada and various administrative bodies and regulatory tribunals. As part of her practice, she represents clients seeking judicial review of decisions made by regulatory bodies and administrative decision-makers. In addition to appearing before courts and tribunals, Laura assists clients in resolving their disputes using alternative dispute resolution processes, including arbitration and mediation.
After law school, Laura spent a year serving as a law clerk at the British Columbia Court of Appeal, and following her clerkship, started her practice at the firm. Prior to being called to the bar, Laura worked for the Government of Canada and at an administrative commission in the UK.
Recognition and Ranking
- Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP Prize in Constitutional Law
- Canadian Bar Association, Member
- Kitsilano Area Child Care Society, Director (2016 - Present)
- Justice Education Society, Fundraising Committee Member (2012 - 2016)
- British Columbia (2009)
- University of British Columbia (B.A., 1999)
- University of Toronto (M.A., 2000)
- University of British Columbia (LL.B., 2008)
- Successfully defended a hydroelectric project’s provincial land tenures from challenge on judicial review by a subsurface rights holder.
- Provision of advice to clients respecting provincial climate change legislation.
- Provision of advice to clients respecting their obligations under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
- Provision of advice to residential and commercial property owners and developers on their rights and responsibilities concerning contaminated sites.
- Successfully defended at trial a complex commercial claim involving breach of fiduciary duty and professional negligence in the context of a real estate acquisition and proposed development in British Columbia.
- Successfully obtained a multi-million dollar judgment in relation to a complex limited partnership/debt dispute on a summary trial application in a period of three months from commencement of the claim.
- Jennifer Nyland and Laura Duke's article, "Court clarifies threshold requirement to trigger BC environmental assessment," published in Canadian Mining Journal(February 1, 2017),Author
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- (October 23, 2013)
- (May 10, 2012)