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Laura has experience in civil litigation, environmental law, Indigenous law, administrative and constitutional law. She represents clients with issues involving regulatory approvals, land use, project development, environmental assessments, Indigenous consultation, occupational health and safety, and contaminated sites in a range of industries including mining, energy, forestry and real estate. Laura also has experience acting on behalf of clients in litigation proceedings involving regulated industries such as real estate, pensions and benefits, legal services and banking.

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.

Professional Activities

  • Canadian Bar Association, Member

Community Activities

  • Arbutus Club, Planning and Development Committee, Member (2017 - Present)
  • Kitsilano Area Child Care Society, Director and Chair (2016 - Present)
  • Justice Education Society, Fundraising Committee Member (2012 - 2016)

Recognitions & Rankings

Recognitions & Rankings

  • Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP Prize in Constitutional Law

Experience

Experience

  • Negotiating and drafting environmental remediation and rehabilitation agreements. 
  • Negotiating and drafting agreements related to First Nations, including benefit and capacity agreements.
  • Representing clients in federal and provincial environmental assessments, including review panel proceedings. 
  • Identifying, obtaining and defending permits, including fisheries authorizations, water licences, and land tenures.
  • Assisting clients with the conversion of temporary land tenures to more permanent tenures such as leases and statutory rights of way.
  • Negotiating consent and non-disturbance agreements for project tenures.
  • Drafting indemnities in accordance with the Financial Administration Act, RSBC 1996, c 138 and associated regulations.
  • Conducting environmental due diligence as part of a transactional team.
  • Drafting internal corporate policies, including environmental and risk-management policies.
  • Providing opinions on the interpretation and application of federal and provincial government legislation and policies.
  • Providing advice to residential and commercial property owners and developers on their rights and responsibilities concerning contaminated sites.
  • Resolving disputes on behalf of project proponents with respect to competing interests in land.
  • Acting on behalf of clients in judicial review proceedings.
  • Resolving complex litigation disputes relating to the interpretation of commercial agreements, including remediation, royalty and throughput agreements. 

News & Publications

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Bar Admissions

  • British Columbia (2009)

Education

University of British Columbia (B.A., 1999)

University of Toronto (M.A., 2000)

University of British Columbia (LL.B., 2008)

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