Charles Birchall, B.A. (Hons.), LL.B., LL.M., is a Partner at Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers LLP and is certified as an Environmental Law Specialist by the Law Society of Ontario. Charles practices in the firm’s Ottawa office. He has over 30 years’ experience devoted exclusively to environmental law with particular expertise in contaminated land/brownfields site remediation, environmental compliance and approvals as well as environmental assessment matters.

Charles advises clients across Canada, including environmental boards and tribunals respecting environmental assessment issues raised by mining, oil and gas and energy and infrastructure projects. He also advises on Indigenous law and consultation in the mining, infrastructure and energy sectors. Charles has acted for Joint Review Panels conducting environmental assessments of oil sands projects in northern Alberta. He defends clients being investigated or prosecuted for breaches of environmental laws and orders. Charles also assists clients in managing environmental risk by providing advice on due diligence and compliance measures. He has extensive experience in preparing submissions and appearing on behalf of clients before Parliamentary Committees in the House of Commons and the Senate on proposed environmental legislation.

Charles is called to the Bar in Ontario, the Northwest Territories, and Nunavut.


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