What We Do
Experience, judgment, solutions:
We strive to bring added value to our client service by assisting clients to not only resolve today’s issues but also to prepare for the issues of tomorrow. Gary Letcher has been at the center of many of the important environmental issues in British Columbia for some 30 years. Mr. Letcher has long experience in complex contaminated sites issues and was counsel for a multinational corporation in the resolution of the Britannia mine contaminated site. Letcher Akelaitis is recognized by Legal 500 Canada 2017 as a leading environmental law firm with a strong reputation for contamination sites matters. As commission counsel for British Columbia’s Wilderness Advisory Committee and Chair of the City of Vancouver’s groundbreaking Clouds of Change Committee, he has played a role in the development of sustainability principles in British Columbia. Andrea Akelaitis has teamed with Mr. Letcher for some 15 years on complex contaminated sites, recycling and waste management issues, environmental emergency issues, environmental assessment litigation and air contaminant/odour management issues. In 2014, Letcher Akelaitis LLP acted for the Nisga’a Nation in litigation involving important aboriginal law and environmental law issues.
The Letcher Akelaitis team is committed to working with clients to fashion effective solutions to complex and evolving environmental and regulatory challenges. We understand that many environmental issues, including contaminated lands, are about effectively responding to risk. We are experienced in guiding our clients through the process of identifying, valuing and effectively responding to risk.
The regulatory approach to waste management in Canada is rapidly evolving as sustainability moves from theory to practice. We understand that what yesterday was thought to be a waste disposal problem is today becoming a usable commodity opportunity. Drawing on decades of experience in waste management regulation, we work with our clients to foresee and assess those opportunities within an evolving regulatory landscape.
Environmental assessment and permitting, again, is about anticipating issues that may arise and efficiently and effectively preparing to meet those issues. Effective environmental advice is about more than answers; it is about anticipating the questions.
We provide strategic advice and act as litigation counsel on a full range of environmental issues. Areas of particular focus are:
- Contaminated sites management and litigation
- Recycling, waste management and sustainable food issues
- Environmental assessment and permitting
- Regulatory compliance and defence of environmental prosecutions
- Air emissions, industrial odour and nuisance management issues
- Corporate governance and environmental management systems
- Aboriginal Law natural resources issues
- Environmental mediation and arbitration
Letcher Akelaitis LLP is recognized as a leading Canadian environmental law firm in Legal 500 Canada 2017. Mr. Letcher and Ms. Akelaitis are recognized for environmental law in Best Lawyers in Canada 2017. Mr. Letcher has been recognized in Best Lawyers as the 2012 Environmental Lawyer of the year for Vancouver and is recognized for environmental law in the international Who’s Who of Business Lawyers, Lexpert, Chambers Global and is listed as a leading lawyer in the Legal 500 Canada.
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