Title: Commercial law


Clifford G. Proudfoot



Clifford Proudfoot

Firm: Lawson Lundell LLP
Address:Suite 1600 Cathedral Place
925 West Georgia Street
Vancouver, British Columbia V6C 3L2
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Local Time:Thu. 07:28
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Cliff's practice is focused on environmental and aboriginal litigation. His clients include companies in the forestry, manufacturing, mining, real estate development, hydro-electric power generation industries. Cliff has represented his clients in environmental prosecutions, administrative actions, permit appeals, environmental assessments and has helped clients respond to a wide variety of environmental investigations and prosecutions.

Cliff advises clients respecting compliance with environmental laws and regulations, due diligence and environmental auditing. He also assists clients in developing corporate environmental policies, contingency plans, operating manuals, and standard operating procedures. Cliff advises clients faced with a variety of issues surrounding contaminated sites including those clients in the oil and gas, forestry, mining and chemical industries as well as private landfill operations.

He has successfully defended clients against numerous regulatory and environmental prosecutions and has appeared as counsel in British Columbia, Ontario, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba and before the Supreme Court of Canada. In addition to this court work, Cliff has also conducted administrative hearings before the Environmental Appeal Board, Forest Appeals Commission of B.C., the Natural Resources Conservation Board of Alberta and the Alberta Energy and Utilities Board.

Cliff acts for resource developers in a number of major aboriginal litigation cases including actions involving land claims and the infringement of treaty and aboriginal rights. Cliff has also acted for industry on numerous court and administrative actions in which First Nations are challenging regulatory permits or appeals. He also has extensive experience in negotiating and drafting co-operation agreements, consultation protocols and impact benefit agreements.

Cliff was previously the head of the Litigation Group at Lawson Lundell.

Recognition and Ranking:
Best Lawyers in Canada: recognized for environmental law and Aboriginal law
Chambers Global: recognized in the Environment (Canada) category
Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2012: repeatedly recommended as a Leading Practitioner for Aboriginal law


Languages: English


Areas of Practice


  • Aboriginal Law
  • Administrative Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • Environmental
  • Forestry
  • Litigation
  • Native Peoples
  • Natural Resources
  • Public Law
  • Regulatory Compliance


Professional Career


Significant Accomplishments

Cliff has had considerable experience in complex litigation and was one of four trial counsel in one of the longest trials in B.C. history, Privest Properties Ltd. et al. v. W.R. Grace & Co. of Canada Ltd. et al. in which Lawson Lundell successfully defended W.R. Grace & Co. in a products liability suit.

Professional Associations

Professional Activities
*CBA Environmental Law Subsection Executive Member
*Environmental Law for environmental specialists Douglas College, Lecturer


"Core Contaminated Sites Legislation and Case Law", Contaminated Sites vs. Brownfield Development: Old and New Approaches to Problem Sites in British Columbia Conference, Pacific Business & Law Institute, Vancouver, BC (September 26, 2012), Speaker

"Update on B.C. Oil and Gas Commission Consultation Process Agreements", 4th Annual Northeast B.C. Natural Gas Summit, Insight Information, Calgary, AB (September 20-21, 2012), Speaker

"Environmental Enforcement and Penalties", Environmental Law: Managing Risk, Continuing Legal Education Society of BC (November 18, 2011), Speaker

"First Nation Consultation", 3rd Annual Northeast BC Natural Gas Summit, Insight Information, Calgary, AB (September 20-21, 2011), Co-speaker

“Dealing with Contaminated Sites”, Understanding Environmental Regulations Course, Educational Program Innovations Center (EPIC), Vancouver, BC (February 2 - 4, 2011), Speaker

"Core Legislation and Cornerstone Caselaw", Doing Business with Contaminated Land: Answers, Clarity & Protection, Pacific Business and Law Institute (April 28, 2010), Co-speaker

Bar Admission

Manitoba (1990)
British Columbia (1992)



University of Manitoba (LL.B., 1988); University of Cambridge (LL.M., 1989).