Clifford G. ProudfootPartner
|Firm:|| ||Lawson Lundell LLP|
|Address:||Suite 1600 Cathedral Place|
925 West Georgia Street
Vancouver, British Columbia V6C 3L2
|Fax:||+1 604 669 1620|
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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.
Areas of Practice
- Aboriginal Law
- Administrative Law
- Constitutional Law
- Environmental Prosecutions
- Native Peoples
- Natural Resources
- Public Law
- Regulatory Compliance
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.
Cliff also acts for industry clients in a number of major aboriginal litigation cases including actions involving land claims and the infringement of treaty and aboriginal rights.
*CBA Environmental Law Subsection Executive Member
*Environmental Law for environmental specialists Douglas College, Lecturer
Forestry Law: Recent Developments of Importance (July 30, 2007)
Inspection, Investigation and Defence Materials (July 5, 2001)
5th Annual Water and Land Management in Alberta, "Inter Provincial Water Regulation, Jurisdiction and Disputes", Insight Information (December 7-8, 2009), Co-chair
Consultation & Accommodation 2009 Update, "The Energy and Mining Sectors: Evolution of the Duty and Practical Insight", Pacific Business and Law Institute (October 8, 2009), Co-speaker
Managing Water Resources & Disputes, "Successful Strategies for Navigating Through the Minefield of Inter-jurisdictional Water Disputes", The Canadian Institute (September 29-30, 2009), Co-speaker
Contaminated Sites, "Recent Contaminated Sites Case Law in British Columbia", Insight Information (February 23-24, 2009), Co-speaker
Understanding Environmental Regulations, "Spills", EPIC Educational Program Innovations Center (February 4-6, 2009), Co-speaker
4th Annual Water & Land Management in Alberta, "BC and Alberta: Federal Jurisdiction Over Water and Interprovincial Water Aspects", Insight Information (December 8-9, 2008), Co-speaker
Adapting to Change (Regulatory, Ecological, Social), "The Duty to Consult", IVMA (November 19-20, 2008)
8th Annual Western Canada Aboriginal Business and Economic Development,"Updates on Consultation Developments Across Canada", Insight Information (October 22, 2008)
British Columbia (1992)
University of Manitoba (LL.B., 1988); University of Cambridge (LL.M., 1989).