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Charles J. Birchall Joins Willms & Shier

February 13, 2013

Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers LLP is pleased to announce that Charles J. Birchall (B.A. Hons., LL.B., LL.M) has joined the firm as Partner in the Ottawa office.

Charles (Chuck) comes to us with over 23 years of experience in legal practice devoted exclusively to environmental law.

Chuck has extensive experience in the environmental compliance and assessment aspects of corporate commercial negotiations and transactions, including assessment of contamination issues, remediation, and approvals requirements. He has advised clients and appeared before Parliamentary Committees in the Senate and House of Commons on environmental legislation: the Yukon Environmental and Socio-Economic Assessment Act, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, the Species at Risk Act, and the Canadian Environmental Protection Act.

Chuck provides advice on environmental assessment issues raised by mining, oil and gas projects and infrastructure projects. He is counsel to two Joint Review Panels conducting environmental assessments of applications by Shell Canada Energy for the Jackpine Mine Expansion Project and the Pierre River Mine.

Chuck is the current Chair of the Canadian Bar Association’s National Environmental, Energy and Resources Law Section.

Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers LLP

Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers LLP is Canada’s recognized leading environmental law firm, delivering a full range of environmental, Indigenous and energy law services. For nearly 50 years, our clients have benefitted from our innovative, practical solutions and extensive knowledge of environmental, Indigenous, and energy and natural resource issues. With 16 highly specialized lawyers, we are the largest private sector environmental law practice in Canada. Eight of our lawyers are Environmental Law Specialists, certified by the Law Society of Ontario. Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers has offices in Toronto, Ottawa, Calgary, and Yellowknife. Our lawyers are called to the Bar in Ontario, New Brunswick, Alberta, British Columbia, Nunavut, the Northwest Territories, and the Yukon.

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Charles Birchall

Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers LLP

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Queen's University

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