Leonard Griffiths is certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a specialist in environmental law. Through his broad-based environmental practice, Len assists clients with corporate transactions including mergers, acquisitions and financings, environmental management systems and litigation. He represents clients before administrative tribunals and defends clients charged with environmental offenses.
Len counsels clients on matters regarding air, water, hazardous and non-hazardous wastes, occupational health and safety, and a wide range of other regulatory issues.
He assists clients domestically and internationally to develop and undertake major projects and transactions. He also conducts environmental assessments and compliance audits and has been involved in the decommissioning and remediation of many facilities and properties (brownfields).
Len is past vice-chair of the Environmental Specialist Committee for the Law Society of Upper Canada, past chair of the Environmental sections of the Canadian Bar Association and Ontario Bar Association, and a founder of the Canadian Centre for Environmental Arbitration and Mediation.
Len is the editor and a contributing author of Contaminated Property in Canada and Sustainable Development in Canada: Into the Next Millennium (2000), and is the chief editor of The Environmental Law Journal. He composed a chapter in Directors’ Duties in Canada, 4th Edition, published in Canada by CCH Canadian Limited in 2009. Len presents at conferences in Canada and the United States on a variety of environmental, health and safety issues.
Len is an Adjunct Professor, University of Toronto Law School (Natural Resources and Energy; Sustainability).
Energy Law Practice:
Whether evaluating the environmental risk associated with an operating company, a proposed merger or acquisition, purchasing, developing, managing or selling real estate, seeking environmental approvals for an existing or new project, or managing litigation stemming from contamination, companies turn to us for environmental advice. With a client base spanning the range of manufacturing, automotive, steel, real estate, food processing, chemicals, petrochemical, energy, natural resources, utilities, transportation and waste management, to name a few, our environmental group assists clients to identify and resolve issues locally, nationally and internationally.
We focus on finding practical solutions in the most efficient manner possible.
We have built strong relationships with businesses, consultants, lawyers, governmental agencies and non-governmental organizations around the world, which allows us to provide timely, efficient solutions to the various legal, technical and public policy issues facing our clients.
The core of our practice involves compliance matters, including the management of environmental risks, as well as the advancement of sustainability (which include compliance and “beyond compliance” elements). Our practice covers many different areas, including the development of environmental/sustainability policies and implementation practices and procedures; relevant and practical proactive (and where necessary reactive) compliance advice; the management of litigation risks; assisting with the purchase, sale and management of properties and businesses; the management and development of contaminated properties, including site investigations, remediation work and brownfield initiatives; conducting environmental assessments for projects, including in the energy sector; assisting with insolvency matters, including with respect to environmental liabilities related to an insolvent or bankrupt company; and obtaining approvals for projects and facilities. We appear in court and before various tribunals and boards to represent clients on liability and enforcement proceedings arising out of contaminated sites, and prosecutions under federal and provincial statutes, as well as municipal by-laws.
We advise buyers, sellers, investors, lenders, borrowers, property managers, underwriters and financial advisors about the various environmental risks related to business and transactions, including the identification of liabilities and the proper management and allocation of these liabilities. This can also include advising on various insurance products that may be available for environmental matters.