Unearthing Complexities in the Subsurface: Soil and Groundwater Essentials for Lawyers
Author(s): Ontario Bar Association
Publication Date: February 2019
Format: shipped (hardcopy), download (PDF)

Providing effective legal advice and representation to clients who are seeking to acquire or who already own a contaminated property, requires a comprehensive understanding not only of the law and regulatory regime, but also of the science behind contamination in soil and groundwater, including chemistry, engineering, hydrogeology and much more.

Join us for advanced insights into the contamination of soil and groundwater, and learn through a detailed discussion of case studies. Leading environmental consultants will walk you through the science behind contaminant migration, common consultant errors and emerging remediation techniques. Learn how to build on and use foundational technical information in advising clients at the transaction phase and in litigation. Experienced environmental lawyers will share tips on conducting an effective discovery, and negotiating practical and creative solutions to resolve contained land disputes. Attend this program to learn how you can navigate the ethical issues that arise when working with consultants, and in preparing and examining experts.


Talia Gordner, McMillan LLP
Natalie Mullins, Gowling WLG


Foundational Information: Contaminant Migration
Robb Hudson, P.Eng., MBA, QPESA, Trafalgar Environmental Consultants

Appendix- Figures 1-4

Introduction to Remediation Techniques (PP)
Carol E. Aziz, Ph.D., P.Eng., Ramboll Canada, Inc.

Case Studies: How The Theory Plays Out in Practice (PP)
Gerry Parrott, P.Geo., QPESA, BlueFrog Environmental Consulting Inc.

The Expert Witness and Environmental Law -
Practical and Ethical Considerations for Lawyers

Bryan J. Buttigieg, Miller Thomson LLP

Managing Expert Evidence to Resolve Cases (PP)
Gabrielle Kramer, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Appendix- List of Cases: Managing Expert Evidence to Resolve Cases

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