Laura Gill is called to the bar in Alberta and British Columbia and has a commercial litigation practice specializing in energy and natural resources, First Nations issues, and environmental matters. Laura advises clients on disputes in a wide range of corporate matters, including complex breach of contract claims and joint ventures.
Laura’s experience in the energy industry includes litigating disputes involving leases, right-of-way agreements, ownership stakes, royalties, gas supply contracts, farmout agreements, and CAPL operating agreements. Laura also acts on appeals and judicial review proceedings following decisions of regulatory bodies, in particular with respect to regulatory approvals for energy-related projects in Alberta and British Columbia.
In her Aboriginal litigation practice, Laura advises clients on First Nations issues in the context of resource development such as consultation, Aboriginal rights and title, and treaty rights. She has acted on litigation matters involving the duty to consult, Aboriginal rights and title claims, and treaty rights. As a member of the firm’s environmental practice, Laura advises clients regularly on environmental liabilities in relation to contaminated sites including litigation risks.
Laura has argued cases in all levels of court in Alberta and British Columbia and has appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada. Laura also has experience in alternate dispute resolution including mediation and arbitration.
Laura actively writes and speaks on energy, Aboriginal, and environmental litigation matters. She is a member of the executive of the Canadian Bar Association, Natural Resources Section - Alberta South.
Prior to joining Bennett Jones, Laura practised commercial litigation in Vancouver, British Columbia, and was a judicial law clerk at the British Columbia Supreme Court. She continues to act on litigation matters in British Columbia.
- ATCO Electric Ltd., in connection with obtaining a permanent injunction to restrain interference with the construction of transmission lines under an authorized right-of-way.
- Quicksilver Resources Canada Inc, in connection with a successful appeal involving a claim for wrongful dismissal: Hall v. Quicksilver Resources Canada Inc., 2015 BCCA 291.
- Penn West Petroleum Ltd., in connection with a successful application to strike part of an action filed by several members of the Lubicon Lake Cree asserting Aboriginal title and rights claims to an area of land to the east of Peace River, Alberta: Ominayak v. Penn West Petroleum Ltd., 2015 ABQB 342.
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