Energy Litigation

Key Contacts

Mellett Bruce E. Bruce Mellett
Partner, Head of Energy Litigation
T: 403.298.3319

Bennett Jones has served the Canadian energy industry for almost 90 years and has played a major role in the industry's evolution and diversification. Today, the business is global, the issues cross borders and treaties, and interests involve many stakeholders.

Our energy litigation practice is distinguished by our understanding of the technical aspects of the business, with lawyers who possess the educational background and industry training to operate in the language of our clients, whether from a geological, environmental or engineering perspective, or when interpreting reserve, scientific or financial reports.

From both domestic and international perspectives, our energy litigators have represented large integrated energy companies, independent producers, refiners, pipelines, distributors of energy products, investors, and the wide range of service companies that support the sector. Disputes have touched all areas of the industry, including oil, bitumen, natural gas, hydrocarbons, nuclear energy, hydroelectricity, natural gas liquids and coal.

Our experience has taken us around the world and encompasses a wide range of appellate work, mediation and arbitration. From title disputes and breaches of joint venture agreements, to royalty underpayment and fiduciary claims, our energy litigators have appeared before all levels of court, arbitration panels, and provincial, national and international administrative tribunals such as the Alberta Energy & Utilities Board, the National Energy Board, and the International Atomic Energy Agency. Disputes have also involved operating agreement matters, rate-setting, third-party claims, compliance proceedings, ownership of hydrocarbon rights, lease and license issues, rights of first refusal, mass tort claims involving personal injury and environmental accidents, marketing disputes, and anti-trust issues.

Select Experience

  • Argent Energy, an Alberta income trust that operated and managed oil and gas properties located in the U.S., sold substantially all of its assets in its cross-border CCAA/Chapter 15 proceeding.
  • Representation of Wood Group Mustang (Canada) Inc. in defence of an action commenced by Canadian Natural Resources Limited, relating to the failure of an underground emulsion pipeline in 2009. Amounts claimed are in excess of $80 million. Read more
  • Edge Natural Resources LLC in connection with the acquisition of Canamax Energy Ltd. by Edge and senior management and certain other shareholders of Canamax in a transaction valued at approximately $82 million. Read more

Recent Recognitions

  • 2016, Benchmark Canada

    Bennett Jones, Energy/Resource Litigation Firm of the Year
  • 2015, AI Offshore Excellence Awards

    Bennett Jones, winner, Best Offshore Oil & Gas Law Firm - Canada
  • 2014, The Legal 500 Canada

    Bennett Jones, ranked Tier 1, Oil and Gas

    Widely considered a ‘leader in oil and gas work', Bennett Jones LLP impresses for its ‘firm-wide focus on serving industry, which ensures that it understands its clients' needs and markets inside out'.

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