Administrative, Environmental
& Municipal

Overview

OUR TEAM

We are lawyers, engineers, scientists and former senior policymakers who possess practical knowledge of the workings of the public bodies and authorities that are responsible for the oversight of a vast number of industrial and commercial activities or for the analysis and issuance of approvals, most notably in respect of the environmental aspects, in the context of the structuring of numerous development projects.

It is because of the increasingly specific needs of our clients that we created this specialized group, combining our diverse expertise in administrative law and environmental law. Working as a unified team, we provide our clients with business advice, project consultation services, negotiation services in connection with the obtaining of permits and authorizations, and representation in statutory civil, administrative and penal proceedings. Our team of jurists and scientists is ready to serve you.

OBTAINING OF AUTHORIZATIONS AND PERMITS

We assist our clients in the process of obtaining authorizations and permits, most notably by:

  • Negotiating and obtaining authorizations under the Environment Quality Act;
  • Negotiating and obtaining permits and authorizations in the construction field (Autorité des marchés financiers, Régie du bâtiment, etc.);
  • Negotiating and obtaining the necessary construction permits and approvals from the cities and municipalities.

Our thorough knowledge of these processes helps to expedite matters and avoid certain pitfalls, thus ensuring that our clients’ projects run more smoothly.

CONTESTATION OF DECISIONS RENDERED BY PUBLIC AUTHORITIES

The members of our team assist and represent our clients in judicial review proceedings before the Superior Court and in contestations before the specialized administrative tribunals. Our professionals also regularly act in extraordinary remedies against public authorities (mandamus, injunctions and declaratory judgments). We participate on a regular basis in discussions and complex disputes involving the following authorities: - the Autorité des marchés financiers; - the Ministry of Sustainable Development, Environment, Wildlife and Parks; - Québec’s municipalities; - the Tribunal administratif du Québec; - the Régie des alcools, des courses et des jeux; - the professional orders and the Professions Tribunal.

ENVIRONMENT

Our professionals can help you resolve the various problems relating to conflicts of use, land development, the carrying on of environmentally sensitive activities, environmental protection (wetlands and protection of watercourses). Whether the matter involves a real estate deal, a financing, the sale of a business, or a restructuring, our lawyers review the environmental issues, arrange for the sharing of liability, and implement advantageous strategies.

In addition, the protection of the company and its directors and officers against the uncertainties of environmental requirements is a factor that we consider at the early planning stages of a project.

Municipal law

BCF enjoys an established reputation with the municipalities and related organizations which is attributable to our thorough knowledge of administrative law. In particular, we have had occasion to render legal opinions on the validity of municipal by-laws and orders and, where applicable, on their contestation. We represent a vast range of clients that are very active in the municipal arena, including the following:

  • municipalities, towns and boroughs;
  • school boards;
  • hospitals;
  • municipal bodies;
  • port facilities;
  • energy development corporations;
  • shopping centres;
  • Crown corporations;
  • landowners, property managers and property developers.

AT YOUR DISPOSAL: PERSONALIZED TRAINING AND A NETWORK OF EXPERTS

Our clients can take advantage of the strong relationships we have formed in related technical fields. We have an excellent network of contacts, which means we can present the scientific expert opinions (engineering, architecture, biology, appraisal, geography, hydrology, etc.) that can be necessary to advance our clients’ projects efficiently or to assert their rights before the administrative and judicial authorities.

Our professionals frequently publish articles and other works, and they regularly offer training sessions, which helps them stay at the forefront of their individual fields. For instance, we offer personalized corporate training on various subjects such as sound governance, environmental compliance, corporate environmental management, the organization of emergency response measures, and directors’ and officers’ liability.

Karen Aguilar

514 397-4631

Caroline Beaudoin

514 397-2295

Audrey-Anne Béland

418 649-5026

Véronique Briand-Carle

418 649-5478

Frédéric Côté

Partner, Lawyer

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Frédéric Côté

514 397-4591

Chloé D'Astous

514 397-6759

Michel Décary, C.R., Ad.E., IAS.A

514 397-6944

Pierre Delisle

Lawyer, Consulting Partner

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Pierre  Delisle

418 649-5642

Sébastien Delisle

514 397-2357

Emmanuelle Demers

514 397-6883

Michèle Gouin

514 397-6923

Guillaume  Gourde-Pinet

514 397-5551

Fabrice L. Coulombe

514 397-6909

Isabelle Landry

418 649-5479

Nathalie  Lavoie

418 649-5073

Serge Lebel

Partner, Lawyer and Administrateur de sociétés certifiés (ASC)

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Serge Lebel

418 692-4159

Maude Lépine

514 397-4617

Chloé Lépine

514 397-5574

Odette Nadon

Lawyer, Ad. E., Consulting Partner

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Odette Nadon

514 397-4635

Simon Pelletier

Partner, Lawyer, Engineer

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Simon Pelletier

514 397-6719

Yannick Pomerleau

514 787-2878

Joseph-André Roy

418 649-5496

Nicolas St-Sauveur

418 692-4501

Jacinthe Thibault

Paralegal, Litigation

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Jacinthe Thibault

418 694-2920 #6475

Mario Welsh

Managing Partner for the Québec office, Lawyer

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Mario Welsh

418 649-5473