Energy & Natural Resources

Cox & Palmer’s energy and natural resources lawyers are recognized legal advisors in the industry, respected for sector experience, accessible service, and advice that leads to desired outcomes. Our lawyers work with our clients and other groups within the firm to provide reliable, tailored assistance at every stage of our clients’ projects.

Depend on your Cox & Palmer lawyer to provide comprehensive commercial and regulatory advice to major electric and oil and gas projects, exploration and production companies, service companies, pipe laying companies, regulatory agents and governments.

Cox & Palmer’s engagements in the energy sector include:

  • Counsel and chief negotiator on the Canada Nova Scotia offshore agreements.
  • Counsel and chief negotiator for a proponent on the proposed 2002 $12 billion Lower Churchill Hydro-Electric project.
  • Lead counsel on the commercial arrangements for the Nova Scotia investor in the Muskrat Falls land and Maritime link Hydro Electric project.
  • Counsel for a variety of parties on oil and gas projects offshore Newfoundland and Labrador, including Hibernia, Terra Nova and White Rose.
  • Lead counsel on the $850 million privatization of Nova Scotia Power Corporation.
  • Counsel to a major Nova Scotia electrical utility for all aspects of the regulated industry.
  • Counsel to suppliers of labour, goods and services to many energy projects.

Key service areas include:

  • Asset and share acquisitions and divestitures involving public and private resource sector companies
  • Debt and equity financing
  • Corporate restructuring
  • Mergers, joint ventures and takeover bids
  • Development agreements, operating agreements, benefit plans
  • Royalty and governmental negotiations
  • Regulatory and lands rights issues
  • Mineral and hydrocarbon rights
  • Easements, land access rights, compensation for use and expropriation
  • Regulated rate structures and service conditions
  • Hearings and selection processes relating to resource development projects
  • Structuring co-generation projects
  • Environmental assessments, approvals, regulation and compliance
  • Farm in/farm out agreements
  • Procurement and construction issues
  • Project labour agreements and related issues
  • Privacy and access to information

Articles & Insights

Required to Register as a Lobbyist? Another 2020 Surprise for Business.

2020 has been marked by a series of significant public health and economic actions by both the federal and provincial governments in Canada in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In developing these policies, governments engaged and continue to engage with business groups, unions, social groups, and non-governmental agencies in Canada. They have received and continue to receive solicited and unsolicited representations from the public, including businesses, as the policies and programs evolve.

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Force Majeure Clauses and the Doctrine of Frustration: Flattening the Liability Curve

As governments across Canada continue to impose restrictions on business and travel in an attempt to curtail the spread of COVID-19, parties to contracts, especially service or sale of goods contracts, may find it increasingly more challenging to complete their contractual obligations. In this context, it may be useful to review the legal concepts of force majeure and the common law doctrine of frustration to consider how each may apply in certain contractual relationships.

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Overview of the New Legal Era for Development Projects in the NL Offshore

In “Overview of the New Legal Era for Development Projects in the Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore,” Todd Stanley, QC, discusses the history of Newfoundland and Labrador’s offshore and the changes to the legal and regulatory landscape for upcoming projects. Originally prepared for the Canadian Energy Law Foundation’s June 2019 conference, you can now download a […]

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