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McCarthy Tétrault
745 Thurlow Street
Suite 2400
Vancouver BC V6E 0C5

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Mr. Hughes is a senior litigator in McCarthy Tétrault’s Vancouver Office who specializes in regulatory litigation, administrative law, environmental litigation and constitutional litigation primarily in the mining, transportation and industrial sectors, including defending and prosecuting civil claims, acting on appeals and judicial reviews of regulatory decisions, and the defence of clients in regulatory and quasi-criminal prosecutions. He regularly represents client before the Environmental Appeal Board (EAB) and on judicial review applications of regulatory decisions and appeals therefrom.


British Columbia Bar, 1990.

Lawyer Rankings

Canada > Environment

McCarthy Tétrault houses a full-spectrum environmental law practice, which routinely acts for a varied mix of Canadian and multinational organizations and government bodies. From its platforms across the country, the group is well versed in a range of regulatory, transactional support and contentious matters, with strong experience before provincial and federal agencies. Calgary-based Kimberly Howard focuses on environmental, energy and regulatory law and co-heads the national team together with Cindy Vaillancourt, who splits her time between Montreal and Quebec City, and Vancouver-based litigator Nicholas Hughes. The department was additionally boosted in May 2023 with the hires of Vancouver-based Una Radoja and Toronto-based Laura Weingarden, who joined from Harper Grey LLP and Kirkland & Ellis LLP respectively. Selina Lee-Andersen left in January 2023, while Joanna Rosengarten departed in March 2023.