Rachel Howie is the co-lead of the Litigation and Dispute Resolution group in Canada and co-lead for the national Alternative Dispute Resolution and Arbitration group. Her practice focuses on international and domestic arbitration and litigation, primarily in the energy, mining and natural resources industries. Rachel has experience advising clients at all stages of a project or transaction to help them navigate how to protect and operate their business from a disputes perspective. She frequently advises domestic and international clients on the drafting of dispute resolution clauses in transactional documents, works with clients on ADR mechanisms to resolve or prevent disputes, and advocates on her clients’ behalf in arbitration and litigation proceedings. In her arbitration practice, Rachel has acted on matters involving issues across North and South America, Central Asia and South-East Asia. She has experience under several institutional rules, including ICC and ICSID, along with ad hoc proceedings. She is highly regarded for her attention to detail and ability to also take a “big-picture” view. Her clients appreciate her practical advice, and solutions on which they can act that work for their commercial goals.
Capital-intensive mining projects and long-term agreements in the industry, particularly outside of Canada, can be subject to political risk and change that can affect investment. How can investments best be protected?