A committed team of creative legal strategists

A committed team of creative legal strategists

The firm’s lawyers are experts in the field of environmental law and policy, and the Constitutional and administrative law framework within which our field is contextualised. This expertise enables us to provide practical and innovative legal advice, and has afforded us exposure to an exceptional and very diverse client base.

Clients of the firm include individuals and corporate entities in the development sector; the fishing industry; the mining sector; the alternative energy (principally wind and solar) sector; and many others to which South Africa’s environmental laws have application. Our clients include listed corporate entities; private companies; domestic and international joint ventures; and a range of public sector clients, including organs of state and public sector bodies.

The firm is often retained by other law practices (domestic and abroad) to assist with the provision of environmental legal advice. This is principally by virtue of us practising exclusively in this field which not only gives us significant competitive market advantage, but allows other legal professionals to utilise our assistance on an ad hoc basis and when their clients require additional expertise in this field of law.

We work with some of South Africa’s leading environmental consultancies

We work with some of South Africa’s leading environmental consultancies

The firm also regularly advises environmental consultancies and environmental assessment practitioners; development planners; residents’ and ratepayers’ associations; and individuals.

We have been privileged to work with most of South Africa’s leading environmental consultancies including the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in the public sector, and a significant number of  leading environmental consultancies in the private sector, including Arcus Gibb (Pty) Ltd; Aurecon South Africa (Pty) Ltd; the Environmental Evaluation Unit at the University of Cape Town; ERM (South Africa) (Pty) Ltd; JG Afrika (Pty) Ltd; SRK (South Africa) (Pty) Ltd; and many of South Africa’s leading boutique environmental consultancies.

In addition to advising clients in the private sector, the firm’s lawyers regularly advise various organs of state in the national, provincial and local spheres of the South African government, including the City of Cape Town; the Department of Public Works; the Western Cape Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning; the Western Cape Nature Conservation Board trading as CapeNature; the Cape Peninsula National Park; eThekwini Municipality; and others.

Clients in the non-governmental sector include the Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (WESSA); the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT); the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF); and the Botanical Society of South Africa.

Our international legal work includes in-country environmental due diligence and related professional attendances including reporting on the EDD exercise in diverse jurisdictions including Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Mauritania, Namibia, Swaziland and Zimbabwe.