A committed and creative legal strategist

A committed and creative legal strategist

Nicholas is an expert in the field of environmental law and policy, and the Constitutional and administrative law framework within which his area of practice must be contextualised. This expertise enables him to provide practical and innovative legal advice and has afforded him exposure to an exceptional and 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 international) 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 and other exceptional clients

We work with some of South Africa’s leading environmental consultancies and other exceptional clients

Nicholas’ corporate clients include Afrox, Amdec, Aquila Private Game Reserve, Aurecon, Amawandle Pelagic (Pty) Ltd (as well as Lambert’s Bay Foods Limited, Lucky Star Limited, and Oceana Group Limited, in the Oceana Group of companies), Aqunion (Pty) Ltd (and Blue Ocean Mussels (Pty) Ltd and West Point Processors in the Terrasan group of companies), Bay West City (Pty) Ltd, Bestwood Securitisation RF (Pty) Ltd (in the Old Mutual group of companies, as well as Old Mutual Property Group, and Old Mutual Investment Group), Daddy Long Legs Hotel (Pty) Ltd, DHT Holding Africa (Pty) Ltd, Devmark Development Services (Pty) Ltd (in the Devmark Group), EnviroServ, Equites Property Fund Limited, Gansbaai Marine (Pty) Ltd, Heartland Properties, Liesbeek Leisure Property Trust (at the behest of the Zenprop Group), PPC, Pacific Paramount Properties (Pty) Ltd, and Rijks Cellar (Pty) Ltd. Nicholas’ corporate clients in the renewable energy sector include G7 Renewable Energies (Pty) Ltd and its associated entities, juwi Renewable Energies (Pty) Ltd, Longyuan Mulilo De Aar North (Pty) Ltd (together with Longyuan Mulilo De Aar Wind Power (RF) (Pty) Ltd and Mulilo Renewable Energy (Pty) Ltd in the Mulilo Group), and Redcap. Nick has also furnished advice to various corporate and boutique South African law firms in respect of environmental legal issues.

Nicholas has worked with many of South Africa’s leading environmental consultancies, including the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), and a significant number of leading environmental consultancies in the private sector, including Arcus Gibb (Pty) Ltd; Aurecon South Africa (Pty) Ltd; BlueGreen Planning and Design, de Villiers Brownlie, CNdV Africa, the Environmental Evaluation Unit at the University of Cape Town; ERM (Southern 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, Nicholas regularly advises various organs of state in the national, provincial and local spheres of the South African government, including the City of Cape Town; Department of Public Works; Western Cape Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning; Western Cape Nature Conservation Board trading as CapeNature; 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.

Nicholas’ international legal work has included in-country environmental due diligence reporting and related professional attendances in diverse jurisdictions including Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Mauritania, Namibia, Swaziland and Zimbabwe.

Nicholas also regularly advises professional planning practices; residents’ and ratepayers’ associations, and individual clients.