Environmental Law

We are one of Africa’s leading environmental law firms, offering real depth and a broad range of expertise in environmental law.

  • Overview

Overview

Doing business in Africa, as in most international jurisdictions, requires specialised counsel to effectively manage corporate environmental risks and decision-making.

We are one of Africa’s leading environmental law firms, offering real depth and a broad range of expertise in environmental law.

Our service covers legal risk mitigation and management, permitting, projects and developments, appeals against administrative decisions and judicial reviews, criminal and administrative disputes, impacts and compliance, due-diligence investigations and compliance auditing.

Our specialist environmental lawyers are equipped with a practical understanding of both the law and its application by the regulators and are able to handle environmental matters in all the jurisdictions in which we are located.

We are able to ensure that our clients’ environmental requirements and risks are seamlessly managed in alignment with their broader business requirements and priorities.

We have a strong commercial-environmental understanding in a transactional context, including with respect to the intersection among sectors such as mining, energy and infrastructure developments, environmental issues and community interests, pollution and contaminated land liabilities, as well as appropriate mechanisms for the allocation of related risks in transactions, authorisation requirements for developments and general environmental transactional risks.

We frequently represent clients with respect to environmental authority enforcement actions, compliance notices, directives, appeals and reviews, as well as in criminal prosecutions on environmental matters.

Chambers & Partners has ranked our Environmental Practice in Band 1 for the past two years (2015 and 2016). According to the publication, we are an “Excellent firm acting for an impressive variety of clientele”; we have “exceptional regulatory expertise”; and are “well placed to advise on environmental aspects of complex acquisitions and financings”. We are also mentioned for our “strength in environmental investigations and compliance proceedings”. Clients are quoted as saying that we are “excellent” and “first-class”; our “briefs are brilliant”; and our “attorneys are very hands-on”.

We serve the top end of the South African and broader African market, advising on government processes, commercial lending and mergers and acquisitions (including cross-jurisdictional work in transactional and other matters). Our clients include large listed corporations and the public sector.