Environmental Law

Environmental Law

Environmental issues are increasingly coming to the fore in South Africa – partly due to the growing emphasis on corporate governance requirements in the shape of triple-bottom line reporting and partly to the country’s changing legal and regulatory landscape.

On this basis, the Environmental practice fully understands the extent to which environmental considerations affect the operations of businesses across the economy, from agriculture and construction to energy, mining, manufacturing, property development, tourism and transportation. This is reflected in the comprehensive range of environmental law issues advised on, including land claims, mining rights, environmental compliance, regulation, waste and hazardous substance emissions and legal controls.

Versatility is a hallmark of the Environmental team, which is able to address advisory, regulatory, compliance, contractual and transactional issues, as well as resolve and avoid potential disputes or litigate when disputes arise.

The team collaborates with the Mining, Energy & Natural Resources practice to assist local and international companies in understanding the impact of their development projects on all aspects of the environment, from water, air, soil and groundwater to the cultural heritage of affected communities.

The environmental team has also acted for tribal authorities and previously disadvantaged communities to resolve land claims and implement land restitution settlement agreements.

As environmental law is still an emerging discipline in South Africa, our lawyers readily share their expertise by convening seminars and workshops on environmental law, the legal implications for the mining industry and the effects of environmental law on consumer rights.


  • Advice on regulatory and compliance issues
  • Advice on contractual and transactional issues
  • Litigation and dispute resolution
  • Advice on waste and hazardous substance emission and control
  • Restitution of land rights

Contact Director Justin Truter, Head of our Environmental law practice area.

Download our Environmental practice area overview