Chris Stevens

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Director, Head of Mining, Environmental & Resources practice

Location: Johannesburg

Tel: +27 11 535 8467

Fax: +27 11 535 8667



Director Chris Stevens is Head of the Mining, Environmental & Resources practice area; also lending his expertise to the Corporate Mergers & Acquisitions and Land Reform Restitution & Tenure practice areas. Chris is deeply skilled in matters relating to due diligence; opinion work; administrative appeals and reviews; mining title registration; and resources law. He is a sought-after advisor on mining transactions; mining disputes; and all aspects of the MPRDA. Chris advised Anglo American Platinum on all its B-BBEE projects for all its joint ventures and existing mines.

  • Corporate Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Land Reform Restitution & Tenure
  • Mining, Environmental & Resources
  • Due diligence
  • Opinion work
  • Administrative appeals and reviews
  • Mining title registration
  • resources law


  • Mining transactions
  • Mining disputes
  • All aspects of the MPRDA


  • BCom (University of the Witwatersrand)
  • LLB (University of the Witwatersrand)
  • 2012: Director, Werksmans
  • Head of Mining & Resources practice area
  • Membership: Mining Law Committee, IBA (2003 – 2004);
  • Named as leading lawyer:
    • in Mining by Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2008 - 2020) (Band 1)
    • in Mining by The International Who’s Who Legal (2008 - 2013)
  • Admitted as notary public (1990);
  • Named as a recommended lawyer in Mining by The Legal500 (2013 – 2016; 2018 and 2020);
  • Named as a leading lawyer in Mining by The Legal500 in 2019 - 2020;
  • Ranked as a "highly regarded" practitioner for Energy & Infrastructure and Project Development in IFLR1000 (2018, 2019 and 2020);
  • Won WITS prize for mining law in LLM by course work (1991);
  • Lectured LLB Prospecting and Mining Course, WITS (1995 - 2005);
  • Lectures annually at the WITS LLM in Mining Engineering on Mineral Law Compliance;
  • Spoken at about 50 conferences in South Africa over the past 20 years;
  • Presentations:
    • IBA conference in Rome on mining contractorship agreements (2005),
    • to IBA conference in Cape Town on implications of the National Water Act on mining companies (1998),
    • to IPBA in Auckland, New Zealand on Native Title in South Africa and how it affects mining tenements (1998)
  • Advised Anglo Platinum on its BEE projects for its joint ventures and existing mines;
  • Currently advising the Department of Water Affairs in relation to the acid mine drainage project in the Witwatersrand and;
  • Currently advising the Department of Water Affairs in relation to the acid mine drainage project in the Witwatersrand.