Justin Truter

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Location: Stellenbosch

Tel: +27 21 809 6143

Fax: +27 11 535 8593

Email: jtruter@werksmans.com


Director Justin Truter is Head of the Environmental Law practice area, also advising in the Africa; Business Crimes & Investigations; Construction & Engineering; Dispute Resolution; and Infrastructure, Energy & Projects practice areas. Justin specialises in constitutional law; administrative law; environmental law; land use planning law; water law; heritage resources law; and mining law. He is the former chairman of the Western Cape Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Forum. His many major matters include advising the Western Cape Provincial Government on the environmental, land use planning and heritage aspects of the 2010 FIFA World Cup soccer stadium at Green Point.

  • Business Crimes & Investigations
  • Construction & Engineering
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Infrastructure, Energy & Projects
  • Land Reform Restitution & Tenure
  • Mining, Environmental & Resources
  • Constitutional law
  • Administrative law 
  • Environmental law 
  • Land use planning law
  • Water law
  • Heritage resources law
  • Mining law


  • Administrative appeals and judicial review proceedings
  • Compliance with environmental legislation including
    • compliance audits of industries, companies and individuals
    • environmental due diligence investigations and reports
    • the processing of applications and appeals in terms of the National Environmental Management Act (NEMA)
  • Land use planning applications and appeals
  • Property development (including large scale infrastructure projects, golf and polo estates, sports stadia and mixed income developments)
  • Compliance with the Minerals and Petroleum Resources Development Act
  • Water rights and uses
  • Heritage resource management
  • Pollution and waste management
  • Restitution of land rights and land claims
  • environmental law in South Africa
  • BA LLB (Stellenbosch University)
  • Member of the Environmental Law Association
  • 2009: Director, Werksmans
  • Head of the Environmental Law practice area


  • Justin is ranked in Chambers Global as one of South Africa's market leading environmental lawyers and is recognized by clients for "offering effective and knowledgeable advice", and for his "measured approach to negotiation". Commentators acknowledge him as a "very knowledgeable" practitioner who "works on a wide range of issues".
  • Lead counsel to the Provincial Minister of Environmental Affairs on all environmental, heritage and land use planning legal aspects in relation to the development of the 2010 FIFA World Cup Soccer Stadium at Green Point, Cape Town
  • Ranked as a leading lawyer in Environment (2015, 2016 - 2020) by Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business
  • Former head of the Provincial Department of Environmental Affairs’ “Green Scorpions” directorate
  • Legal adviser to the Biodiversity Offsets Steering Committee
  • Legal adviser to the NEMA Law Reform Task Team
  • Legal adviser to the Mapping of Geographically Sensitive Areas Project Team
  • Chairman of the Western Cape Environmental Compliance Forum
  • Member of the National Environmental Compliance Forum
  • Legal adviser to the Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning’s Risk Management and Fraud Prevention Committee
  • Legal adviser to the National Working Group IV Committee responsible for environmental compliance, monitoring and law enforcement.
  •  Advising various renewable energy project companies, including SunEdison on their successfully bid solar renewable energy projects as part of the Department of Energy's IPP Programme.
  • Justin has presented at the “Investing in Mining Indaba”, the world’s largest mining investment event for the past 2 years and delivered a presentation at the invitation of the Danish Government at an event hosted by the Danish Government during the Wind Energy Indaba.