ENSafrica houses the largest team of environmental lawyers in Africa. We work at the dynamic nexus of the environment, sustainability and commerce, and we thrive in creating innovative environmental legal solutions to suit the needs of your business.

Our key differentiator is that our dedicated environment team has the capacity to undertake a multifaceted array of environmental and regulatory compliance work across the entire African continent, where legislation and regulation are becoming increasingly stringent.

Environmental and sustainability issues impact on industrial and business strategies, and environmental concerns are now recognised to be on par with financial concerns.

As a result, we often participate in project development teams which cut across law, policy and commerce.

We also assist local and international companies with the full spectrum of legal and strategic issues relating to the environment nationally and regionally, including cross-border due diligence, contractual negotiations and transactional advice.

We have the unique advantage, as part of Africa’s largest law firm, of being able to harness the expertise of more than 600 practitioners throughout the continent. ENSafrica has a significant breadth and depth of experience and specialist expertise that spans all commercial areas of law, tax, forensics and IP.

As such, we regularly partner with specialists across the firm, meaning that we are able to assist with all aspects of all matters across all sectors in all African jurisdictions, ensuring that your legal requirements are handled quickly and seamlessly.

sources are quick to praise the team for delivering exceptional services
— Chambers Global Guide 2018

what we offer

  • agribusiness and forestry
  • biodiversity and eco-tourism
  • climate change and carbon markets
  • compliance management and corporate governance
  • environmental dispute resolution and litigation
  • environmental law skills development
  • land use planning
  • minerals and mining
  • nuclear legal considerations
  • projects and products lifecycle
  • renewable energy projects
  • sustainable ocean management
  • transactional support
  • waste management
  • water law
maintains a stellar reputation for its work in the mining sector, acting for clients on a range of contentious and non-contentious matters
— Chambers Global Guide 2018
representative instructions include advising on conflicting mining rights and environmental contamination, as well as ably assisting companies with approvals for operational expansion and set-up
— Chambers Global Guide 2018
knowledgeable on the government’s independent power producer programme, water management and resource protection
— Chambers Global Guide 2018


water laws
Water laws comparative assessment for Angola, Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe on behalf of the Zambezi Watercourse Commission and the World Bank.
climate change legislation
Climate change legislation for the South African Department of Environmental Affairs.
Water legislation
Water legislation for South Africa, including the National Water Act and the Water Services Act, for the Ministry of Water Affairs and Forestry.
Renewable Energy
Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Procurement Programme by South Africa’s National Treasury and the Department of Energy.
Lobbying of Government by the Banking Association of South Africa regarding lender liability under the National Environmental Management: Waste Act 59 of 2008.
Peaking power project
Peaking power project constructed and operated by GDF Suez.
Disposal by a major gold mining company of one of its mining operations to two companies, involving complex sub-division and consolidation, and requiring consent from various regulators.
Litigation facing a major gold mining company relating to the management and treatment of acid mine drainage from historical mining operations.
Defence of a major industrial client and some of its directors in their personal capacity following the South African National Prosecuting Authority’s criminal charges for alleged statutory contraventions.
Interdict allowing a major waste management services company to continue operating after the possible closure of its landfill site by the South African Department of Environmental Affairs after allegations that its waste management licence had expired.
they are very resourceful and their turnaround times are excellent
— Chambers Global Guide 2018


Lloyd Christie




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