Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr : Services - service environment

By: Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr  11-11-2011
Keywords: Due Diligence, Environmental Law, Due Diligence Investigations

Environmental Law

Environmental Law is a highly specialised field in which Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr offers extremely skilled and practical advice.

Our areas of specialisation include:

  • Compliance Advice
    We offer practical and focused advice on all areas of environmental legal compliance. Where clients are not in compliance with the law, we advise on methods for achieving that compliance within realistic time frames.
  • Due Diligence Investigations
    Environmental concerns area increasingly important in mergers and acquisitions. This is particularly so given the environmental legal regime in South Africa which creates retrospective and strict liability in some circumstances. Our team, working in conjunction with scientists and environmental consultants, is able to distinguish areas of genuine concern from non-material issues and to assess their implications for a deal.
  • ISO 14001
    Increasingly, customers of our clients are demanding independently audited and accredited environmental management systems. We have extensive expertise in the implementation of ISO 14001 accredited environmental management systems and have experience in independently auditing those systems from a legal perspective.
  • Environmental Impact Assessments
    These play a central role in many developments. We are able to guide the process to ensure legal compliance with all the requirements of the EIA process to make it is as defensible as possible and unlikely to be vulnerable to attack on appeal or review. Where clients are opposed to a development, we are able to assist in opposing it through the environmental impact assessment process.
  • Environmental Litigation
    We have extensive experience in environmental litigation in various divisions of the High Court in South Africa.
  • Legislative Drafting
    Our team has drafted laws for SADC, national governments within the SADC region and provincial and local government authorities in South Africa. We therefore have firsthand knowledge of legal requirements in many jurisdictions and are skilled at translating government clients' instructions into workable, practical and easily understood legislation.

Keywords: Diligence Investigations, Due Diligence, Due Diligence Investigations, Environmental Law

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