Mining and Environmental Lawyers

Qualifications:

  • BA LLB
  • Attorney of the High Court of South Africa

Hulme Scholes

Hulme is a director of Malan Scholes Inc. He was admitted as an attorney in 1995. His area of expertise is in mining and environmental law and dispute resolution. He has in-depth knowledge of mineral rights issues and BEE transactions in this industry. He sits on the boards of various mining companies as a non-executive director and has a practical understanding of the industry, having begun his career as a Learner Official on the then Rand Mines Limited Harmony Gold Mine.

Hulme is recognised by Best Lawyers® (2020) for his expertise in mining law.

hscholes@malanscholes.co.za

+27 (0)10 020 5031

Recent Experience:

  • Reviewing and advising on the Mining Charter(s), including drafting and launching the application in the High Court of South Africa, Pretoria, to challenge the validity of the Mining Charter(s) (2016; 2017).
  • Advising the purchaser, Seriti Coal (Pty) Ltd, on the sale of the South African Anglo American PLC’s coal assets (2017).
  • Counsel for ERPM and DRDGold Ltd in the Silicosis class action (2015, 2016, 2017).
  • Acted for numerous mining houses in review applications against decisions taken (or a failure to take a decision) by the regulators of mineral resources, water and sanitation and environmental affairs, including decisions in respect of mining and prospecting right applications, section 11 applications and appeals.
  • Drafting of numerous appeals in terms of the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act, 2002, the National Environmental Management Act, 1998, the National Water Act, 1988 and the Mine Health and Safety Act, 1996.
  • Advising clients on the BEE obligations contained in the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act, 2002 and the Mining Charter(s).
  • Advising clients on the payment of royalties in accordance with the provisions of the Royalties Mineral and Petroleum Resources Royalty Act, 2008 and the Royalties Mineral and Petroleum Resources Royalty (Administration) Act, 2008.
  • Advising clients on and assisting clients in determining whether there are land claims in respect of properties.
  • Advising clients on the civil and criminal liability of directors, in their personal capacities, for the failure of a company to comply with environmental legislation.

 

Qualifications:

  • BCom LLB
  • Certificate in Advanced Company Law 1
  • Certificate in Mining and Prospecting Law
  • Attorney of the High Court of South Africa

Serika Singh

Serika is a director of Malan Scholes Inc. She was admitted as an attorney in 2011. Her area of practice is dispute resolution. She primarily deals with High Court litigation matters with a focus on administrative law, mining and environmental law, land-use and commercial litigation as well as advising on commercial disputes and disputes with the State, including the regulators of mineral resources.

ssingh@malanscholes.co.za

+27 (0)10 020 5022

Recent Experience:

  • Acted for numerous mining houses in review applications against decisions taken (or a failure to take a decision) by the regulators of mineral resources, including decisions in respect of mining and prospecting right applications, section 11 applications and section 96 appeals.
  • Assisted numerous mining houses with internal appeals in terms of the Section 96 of the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development, 2002 against decisions taken by the regulators of mineral resources.
  • Advised mining houses on the process contemplated in section 54 of the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development, 2002.
  • Advised clients in relation to eviction applications.
  • Advised numerous mining houses on their rights to access prospecting and mining areas and disputes in relation to lease agreements over prospecting and mining areas.
  • Advised mining houses in relation to notices issued to mining houses in terms of section 54 of the Mine Health and Safety Act, 1996 to stop mining operations.
  • Advised clients on the Regulation of Gatherings Act, 1993.
  • Acted for clients in numerous urgent court applications, including applications to interdict unlawful stoppage of mining operations and illegal mining.
  • Advised and acted for clients in legal proceedings regarding commercial disputes relating to coal supply agreements and contract mining agreements.

 

Qualifications:

  • LLB LLM (Marine and Environmental Law)
  • Attorney of the High Court of South Africa

Lia Bolz

Lia is a director at Malan Scholes Inc. She was admitted as an attorney in 2013. Her areas of expertise are mining and environmental law.

lbolz@malanscholes.co.za

+27 (0)10 020 5020

Recent Experience:

  • Acted for Samancor Chrome Limited in a successful review application to set aside the proclamation of a township development on mineralised land in the North West (2017).
  • Advising on the development of an industrial complex on the surface of land which is subject to a mining right (2016).
  • Advising on the application of the National Environmental Management: Waste Act, 2009 and the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act, 2002 to historic tailings disposal facilities as well as residue stockpiles and residue deposits.
  • Advising on the obligation to rezone land in Gauteng, Mpumalanga, North West and the Western Cape for mining purposes.
  • Advising on the civil and criminal liability of directors for the failure of a company to comply with environmental legislation.
  • Drafting of appeals in terms of the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act, 2002 and the Mine Health and Safety Act, 1996.
  • Advising on the BEE obligations contained in the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act, 2002 and the Broad-Based Socio-Economic Empowerment Charter for the Mining and Minerals Industry, 2018.
  • Drafting of appeals and representations on behalf of various mining houses in terms of the National Environmental Management Act, 1998, the National Water Act, 1998 and the National Environmental Management: Waste Act, 2009.
  • Advising on the financial provision obligations contained in the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act, 2002 and the National Environmental Management Act, 1998. 
  • Acted for mining houses in numerous urgent court applications, including applications to interdict illegal mining operations and unlawful interference with and suspension of mining operations.

Qualifications:

  • LLB LLM (Environmental Law and Governance)
  • Certificate in short course regarding Environmental Management and Regulation
  • Certificate in short course regarding Transboundary Protection of Biodiversity
  • Attorney and Notary of the High Court of South Africa

Marga van der Merwe

Marga is a senior associate at Malan Scholes Inc. She was admitted as an attorney in 2015 and a notary in 2017. Her areas of expertise are in mining and environmental law.

mvandermerwe@malanscholes.co.za

+27 (0)10 020 5029

Recent Experience:

  • Assisted mining companies in opposing review applications to set aside their Mining Rights and Environmental Approvals.
  • Assisted clients with urgent interdict applications to interdict illegal mining activities.
  • Assisted with the environmental due diligence investigation pertaining to Seriti Resources Holdings (Pty) Ltd’s successful bid to acquire the South African coal business of South 32 Limited (2019). 
  • Advised clients on the application of the National Environmental Management: Waste Act, 2009 and the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act, 2002 to historic tailings disposal facilities as well as reside stockpiles and residue deposits.
  • Drafted appeals in terms of the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act, 2002 and the Mine Health and Safety Act, 1996 and drafted subsequent court applications to the Labour Court in order to uplift suspensions of mining operations.
  • Drafted appeals in terms of the National Environmental Management Act, 1998, the National Water Act, 1998 and the National Environmental Management: Waste Act, 2009.

 

Qualifications:

  • BCom LLB
  • Attorney of the High Court of South Africa

Francois Sieberhagen

Francois is an associate at Malan Scholes Inc. He was admitted as an attorney in 2017. His areas of expertise are in dispute resolution and mining and environmental law.

fsieberhagen@malanscholes.co.za

+27 (0)10 020 5023

Recent Experience:

  • Drafted numerous appeals in terms of section 96 of the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act, 2002 and section 57 of the Mine Health and Safety Act, 1996.
  • Advised clients on the BEE regulations contained in the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act, 2002 and the Mining Charter(s).
  • Acted for clients in numerous court applications, including applications to interdict illegal mining operations and unlawful interference with and suspension of mining operations.
  • Assisted with the mining due diligence investigation pertaining to Seriti Resources Holdings (Pty) Ltd’s successful bid to acquire the South African coal business of South32 Limited.
  • Drafted various section 11 applications in terms of the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act, 2002.