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Amanda Hattingh

Amanda Hattingh


Amanda is a regulatory lawyer specialising in environmental and regulatory law in Herbert Smith Freehills’ Johannesburg office. 



Amanda’s main focus is environmental law. She has experience considering the full range of environmental laws including those related to water, waste, air, and climate change. Amanda is also significantly experienced in advising mining and oil and gas clients in relation to the general and environmental regulation of those sectors. In addition to advising clients on the law, preparing legal opinions and providing due diligence and transactional advice, Amanda also represents her clients in judicial review proceedings, internal appeals and high court litigation.

Amanda also has experience in consumer protection, civil aviation, data protection, administrative and constitutional, customary and commercial law.

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Amanda’s recent experience includes advising: 

  • the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as international legal counsel on the Ministry of Industry and Mineral Resources’ mineral law reform project;
  • three successful bidders under the Risk Mitigation Independent Power Producers Procurement Programme on the environmental and health and safety aspects of the projects and preparing the required environmental legal opinions;
  • a confidential banking client on the requirements for the sale of contaminated land;
  • a confidential client on the  economic empowerment requirements under Mining Charter III;
  • Harmony Gold on the ZAR 4.4 billion transaction in which it purchased AngloGold Ashanti Limited's South African assets;
  • a confidential client on the acquisition by it of a number of old-order tailings storage facilities including conducting an environmental due diligence and providing transactional advice; 
  • appeal applications against the acceptance and granting of environmental authorisations and / or mining and prospecting rights; 
  • advising various lenders and borrowers on the environmental requirements for the State's IPP renewable energy projects; and 
  • due diligences on a variety of entities, among other things, conducting mining activities, operating waste water treatment plants and conducting waste treatment and / or disposal activities.