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Matthew Burnell


Matthew is a Director in the Johannesburg office.



Matthew heads the environmental practice in our Johannesburg office.

His expertise includes general regulatory compliance for all industries including mining, enforcement of environmental laws, drafting and reviewing contracts and environmental warranties and indemnities, apportionment of environmental liabilities, the implications of environmental issues in respect of project finance and Equator Principles, internal appeals and reviews and other environmental litigation, due diligence, opinions and general advice.

Recent matters include:

  • review applications against environmental authorisations for large linear projects and in respect of tailings dumps 
  • advising various lenders and borrowers on the environmental requirements for the State's IPP renewable energy projects
  • advising clients involved in emergency incidents in terms of the National Environmental Management Act; advising lessors and lessees on the apportionment of their respective liabilities.