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Smith Ndlovu & Summers Attorneys


PO Box 619
Cape Town
Western Cape
South Africa

Tel: 021 424 5826
Cellphone: 082 375 0905
Fax: 021 424 5825
Contact: Nicholas Smith - Managing Partner

Smith Ndlovu & Summers Attorneys is a Cape Town and Durban based specialist environmental law firm, with expertise in South African Constitutional, administrative and environmental law. The firm services an array of clients nationally and has also worked in various sub-Saharan countries including Mauritania, Angola, Swaziland, Lesotho and Namibia.

Clients include corporates, government, public sector clients, individuals, and NGOs. The firm currently employs five attorneys (Nicholas Smith, Sibonelo Ndlovu, Richard Summers, Carrie Tacon and Heinrich Muller), one candidate attorney (Michaela Lau) and has a support staff of four. All five lawyers are admitted attorneys and three have post-graduate (Masters) qualifications in environmental law, as does Ms. Lau.

The firm undertakes a variety of work including: preparation of opinions, memoranda of advice and other written deliverables; High Court litigation; due diligence reporting, appearances in fora dealing with environmental disputes; audit and legal register-related work (e.g. ISO certification); capacity-building; and a range of other work relevant to its core competences.

The firm is the first South African specialist environmental law practice which was substantively empowered by virtue of having a partner who qualifies as a historically disadvantaged individual in terms of South Africa’s employment equity and black economic empowerment legislation. Both the firm and Nicholas Smith are ranked as leaders in the field of environmental law, by the authoritative Practical Law Company publications, both in the PLC Yearbook (2010) and in the PLC Cross-Border Handbook (Environment).

Further details on the firm, its professional staff and their areas of expertise within the practice of environmental law, can be found on

Additional Contacts:

Richard Summers – Partner
Cell: 082 534 0328