Samantha has specialist knowledge in the following fields:
Environmental law: She has over 20 years’ experience in this field in conjunction with international diplomas in international environmental law under the auspices of UNITAR and Prof Sands. She has a Masters’ Degree with Distinction in the field of environmental law covering mining, water, property law, municipal law, biodiversity law and general environmental law including environmental impact assessments. Her thesis looked at corporate social responsibility, shareholder activism and sustainability. Samantha has a special interest in the interaction between environmental law, procurement law and insolvency law. This means that Samantha has been briefed on various matters pertaining to major infrastructure and energy projects and the implication thereof on the environment, mine closure and insolvency and the interface between the infrastructure procurement and tender process and the environment. Samantha’s practice in this field has included matters pertaining to environmental authorisations, green crime, wildlife matters, climate change, energy, mining disputes, water and waste.
Construction law: Samantha has substantial litigation experience in the field of construction law. She trained as an adjudicator she has experience with construction adjudications, arbitrations and construction contracts such as the NEC, JBCC and FIDIC. Her litigation experience has included contractual disputes, delay disputes and guarantees. Samantha has also been briefed on construction disputes pertaining to the SIU’s (Special Investigative Unit) investigative powers and allegations of tender irregularities.
Intellectual property law: Samantha has experience in litigating before the Companies Tribunal in this field. She also has a Certificate for Advanced Intellectual Property from the Anton Mostert Intellectual Property Law Faculty, University of Stellenbosch covering copyright law, trade mark law, patent and design law. The topics have included protection of software, performer’s protection, ambush marketing, unlawful competition, counterfeiting, trade mark infringement, domain names, pharmaceutical products and traditional knowledge.
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I hold an LLM in environmental law and I am currently undertaking my Doctorate. My LLM focused on CSR solutions to sustainability, unpacking corporate legislation and shareholder activism. My doctorate explores the environmental context of public private partnerships and public procurement projects. Prior to joining the Bar, I studied Mandarin Chinese whilst working in sustainable tourism for a few years. I was then involved in community projects on environmental campaigns.
Besides practice I am also a director of SABWiL (South African Black Women in Law), a non-profit organisation which is an educational platform for students offering mentorship, moot court and skills enhancement for tomorrow’s generation of lawyers.