HERBERT SMITH FREEHILLS IS NAMED AFRICA-WIDE INTERNATIONAL LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR: PROJECTS & ENERGY AT THE CHAMBERS AFRICA AWARDS 2023

    Herbert Smith Freehills was named Africa-Wide International Law Firm of the Year: Projects & Energy at the Chambers Africa Awards 2023 for the second consecutive year. These awards recognise a law firm’s pre-eminence in key jurisdictions in the region and they also reflect achievements over the past 12 months, including outstanding work, impressive strategic growth and … Read more

    2022 Chambers Global Practice Guide on Environmental Law

    Herbert Smith Freehills consultant Justine Sweet and senior associate Mandy Hattingh have authored the Law and Practice section of the South Africa chapter in the 2022 Chambers Global Practice Guide on Environmental Law. The new Environmental Law 2022 guide features 19 jurisdictions. The guide provides the latest legal information on environmental incidents, permits and damage; … Read more

    ESG TRACKER SADC REGION NOVEMBER 2022

    There are so many ESG-related publications and developments that it is hard to keep abreast of them all. For this reason, HSF publishes a monthly tracker of ESG-related publications and developments, with a primary focus on developments that may be of most interest to or impact our clients in the Southern African Development Community, be … Read more

    2022 SOAS ARBITRATION IN AFRICA SURVEY REVEALS A THRIVING MARKET FOR ARBITRATION ON THE CONTINENT

    The School of Oriental and African Studies recently published the third iteration of its Arbitration in Africa Survey Report in October 2022 (here) (2022 survey). The results reveal increasing engagement with and enthusiasm for arbitration among African practitioners, particularly in the booming construction and infrastructure sector. Strong participation from practitioners in jurisdictions with active arbitral … Read more

    Sharm El-Sheikh COP 27 – final round-up

    Final days Negotiations at COP 27 spilled over into the weekend and finished more than 36 hours later than expected. Whilst agreement was met on many key issues, there were multiple points that remained contentious. These include: A resolution that peak emissions should occur in 2025 (and that after that date, world emissions should start … Read more

    Sharm El-Sheikh COP 27 – day 10 (17 November 2022)

    Release of the draft text Thursday 17 November saw the UN climate agency publish the draft text of the COP27 overarching agreement, the focus of the last week of negotiations and the document that will symbolise COP27 for years to come. The text appeared to still be in a very preliminary stage and many voiced … Read more

    Sharm El-Sheikh COP 27 – day 9

    Day 9 – “Biodiversity Day” On Wednesday, the focus at COP 27 was on climate change’s impacts on biodiversity and endangered species, and on the link between climate change and nature and ecosystem-based solutions. Dedicated sessions and meetings discussed the need for integrated responses to climate change and biodiversity loss, as well as solutions to … Read more

    Sharm El-Sheikh COP 27 – day 8

    Day 8 – “Civil Society” day Civil society was the focus today, with discussions on the role of civil society in shaping the global climate agenda and implementation of the pledges. Sessions were aimed to promote engagement of and with civil society, and localisation of climate action through a people-centred and all of society approach. … Read more

    Sharm El-Sheikh COP 27 – day 7

    Day 7 – “Gender and Water Day” Monday 14 November 2022 was gender and water day at COP 27. Events and meetings focused on one hand on the role of women in dealing with the challenges presented by climate change, and on the other hand with impacts of climate change on water systems. Highlights on … Read more