Richard Summers

Managing Director

richard@summersinc.co.za

Background

Richard has over 15 years’ experience specialising exclusively in the field of environmental law and is ranked as a leading environmental lawyer under the category “Environment – South Africa” by Chambers & Partners in their global guide.

Richard commenced his legal career working for law firms in Hong Kong and London. This included leading global firms Chadbourne & Parke and Norton Rose Fulbright where he worked in the Banking & Finance Department on projects advising sovereign entities on international financing transactions in the oil and gas sector.

Richard is a graduate of the University of Cape Town (UCT) where he obtained BSocSci and LLB degrees.

Richard also obtained a Master of Laws Degree (LLM) in Environmental Law with Merit from the University of London where the studied at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).

Clarice Arendse

Senior Associate

clarice@summersinc.co.za

Background

Clarice has been involved in an extensive range of environmental and heritage matters including assisting in the preparation of administrative appeals in terms of the provisions of the National Environmental Management Act 107 of 1998, the National Heritage Resources Act 25 of 1999, the Development Facilitation Act 67 of 1995 and the Land Use Planning Act 3 of 2014. Clarice’s experience includes advising clients on objections in terms of the National Environmental Management Act and the Land Use Planning Ordinance 15 of 1985.

Clarice has experience in dispute resolution in terms of the Sectional Titles Act 95 of 1986 and Sectional Titles Scheme Management Act 8 of 2011 as well as assisting in the preparation of numerous legal opinions and has undertaken environmental legal compliance reviews and audits for clients as part of their operational requirements and as part of the process of formal statutory compliance audits.

In addition, Clarice has significant experience in High Court litigation with particular focus on judicial review applications.

Qualifications

  • LLM (University of the Western Cape)
  • LLB (University of the Western Cape)