CATHERINE WARBURTON BA LLB LLM (cum laude)

Managing Director – IMBEWU Sustainability Legal Specialists (Pty) Ltd

Catherine Warburton established IMBEWU Sustainability Legal Specialists (Pty) Ltd  in the year 2000 and has acted as the Managing Director of IMBEWU for eighteen years.

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Alistair Young (BA LLB LLM)

Senior Sustainability Legal Consultant – IMBEWU Sustainability Legal Specialists (Pty) Ltd

Alistair Young is an admitted Attorney who completed his tertiary education at the University of Cape Town where he obtained a BA degree specialising in environmental science, a LLB degree, and a Master’s degree specialising in International and South African Environmental Law. His LLM dissertation focuses on the negative impacts of large dams on the environment and the curtailment of such impacts through the application of relevant international environmental conventions and indigenous environmental legislation.

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Peggy Schoeman BA LLB PDM LLM (cum laude)

Senior Sustainability Legal Consultant – IMBEWU Sustainability Legal Specialists (Pty) Ltd

Peggy Schoeman is an admitted attorney, conveyancer and notary. Peggy obtained a Bachelor of Arts (BA) with a triple major in Law, Politics and German in 2007 and went on to complete a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) in 2009, both at Rhodes University. In 2010 she completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Management (PDM) at Wits Business School and in 2013, she completed a Master of Laws (LLM) in commercial law at Wits University, with distinction. In 2012 Peggy clerked for Judge Kathleen Satchwell at the High Court, Gauteng Local Division where she was tasked with doing research on a variety of cases as well as running her Judge’s chambers and court.

Peggy completed her articles of clerkship at a medium-sized commercial law firm in Sandton and was appointed as an associate in the environmental department in 2014. As an associate, Peggy worked on a number of environmental-related matters ranging from advising on environmental legal compliance, conducting environmental due diligence investigations and compiling environmental, health and safety legal registers.

Peggy joined IMBEWU in May 2017 and was appointed as a Senior Consultant in May 2019. She provides legal advice on a range of environmental issues, including inter alia civil and criminal liability, compliance and enforcement action, environmental authorisation requirements, water use licensing, waste management, contaminated land issues, compliance with the Air Quality Act, greenhouse gas reporting, mining law, protected areas, heritage resources and ISO 14001 requirements. She also conducts environmental legal due diligences, compiles appeals with respect to environmental authorisations, section 24G fines, compliance notices and directives, undertakes environmental legal compliance audits and advises on the environmental aspects of commercial agreements. Peggy further runs workshops on developments in environmental and mining law, and has run training on the NEMA EIA Regulations and Listing Notices, the Section 24G Fine Regulations, the Gauteng Environmental Management Framework Standard, various developments under the Air Quality Act including greenhouse gas reporting, carbon tax legislation, compliance with and enforcement of the Waste Act, consultation with interested and affected parties in mining applications, mine closure authorisations, the prohibition on mining in protected areas and lender liability in the environmental law context.

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Luca Maraschin

Luca Maraschin BSc LLB LLM (cum laude)

Junior Sustainability Legal Consultant – IMBEWU Sustainability Legal Specialists (Pty) Ltd

Luca Maraschin obtained a Bachelor of Science in Ecology and Geography degree (BSc) in 2013 and a Bachelor of Laws degree (LLB) (with distinction) in 2016 through the University of the Witwatersrand. He completed his Master of Law degree (LLM) (with distinction) in Environmental Law through Queen Mary University of London in 2018.

Luca worked at Massmart as an Intern in the Environmental Branch during the university school holidays in 2011, 2013 and 2014 and worked there on a full time basis from January 2017 to July 2017. His duties included environmental supplier profiling; sustainable commodity sourcing; research; drafting of legal reviews on human rights, labour and environmental law, as well environmental compliance standards and controls; the administration of a Group wide waste management compliance review; and compiling, in consultation with Warburton Attorneys, a legal opinion relating to the requirements governing the acquisition of effluent discharge permits in the retail sector. Luca left Massmart to pursue his LLM degree in London.

Luca also worked for Cullinan and Associates Inc in Cape Town as a Candidate Attorney from 1 October 2018 to 25 February 2019 where his duties included assisting senior attorneys with a number of environmental, heritage, and health and safety related legal matters.

Luca commenced work at IMBEWU Attorneys on 1 March 2019 as a Junior Sustainability Legal Consultant and assists the senior consultants with a wide range of environmental and health and safety legal matters.

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Nicole Kruger

Nicole Kruger BA LLB

Junior Sustainability Legal Consultant – IMBEWU Sustainability Legal Specialists (Pty) Ltd

Nicole Kruger obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Law (BA) in 2015 through the University of Pretoria, a Bachelor of Laws degree (LLB) in 2017 through the University of Johannesburg and is busy completing her dissertation for her LLM in Public International Law through the University of Johannesburg.

Nicole worked at the University of Johannesburg Law Clinic in 2017 where she gained experience in drafting, research and developing case strategies, consulting and advising clients. Nicole also worked for the University of Johannesburg as a Senior Tutor and Research Assistant for Banking Law and Intellectual Property in 2018.

Nicole commenced work at IMBEWU on 1 February 2019 as a Junior Sustainability Legal Consultants and assists the senior consultants with a wide range of environmental and health and safety legal matters including working on the IMBEWU SHE Legal Registers.

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Lulu Lewis

Office and Marketing Manager

Lulu Lewis holds a BA degree in Law and Psychology and has also completed a “Marketing Basics” course. She is IMBEWU’s Office and Marketing Manager.

Nomhle Ngwenya

Receptionist

Nomhle Ngwenya is the receptionist and assists with office administration.