LLM (Environmental Law) (University of KwaZulu-Natal)
LLB (University of Natal)
BA (University of Natal)
Attorney of the High Court of South Africa (with rights of appearance in the High Court)
EnAct International (director)
Environmental Law Association (member)
Member of the International Association of Impact Assessors
Sarah was admitted as an attorney in 1997. She joined Cullinans as an associate in 2005 and became a director of the firm in March 2008. Before joining the firm she practised in Durban as a litigation specialist and in London at two commercial law firms. Sarah is currently practising as a consultant to the firm.
Sarah has specialised in environmental law since 2005. Her work since then has included providing detailed opinions for clients in both the public and private sectors on all aspects of environmental law and assisting clients in all sectors with environmental compliance. She has particular expertise in waste law, regularly advising a large waste management company in South Africa on environmental legal matters since 2010.
Sarah has a thorough understanding of environmental impact assessment law, having given advice to both applicants for and interested and affected parties in numerous applications for environmental authorisations and has also acted as a specialist reviewer for the Western Cape Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning in several applications for authorisation. She has a good understanding of administrative law and has drafted administrative appeals and responses for various clients.
Building on her early experience as a litigation lawyer, Sarah has an excellent track-record in environmental litigation in the High Court. She has a particular interest in biodiversity law, and in her capacity as a director of EnAct International, has provided advice, mentoring and training to Government on various aspects of environmental law and governance.