Agricultural Sector

Our team provides practical and commercial advice to our clients, which include farming operations, agricultural representative organisations, agricultural service companies and agribusiness companies; to help them achieve their business objectives, protect existing interests and maximise opportunities.

Agricultural

Our services spread across the following practice areas:

Corporate & Commercial

Our Corporate & Commercial practice specialises in corporate law, corporate governance and mergers and acquisitions, and provides general commercial law related services and advice. Our clients reap the benefit of working with leading corporate and commercial law specialists who have advised a number of multinational and local companies on establishing and building their presence in the South African agricultural market, and who have long-standing relationships with clients in the agri sector.

Competition Law

Our Competition practice is experienced in advising clients on all competition law issues, including prohibited practice litigation, general compliance, corporate leniency, exemption applications and merger notifications.

Environmental Law

Our Environmental practice specialises in a wide range of environmental, energy, land use, water rights, mining rights, administrative and regulatory issues.

Employment Law

Our Employment practice has extensive experience in all aspects of employment law, including drafting contracts of employment and employee policies and procedures, advising on restructuring and retrenchments, advising on the employment law implications of the transfer of a business as a going concern, and conducting due diligence exercises from an employment law perspective.

Real Estate

Our Real Estate practice has assisted in a full range of land matters ranging from conveyancing to funding and opinion assistance. Our Real Estate specialists advise on every component of a property transaction, including commercial and private or residential real estate acquisitions and disposals, property finance, leasing, management and disputes, structuring, restructuring, and environmental and permit matters.

Tax & Exchange Control

Our Tax & Exchange Control practice specialises in giving tax and exchange control advice on a wide range of matters that are regulated by South Africa’s extensive tax legislation framework, such as the income tax and VAT legislation, as well as South Africa’s exchange control legislation. The matters we advise on include corporate restructurings, mergers and acquisitions, cross-border transactions, financing transactions, utilisation of tax allowances available to taxpayers, the settlement of disputes with SARS and engaging with the South African Reserve Bank and Authorised Dealers to obtain exchange control approval for transactions. Our clients have the benefit of working with leading Tax & Exchange Control specialists who have advised a number of companies operating in the agricultural sector about structuring their affairs in the most efficient manner, while ensuring that they comply with the applicable legal framework.

Dispute Resolution

Our Dispute Resolution practice has assisted in some of the most sensitive and complex cases and provides an approach that is pragmatic, commercially focused and solution based. Our Dispute Resolution practice partners with clients to identify and execute the most advantageous solutions, either by pursuing or defending arbitration or litigation proceedings, or through alternative dispute resolution mechanisms.

Ranked Practitioners

  • Best Lawyers International 2015–2016 listed Roy Barendse for arbitration and mediation.

  • Emil Brincker is the National Practice Head of the Tax & Exchange Control team. Chambers Global 2003–2019 has consistently ranked him in Band 1 for tax. The Legal 500 EMEA 2017–2018 recommended Emil as a leading individual for tax. The Legal 500 EMEA 2016 recommended him for tax, and from 2012–2015, The Legal 500 EMEA recommended him as a leading individual for tax and named him Lawyer of the Year for tax. Best Lawyers International 2008–2019 listed Emil for tax law and in 2017 listed him as Lawyer of the Year for tax law. IFLR1000 2012 recommended him for tax. Emil was identified as a leading lawyer by Who’s Who Legal: Corporate Tax – Advisory and Who’s Who Legal: Corporate Tax – Controversy for 2017. He was also identified in The International Who’s Who of Corporate Tax Lawyers 2013 and The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers 2014. ILO Client Choice Awards 2010–2013 named Emil as the exclusive winner of the corporate tax category in South Africa. The Tax Directors Handbook 2012 listed him among the top 250 lawyers in the world.

  • Chambers Global 2017–2019 ranked Sandra Gore in Band 3 for environment. The Legal 500 EMEA 2017 recommended her for mining. Sandra was identified in The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers 2015, 2017 for environmental law.

  • Best Lawyers International 2018-2019 listed Allan Hannie for corporate law.

  • Chambers Global 2014–2019 ranked Andries le Grange in Band 4 for competition/antitrust. The Legal 500 EMEA 2014–2018 recommended him for competition.

  • Chambers Global 2017–2019 ranked Gillian Lumb in Band 4 for employment. The Legal 500 EMEA 2012–2014 and 2017–2018 recommended her for employment. Best Lawyers International 2018-2019 listed Gillian Lumb for labour and employment law. 

    The IFLR1000 2019 recommended Susan Meyer as a notable practitioner in Competition.

  • The Legal 500 EMEA 2012 recommended Jo Neser for commercial, corporate/M&A. Best Lawyers International 2010–2019 listed him for corporate law and mergers and acquisitions law. Jo was identified as a leading lawyer by Who’s Who Legal: Franchise for 2017. He was identified as a leading lawyer by The International Who’s Who of Franchise Lawyers 2013-2017 and The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers 2014.

  • Chambers Global 2014–2019 ranked Hugo Pienaar in Band 2 for employment. The Legal 500 EMEA 2014–2018 recommended him for employment. Best Lawyers International 2018-2019 listed Hugo for labour and employment law. He was named as the exclusive South African winner of the ILO Client Choice Awards 2017 and 2019 in the employment & benefits category.

  • Best Lawyers International 2015–2019 listed Quintin Honey for corporate law.

  • Chambers Global 2011–2019 ranked Johan Latsky in Band 3 for corporate/M&A. Chambers Global 2012–2018 ranked him in Band 1 for capital markets: equity. The Legal 500 EMEA 2012–2018 recommended Johan for commercial, corporate/M&A. Best Lawyers International 2009–2019 listed him for corporate law and mergers and acquisitions law. Who’s Who Legal 2012–2013 identified Johan as a leading lawyer for corporate/M&A. ILO Client Choice Awards 2014 named him as the exclusive winner of the M&A category in South Africa.

  • The Legal 500 EMEA 2018 recommended Verushca Pillay for commercial, corporate/M&A. Best Lawyers International 2018 listed her for corporate law. IFLR1000 2018 and 2019 recommended Verushca as a notable practitioner.

  • The Legal 500 EMEA 2014 recommended Richard Marcus for dispute resolution. Best Lawyers International 2015–2019 listed him for litigation. He was also listed in 2018 for insolvency and reorganisation law. Richard was named as the exclusive South African winner of the ILO Client Choice Awards 2018 in the insolvency & restructuring category.