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Water and Waste

Our experienced water and waste lawyers act for diverse clients across all legal, commercial and regulatory aspects of these essential – and growing – industries. 

Working in water and waste requires a strong understanding of sector-specific issues and risks, key technologies, international and domestic regulatory legislation, as well as commercial and investment opportunities. We bring this knowledge to bear so we can anticipate and manage client needs effectively, whatever the project: for utilities, developers, contractors, operators, procuring authorities, sponsors, funders, tech providers, consortia, governments and parastatals. 

Local insights, global outlook: our teams in 20 African countries understand the specific political, financial, regulatory and economic issues. You also have access to the global resources of an Africa team with more than 200 lawyers in key financial centers including Johannesburg, Casablanca, London, New York, Paris, Dubai, Perth, Hong Kong and Beijing. 

We understand the increasing pressure on water supplies and infrastructure, and that water scarcity is a critical issue in some parts of the continent. We have experience gained on some of the world’s largest and water projects. In addition to project development and finance, we can help with project bids, procurement, water-based mergers and acquisitions, sovereign immunity, contracting authority, environmental and other regulatory matters, commercial agreements, intellectual property (IP) and dispute resolution. 

We also cover the spectrum of waste-related activities. We can advise on construction and operating agreements, transportation, landfill, fuel supply, recyclate sale and other residue offtake agreements, environmental and planning issues, technological development and regulatory disputes. 

In both waste and water projects, we also bring longstanding international experience in PPP

Key capabilities include: 


  • sustainable bulk water sources
  • water supply facilities and pipelines
  • water treatment systems
  • desalination plants
  • water pump systems
  • dam/river hydro power schemes including dredging 


  • waste treatment projects
  • dangerous waste
  • energy-from-waste
  • mechanical biological treatment
  • autoclave
  • gasification
  • mass-burn incineration
  • anaerobic digestion facilities 

Please contact us to discuss how we can help you to achieve your objectives.