Legal Team

KirstenKirsten Youens

Kirsten has 16 years experience in environmental litigation, conservation, remediation and pollution law as well as corporate policy and compliance auditing. She has consulted extensively, researched and provided opinions on various statutes, bylaws and ordinances, and many aspects of environmental law. She has prepared a number of ISO14001 registers, audited clients for ISO14001 compliance and assisted clients in ensuring due diligence and legal compliance.

Kirsten has advised clients regarding decisions and issues which may have present or future enviro-legal implications and provided assistance in mapping the way forward in reducing risk, solving issues and complying with the law. She has given advice on waste management specifically with regard to the safe handling, and disposal of waste; advice on water management specifically with regard to registration of water uses, licensing requirements, effluent discharge permits and water pollution; advice on development law specifically with regard to Environmental Impact Assessments, building approvals and land use approval and application for and negotiation with government departments regarding permits such as the APPA permit and Scheduled Trade permit.

Kirsten has been extensively involved in advising clients in pollution control of hazardous substances and the clean-up, public claims and other problems related thereto. She prepares opinions and reports concerning environmental legislation, as well as the implementation of requirements under the Promotion of Access to Information Act, the Protective Disclosures Act, the Promotion of Administrative Justice Act, the National Road Traffic Act and its Dangerous Goods Regulations. She has prepared and submitted comments on the environmental Bills published for public comment and presented papers on the proposed Waste Management Bill and the regulations promulgated under the National Road Traffic Act.

Kirsten obtained a Bachelor of Social Science degree, an LLB degree and Masters in Environmental Law (cum laude) all at Natal University, Durban, South Africa. She wrote her Masters thesis on Animal Rights: A Moral and Legal Discussion on the Standing of Animals in South African Law.

Kirsten completed her Articles of Clerkship in general litigation at Shepstone and Wylie Attorneys in Durban during 1999 and 2000. In December 2000 she resigned from that firm and took up a position as a Professional Assistant in Garlicke & Bousfield’s environmental department, to focus on her main interest in law and be mentored by Norman Brauteseth. When Norman Brauteseth left to open his own firm, Kirsten joined him there and after a further three years Kirsten opened her own practice and has been practising for her own account since.