“Using law to drive sustainability transformation.”

ABOUT US

Young Earth Attorneys is a boutique law practice specialising in the areas of corporate and commercial, property, mining, environmental, and diversity (anti-discrimination) law.

We are a firm committed to the sustainability transformation. We provide facilitative legal solutions and networking services to clients interested in transitioning to more sustainable business practices or exploiting new business opportunities in the sustainability arena.

At Young Earth Attorneys we are more than just your attorneys, we are your sustainability business partners. We will assist in expanding your sustainability vision and leverage our network to introduce you to partners who can support your quest to live in greater harmony with longstanding pro-Earth principles.

“Green is not something you can buy. Green is a way of life. Treasure everything. Think permaculturally. Live sustainably in all ways.”

“Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, the provision of access to justice for all, and building effective, accountable institutions at all levels.”

Sustainable Development Goal 16

Young Earth Attorneys is a boutique law firm consolidating the legal and consulting expertise of three dynamic experts in the fields of renewable energy, property, land-use planning, mining, water, climate change and anti-discrimination.

The firm was incorporated in 2015 and was founded by attorney and Managing Director, Patrick Mayer. Joining Patrick is senior attorney Marguerite Davis and Professor Tracy-Lynn Field.

The firm is founded on three core beliefs: Treasuring the long-term sustainability of all things; Promoting diversity and inclusion as a means to resilience and sustainable development; Leveraging the power of networks.

We service individual and corporate clients in the private, governmental and non-governmental sectors. Although the firm provides services to a wide range of sectors, the objective is to focus on servicing the sustainability industry and provide quality niche legal services at highly competitive rates.

OUR TEAM

Patrick Mayer

Managing Director: Commercial and Renewable Energy

Young Earth Attorneys was founded by Patrick Mayer (our managing director). Before founding Young Earth Attorneys, Patrick served his articles at and spent the majority of his legal career at Werksmans Attorneys, a firm to which he still has strong ties. Subsequently he joined the Project Finance team at Norton Rose Fulbright and in 2015 founded Young Earth Attorneys, pursuing his vision of a niche legal practice which assists its client in the drive towards an inclusive and diverse economy that focus on sustainable growth and development, both environmentally and economical while being a responsible corporate citizen.

His areas of practice include general corporate commercial, mergers and acquisitions, project finance, renewable energy projects and co-generation projects.

Qualifications: LLB, University of Pretoria.

Interests: When Patrick is not attending to his client’s needs, Patrick is an avid Foodie, loves spending time on the family game farm in the Bushveld and enjoying Jozi’s vibrant food and music culture.

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“Failing to plan, is planning to fail. When we fail to understand that we are all part of a greater network and that everything that we do has an impact, for better or worse, on that network, then we fail to understand our role in sustaining the network that ultimately sustains us.”

Marguerite Davis

Director: Real Estate and Environmental law

Marguerite is an admitted attorney and conveyancer with more than 30 years’ experience in practice.

Before joining the Young Earth Attorneys, Marguerite was a partner at Webber Wentzel in the Real Estate Practice, where she focussed on commercial real estate transactions and the land related aspects of renewable energy projects. Before joining Webber Wentzel, she  practised for her own account under the name Marguerite Davis Attorneys and Conveyancers specialising in property and environmental law..

Her areas of practice include all aspects of residential and commercial property law including conveyancing, structuring of property transactions, commercial, residential and notarial leases; land use, planning, development and related authorisations.

Marguerite also specialises in environmental law and advises on legal risk mitigation and management relating to environmental issues, environmental authorisations and compliance,  due diligence investigations and appeals and reviews of administrative decisions. She is a sessional lecturer in Water Law in the postgraduate program at University of the Witwatersrand.

Qualifications: BA University of Cape Town, LLB University of Cape Town, LLM University of the Witwatersrand (Environmental law).

Interests: Marguerite is the proud owner of a Champion German Shepherd and when she is not dog training  or tracking with Jabari she enjoys gardening, birding and relaxing in the Bush with friends and family.

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“Some, for all, forever”

Tracy Lynn Field

Consultant: Mining, Sustainability ad Diversity law

Tracy Field is a Full Professor at the School of Law, in the Faculty of Commerce, Law and Management, at the University of the Witwatersrand. Tracy is a renowned environmental law expert who has been widely published in the field of environmental law.

Tracy gained consulting experience at Consilium Legis (Pty) Ltd in the late 1990s before joining UNISA’s Institute of Foreign and Comparative Law. She joined the Faculty of the Wits Law School in 2003 and has since expanded her teaching and research in the fields of environmental, sustainability and mining law. She has consulted to  variety of national and international non-governmental organizations and chairs the board of the Centre for Environmental Rights. She is an admitted advocate of the High Court of South Africa.

Tracy consults in the areas of mining, climate change, biodiversity, water, and anti-discrimination law.

Qualifications: BMus University of Port Elizabeth (cum laude), BProc UNISA (cum laude), LLB UNISA (cum laude), LLM UNISA (cum laude), PhD Wits, HDipEd Wits (cum laude).

Interests: When she is not working in the legal arena Tracy is a musician (cello), artist and creative writer. She is an avid Crossfit enthusiast and is no stranger to the dance floor.

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OUR SERVICES

General corporate:

• Corporate and commercial services

• Assisting clients with all aspects of mergers and acquisitions

• Assisting and advising clients on corporate restructuring

• Assisting clients with the management all aspects of legal due diligence

• Mergers and acquisitions

Diversity law services:

• Advising clients on anti-discrimination law relating to all prohibited grounds of discrimination

• Assisting with the formulation of anti-discrimination workplace policy and documentation review

• Advising clients on LGBTI+ economic empowerment

• Advising and assisting clients with workplace disputes based on discrimination

• Assisting clients with processes before the Equality Courts

Renewable Energy:

• Due Diligence review of bid submissions documentation to ensure compliance with tender requirements

• Advising clients in respect of corporate structuring for renewable energy projects

• Advising and assisting clients in respect the Project Financing elements of renewable energy projects

• Advising and assisting clients in respect of co-generation and captive renewable energy projects

Property, land use planning, development and conveyancing services:

• General conveyancing and notarial services

• Advising on commercial, industrial, residential and retail properties transactions and developments

• Negotiating and drafting related agreements

• Advising clients on compliance with local and national legislation and authorisations regarding land issues

Environmental, Mining and Water Law:

• General advice on environmental, mining and water law legislation

• Advising on the impact of legislation on property transactions in respect of commercial, industrial, residential and retail properties and developments

• Environmental permitting advice

• Internal objections and appeals

• Permitting compliance assessments

• Running environmental impact assessment processes

• Due diligence investigations

• Policy, legal and regulatory impact analysis and opinions

• Legal risk management and mitigation

CONTACT US

Patrick Mayer

E: pmayer@youngearthattorneys.com

T: 010 900 4505

M: 076 279 4098

S: patrick.mayer81

Marguerite Davis

E: mdavis@youngearthattoneys.com

T: 010 900 4882

M: 082 852 0379

S: Marguerite Davis

Tracy Field

E: shaifield56@gmail.com

T: 011 886 1064

M: 082 777 1713

S: tracy.humby

163 Mimosa Road Northcliff, Johannesburg