As leaders in the fields of environmental and green business law we have an enormous depth of experience and provide our clients with excellent legal services. But it's our insight, values and commitment that make us exceptional.

We understand that humanity's greatest challenge in the 21st Century is building socially just and ecologically sustainable communities. Our role is to empower the people who are shaping a better future for us all to be more effective, whether they be big or small, pioneers or polluters. If that what you are about then we want to help you succeed.

Everyone who deals with us knows where we stand and that we take our values and ethics seriously. Our commitment, purpose and dedication make a difference. It's why we are a high-impact firm, why we litigate fiercely when required, and why our opinions and advice are widely respected - even by our opponents.

So if you are just looking for a green-wash, we are not the lawyers for you. But if you take sustainability seriously and enjoy working with people who share your commitment, call us - you will be glad that you did.

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Accolades
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2015

Acquisition International named Cullinan & Associates the 2015 Environmental Law Firm of the Year - South Africa. For more information please visit http://acquisition-intl.com/

2014

Acquisition International named Cullinan & Associates the 2014 Most Socially Responsible Attorneys. For more information please visit http://acquisition-intl.com/

2014

Acquisition International named Cullinan & Associates the 2014 Environmental Law Firm of the Year. For more information please visit http://acquisition-intl.com/

2013

Acquisition International named Cullinan & Associates the 2013 Environmental Law Firm of the Year. For more information please visit http://acquisition-intl.com/

2008

The UK published book “Planet Savers” lists Cormac Cullinan as one of 301 extraordinary environmentalists in world history for his contribution to developing an Earth-centred philosophy of law

2009

Project 90x2030 names Cullinans as a 2009 “climate champion” for its pioneering efforts to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions

2010

Cullinans becomes the first law firm in South Africa to offset its carbon emissions and to publish its sustainability policy and annual report.

2010

Mail and Guardian awards Cullinans a “Greening the Future” award for innovative practices that improve business performance,

2012

Cormac Cullinan awarded the Nick Steele award for South African environmentalist of the year for his environmental activism and leadership.

Latest News
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THE WILD, WILD COAST

Assassins disguised as police officers. Violence. Intimidation. Bribery. A close-knit community torn apart by outsiders with ulterior motives. It sounds like the latest Hollywood blockbuster but it’s taking place on the idyllic Wild Coast. And it’s been going on for more than 10 years.

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Some Pros and Cons of the National Air Quality Offsets Guideline

The Air Quality Management Offset Guideline published on 18 March 2016 is aimed at providing a guide to industry, government, consultants, the general public and stakeholders regarding appropriate principles to be adhered to in assessing the need for and designing, implementing, monitoring and evaluation of air quality offsets.

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Patel wrong about De Beers Pass, N2 Wild Coast projects

Minister Ebrahim Patel in his briefing on the expansive development of infrastructure in South Africa, at a recent Employment and Infrastructure Development Cluster, is under the incorrect impression in respect of the De Beer’s Pass (National Road 3 Keeversfontein to Warden) and the proposed N2 Wild Coast Highway toll project (East London to eThekwini).

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Breaching the uMfolozi river mouth violates the rights of Nature

The use of heavy earth moving equipment by the iSimangaliso Wetland Park Management Authority to open the mouth of the uMfolozi river to the sea last week was an ecologically destructive act and wrong in the deepest sense of that word. It was almost certainly also required by law.

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COP out - Earth’s Rights neglected in favour of market driven forces

When world leaders celebrated a ‘decisive’ outcome at COP21 they were inadvertently demonstrating the utter futility of continuing to believe that we can rely on United Nations processes to prevent catastrophic climate change.

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Protection of trees in the City of Cape Town

Did you know it is illegal to cut down or chop trees on public property in Cape Town? Learn more about the City of Cape Town Metropolitan Municipality By-laws relating to trees below.

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Cullinan & Associates acts for the Harrismith Business Forum in their opposition to the construction of the De Beers Pass Route

Cullinan & Associates acts for the Harrismith Business Forum in their opposition to the construction of the De Beers Pass Route

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Mass balloon releases are illegal in South Africa

Mass balloon releases are illegal in South Africa

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Pollution Prevention Plans to be required for Greenhouse Gas Emitter following Paris Agreement

On 8 January 2016 the Minister of Environmental Affairs published draft Pollution Prevention Plan Regulations (PPP Regulations) and a notice which specify which greenhouse gas emitters must comply with the regulations, and has given the public until 7 February 2016 to comment on them.

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Great Harvests From Urban Gardens

At Cullinan & Associates, we are proud of our little vegetable garden – not only does it provide fresh, organic produce for our daily vegetarian lunches, but it also provides a place of relaxation and refreshment for our hard-working staff.

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Legal Brief Enviro: Draft amendments to Norms and Standards relating to Rhinoceros Horns

Legal Brief Enviro: Draft amendments to Norms and Standards relating to Rhinoceros Horns

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N1/N2 Winelands Toll Project

Cullinan & Associates are delighted to have successfully represented the City of Cape Town in opposing the proposed tolling of the N1 and N2 highways by SANRAL.

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Tribunal for the Rights of Nature

"We need a new, positive manifesto to enable us to create ecologically sustainable human societies on earth..."

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Wild Coast Communities Case

"We are not poor as long as we have land"

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Legal brief Environmental: SANRAL challenges AmaPondo Communities’ capacity to appoint lawyers

Legal brief Environmental: SANRAL challenges AmaPondo Communities’ capacity to appoint lawyers

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Non-detriment findings under the Biodiversity Act: Management picture bleak for 5 listed species

Non-detriment findings under the Biodiversity Act: Management picture bleak for 5 listed species

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