Ian Sampson Partner, Head of Environmental & Clean Energy Law


+27 (0) 82 775 3720

+27 (0) 31 575 7205 (DBN)

+27 (0) 11 290 2540 (JHB)



BA, LLB (University of the Witwatersrand), LLM in Environmental Law (University of Pretoria)

Specialisations and Interests

Ian is a specialist environmental lawyer advising clients in both the public and private sector on a range of environmental and sustainability issues. Ian assists companies in a number of industries, including mining and resources, utilities, chemicals, steel, agriculture, automotive, waste, storage, building and transport on a range of environmental issues. Ian’s advice pertains to inter alia environmental compliance assessments, due diligence assessments, contractual issues, structured finance, environmental management systems, opinions on new and pending legislation and permit and licensing requirements.

Ian is a member of the South African Environmental Law Association, the Law Society of South Africa, the IAIA and International Bar Association.

Ian authored a chapter in the PLC Cross-Border Environmental Handbook (2006/7). He is also the author of A Legal Framework to Pollution Management in the Durban Metropolitan Area (Durban Metropolitan Council, April 2000), A Legal Framework to Pollution Management in South Africa (Water Research Commission, 2001), and is the general editor for the Guide to Environmental Auditing in South Africa (Butterworths 2000).

Ian was the winner of the 2020 Client Choice Awards for the Environmental & Climate Change catergory for South Africa and has been recognised as a thought leader by Who's Who Legal in the Thought Leaders Global Elite - Environment, 2021 edition.