Johannesburg, South Africa — MININGREVIEW.COM — 29 January 2010 – The Leppan Beech Incorporated(LBI) multi-disciplinary mining team will be joining the Webber Wentzel operation on 1 March 2010 in a move that will create one of the largest and most experienced mining legal teams in South Africa.
Webber Wentzel senior partner David Lancaster commented: “We are delighted to team up with the highly respected and accomplished team from Leppan Beech Inc. The range of skills in the LBI mining team supplements those we currently have, and will enable our combined mining team to offer a full service range of expert legal advice. Current and future clients will greatly benefit from our joint know-how and vast experience,” he added.
Since its formation 12 years ago, LBI has established itself in the market as a specialist mining law firm, acting for leading South African and international mining companies, including Anglo American, Anglo Plats, Anglo Coal, BHP Billiton, Sasol, Total, Lonmin, Impala Platinum and Xstrata.
Senior partner and joint founder of LBI Warren Beech said he was excited by the move and expected the combined teams to provided great synergy. “The teams will dovetail very well – not only in terms of expertise but also with respect to clients that we service. Together we will offer the most complete mining legal team in South Africa and arguably, Africa,” he claimed.
LBI also acts on behalf of a number of large contracting companies which provide services to the mining industry such as Murray & Roberts, Grinaker LTA and Stefanutti Stocks.
The company’s areas of mining expertise include mining and minerals, commercial, health and safety, and environmental aspects of the business of mining.
Webber Wentzel’s major mining and energy clients include De Beers, Assore, Sasol, PetroSA, Anglo American, Eskom, Vale, Xstrata, Impala Platinum and Kumba.