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Gillian Niven



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Gillian Niven



Gillian is a counsel in the Global PENRI group and based in our Johannesburg office. She is a regulatory lawyer specializing in environmental law and has a wide-ranging environmental regulatory experience in investigating, assessing and advising clients predominantly in the energy, mining, oil and gas petroleum, nuclear and industrial sectors.

She has advised extensively on environmental compliance related matters and has also fulfilled the role of legal counsel at a JSE listed gas company, where she was responsible for overseeing all legal related matters including engaging with regulators reviewing, negotiating and drafting all commercial documents required for the business. Gillian has also provided regulatory advice in relation to climate change related matters including carbon capture and storage, carbon tax and climate change risk and mitigation policies. She has experience in public law and regulatory as well as sustainability law.

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Admitted as an Attorney, South Africa, June 2011


Course in Advanced Company Law, University of the Witwatersrand, 2018

LLM, University of the Witwatersrand, 2010

LLB, University of the Witwatersrand, 2008

BA, University of the Witwatersrand, 2006

Published Work:


  • Fuelling Green Hydrogen in South Africa webinar with SLR and Siemens Energy, June 2021.
  • Government sees new renewable zones helping to unlock low-carbon energy mix, EGSA (March 2021).
  • Incentivising renewable energy development moving one step closer, or two steps back - Mining Weekly (March 2021).
  • Proposed process to manage carbon budgets for the period of 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2022, Polity (October 2020).
  • Further developments to the carbon tax framework: Regulations regarding allowances and renewable energy premiums, Polity (June 2020).
  • One step at a time: IRP 2019 & the transition to a low-carbon economy, Polity (November 2019).


  • Overview of key provisions in the National Environmental Management: Waste Act". Sustainability Week - Waste Revolution Seminar & Exhibition, 2013.
  • "World Bank Report on Regulatory and Institutional Framework for the implementation of CCS in South Africa", IEA Regulatory and Planning Workshop, 2011.
  • Carbon Capture and Storage in South Africa: regulatory uncertainty or regulating uncertainty ", ELA Annual Conference, 2011.