Mining and Resources

The African continent is home to an abundance of natural resources, each with diverse applications including industrial, manufacturing, medical, energy, and infrastructure.  

While gaining increasing importance in a world fuelled by commodity consumption, the mining industry has experienced a number of challenges in recent years, including the depletion of reserves, environmental concerns, and climate change issues. Remaining competitive in this market has forced the industry to become more innovative to maximise profits. 

In this sector, our firm has a long and proud history, having served some of the world’s largest mining and resource companies, as well as their wide-ranging suppliers, for 100 years.

 

At Spoor & Fisher, our mining and resources team has extensive experience in helping clients to protect, manage and enforce their IP, whether within the primary industry of extracting and processing ore, or downstream as part of the secondary industry. 

Our patent attorneys are qualified chemical, metallurgical, mechanical, electrical, electronic and civil engineers, and are well suited to handle the diverse range of technologies that under-pin mining operations. 

We are skilled in handling all of the IP-related aspects inherent in surveying and mapping; mining and earth-moving machines and equipment; boring; drilling; blasting; extracting ore; transporting and conveying; securing and reinforcing excavations; pumping; slurry-handling equipment; ore-handling systems; beneficiation; and ventilation and water supply systems.

Meet the Team

Spoor and Fisher Team - Mining and Resources

Lodewyk Cilliers

Partner, Chairperson of Executive Committee

Spoor and Fisher Team - Mining and Resources

David Cochrane

Partner

Spoor and Fisher Team - Mining and Resources

Matthew Costard

Director

Spoor and Fisher Team - Mining and Resources

Dirk Hanekom

Partner

Spoor and Fisher Team - Mining and Resources

Mark Kemp

Partner

Spoor and Fisher Team - Mining and Resources

Margaret Le Galle

Director

Spoor and Fisher Team - Mining and Resources

Shamin Raghunandan

Partner

Spoor and Fisher Team - Mining and Resources

Kay Rickelman

Foreign Counsel

Spoor and Fisher Team - Mining and Resources

Herman van Schalkwyk

Partner

Spoor and Fisher Team - Mining and Resources

Jonathan Whittaker

Partner, Chairperson of the Partnership

Spoor and Fisher Team - Mining and Resources

Karien Postma

Senior Associate

Spoor and Fisher Team - Mining and Resources

Yogani Reddy

Senior Associate

Spoor and Fisher Team - Mining and Resources

Louw Steyn

Senior Associate

Spoor and Fisher Team - Mining and Resources

Megan Dinnie

Associate

Spoor and Fisher Team - Mining and Resources

Emily Hill

Associate

Spoor and Fisher Team - Mining and Resources

Christopher Mhangwane

Associate

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