Planning & Environment

Planning and environmental law evolve rapidly resulting in a constant shifting of goalposts for both private and public entities. Our team excels at advising, in conjunction with other lawyers within the firm, on the planning and environmental design of corporate, property and projects transactions, helping clients navigate complex compliance and regulatory issues and operate within the legal boundaries.  

In the African jurisdictions in which VdA Legal Partners operates, players are often subject to strict regulations and groups are increasingly bringing claims against parent companies. Our vast experience and local knowledge of Portuguese and French speaking African countries and Timor-Leste, positions the firm as the first choice in issues involving the environment.

We have successfully represented a myriad of clients in relation to criminal, civil and misdemeanour proceedings regarding non-compliance of planning, environmental, health and safety requirements.

Legal services

  • due diligence on the building capacity and limitations or restrictions on the use of rural and urban property
  • legal assistance to administrative procedures regarding urban projects (plot allocation, urbanization, construction, among others)
  • legal advice on regulatory matters
  • drafting, amendments to and revision of urban plans and other planning instruments (focusing on framework plans for tourism projects or equipment)
  • drafting of planning contracts and assistance to its implementation
  • legal assistance to cases of expropriation for public interest
  • legal advice to the tax legal framework on urban projects
  • legal opinions
  • arbitration in urban planning law
  • environmental due diligence procedures and assessment of the environmental compliance level of companies
  • environmental impact assessment (AIA) and other environmental assessment procedures
  • environmental and industrial licensing
  • wastes, noise, water resources, sea, air and atmospheric emissions, emissions trading and allowance auctions, forestry and agricultural resources, plant protection products and hazardous substances
  • assess environmental impact on zoning and planning
  • environmental liability, including insurances and financial guarantees
  • environmental liabilities and soil contamination
  • creation of environmental funds
  • environmental tax (levies and environmental taxes) 
  • environmental misdemeanours, contentious and pre-contentious environmental litigation 
  • real estate and touristic deals: shopping malls, retail parks, hotels and leisure and golf courses, renewables and natural resources from an environmental standspoint
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