We offer full service legal advice through partnerships with specialist consultants in commercial law, technical and environmental tax law.


Lili Nupen

Director: Mining & Environmental Law

Cameron Staude

Director: Construction Law & Dispute Resolution

Sanjee Maharaj – Associate

Sanjee Maharaj is an associate at Nupen Staude de Vries Incorporated, with particular interest in construction and mining law, as well as dispute resolution.

She completed her LLB degree cum laude at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, for which she also received the Phatshoane Henny Group Honours medal. She also received the Dean’s Commendation in all four years of her studies. Sanjee was a candidate attorney at Adams & Adams Attorneys.


Nicole Limberis-Ritchie – Senior Associate

Nicole Limberis-Ritchie is an environmental law expert with experience in the public, civil society and private sectors. Her work spans the suite of environmental and mining legislation and includes air quality, water, biodiversity, coastal management, energy, mining, oil and gas, protected areas and waste management.

In her career to date, Nicole has worked at the erstwhile Department of Environmental Affairs in the South African Government, at Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs in the United Kingdom and most recently at the Centre for Environmental Rights. She has strengthened relationships with the National Departments of Environmental Affairs, Forestry and Fisheries and the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy, Provincial Departments and agencies responsible for environmental issues, as well as local authority counterparts.


Emlyn Pillay – Candidate Attorney

Emlyn Pillay is a candidate attorney at Nupen Staude de Vries Incorporated, with a particular interest in environmental, mining and construction law.

He completed his BCom Degree with Law and LLB at the University of Johannesburg, and has substantial experience in engaging with the public sector. Emlyn also has experience in dispute adjudication and High Court litigation in mining and environmental cases.


Carmen de Villiers – Consultant

Carmen de Villiers has extensive experience in the corporate and banking & finance law space. She started her career at Webber Wentzel where she was a member of the Banking & Finance Team. She was later appointed as a director at Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr. Carmen then headed up the legal team at Transcend Capital, where she advised clients on the legal aspects of their B-BBEE transactions.

Carmen has been involved in both local and cross-border finance transactions, B-BBEE transactions, the corporate aspects of mining transactions and general corporate and commercial transactions.


Sonia de Vries (1967 – 2019)

In memoriam, Sonia de Vries was a founding director of Nupen Staude de Vries Incorporated.

She had significant experience as a dispute resolution attorney, and applied her pragmatic approach and strategic thinking to each client’s best advantage. Sonia specialised in construction, mining and corporate commercial law, was previously a director at Knowles Husain Lindsay Inc, Webber Wentzel, Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr, Baker McKenzie (SA) and Malan Scholes Attorneys. We continue to honour Sonia’s memory as she was an invaluable asset to the firm and her clients.