Panel Member In The Spotlight

LAUREN KOHN

BBusSci (Law, with Distinction) LLB and LLM (both Magna Cum Laude)(UCT) Current PhD Candidate (Leiden Law School, the Netherlands)


Public Law, including Administrative, Constitutional, Procurement & Regulatory Law in various sectors
Admitted as attorney in 2010
Previously at Webber Wentzel

Lauren has a BBusSci (Law, with Distinction), an LLB and LLM (both magna cum laude) from UCT. She was admitted as an attorney in 2010 after completing articles at Webber Wentzel where she continued to practice in the Public Law department as an associate. In 2012, she did her LLM (Constitutional & Administrative Law specialization) full-time on the David & Elaine Potter Fellowship and DAAD-NRF Scholarship, and has since been lecturing at the UCT Law Faculty. She is a Senior Lecturer and teaches constitutional law, administrative law and administrative justice & open governance. Lauren has published widely in these fields, as well as in environmental, public procurement and contract law. She has been awarded prizes for her research and been cited in high court judgments and by leading scholars in these areas. Lauren is also a regular commentator in the media on legal/political issues and has advised various NGOs on a pro bono basis on administrative and procurement law matters. Lauren joined Caveat in 2014.

Her experience includes advising on a wide variety of topics within the following fields: –

  • Administrative Law
  • Constitutional Law (governance and human rights issues)
  • Public Procurement Law and B-BBEE
  • Local Government Law
  • Regulatory Law in several industries (including tobacco products control; access to information and data protection; advertising standards; construction; health care, clinical trials and pharmaceuticals; water; electricity and land-based transport)

 

Most recently Lauren provided an expert Legal Opinion to a Johannesburg-based construction company on a complex procurement law issue (flowing from the new Procurement Regulations, 2017) pursuant to which the matter was settled out of court. While at Caveat, she has also advised various tech start-ups on regulatory issues in the fields of data protection, preferential procurement and unsolicited bidding, health care and transport.

Notable legal matters before joining Caveat include:-

  • Representing the City of Cape Town in a dispute concerning the valuation of the V&A Waterfront for rates purposes as at 2 July 2006. The V&A appealed against the valuation and the matter came before the Valuations Appeal Board;
  • Representing the Western Province Cricket Association in successfully challenging the 2002 valuation of the Newlands Cricket Ground before the Valuations Appeal Board;
  • Serving as legal counsel on a team of experts for Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality in an investigation into the prospects and implications of supplying potable water through the desalination of sea water;
  • Drafting the Angolan and Namibian tobacco products control legislation and numerous expert Opinions on tobacco products control;
  • Drafting various Opinions in the run-up to the implementation of the MyCiti Bus Rapid Transit System (BRT); and
  • Representing various small factory owners in Newcastle, KwaZulu-Natal in bringing a judicial review application challenging, amongst other things, the decision of the Minister of Labour to extend the National Main Collective Agreement in the Clothing Manufacturing Industry (which imposes a minimum wage) on various administrative law and legality review grounds.