Rita Spalding
Rita Classen
Position: Partner
Practice: Corporate
Office: Johannesburg
Telephone: +27 11 530 5230
Email: rita.spalding@webberwentzel.com

Rita Spalding is a partner in the Corporate Practice at Webber Wentzel.

She is an expert in all aspects of mining and mineral law. She has substantial experience in structuring and negotiating commercial transactions, conducting due diligence investigations relating to mergers and acquisitions and conducting compliance audits in respect of mining companies.

Rita's expertise extends to technically specialised drafting of various agreements necessary to conduct prospecting and mining operations including preparing applications for rights; infrastructure and logistics agreements; commodity supply and offtake agreements; applications under mining and mineral law.  She has advised both local and international clients on compliance in relation to mining and mineral law as well as black economic empowerment regulations in South Africa.

She is an accomplished speaker on the topics of mining and mineral law in South Africa.  In addition, she is an admitted notary and conveyancer and is a member of the South Africa-Canada Chamber of Business Mining Working Group and the South African Women in Mining Association.

Her expertise has been recognised by various international research organisations including Chambers Global, IFLR1000, Who's Who Legal and Best Lawyers.

Rita has an LLB degree from the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

Areas of expertise
  • Mining and mineral law
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Black economic empowerment transactions
  • Due diligence investigations
  • Compliance audits in respect of mining companies and immovable properties
  • Mining logistics and commercial agreements
  • Technical aspects relevant to mining and prospecting operations
  • Land use and access agreements
  • Community affairs and land claims
  • Dispute resolution and alternative dispute resolution

Named by:


  • Chambers Global 2013 - 2018 as a ranked lawyer (Energy & Natural Resources: Mining).
  • IFLR1000 2013 - 2018 ranked as leading lawyer (Energy and infrastructure; M&A; Project development).
  • Who's Who Legal 2016 as a leading lawyer (Mining).
  • Best Lawyers 2018 (Mining Law).


Member of the:

  • South Africa-Canada Chamber of Business Mining Working Group (2010 to present).
  • South African Women in Mining Association (2010 to present).