Our People

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Our People2019-12-03T12:06:52+02:00

Our attorneys specialise in various fields of law and provide commercially effective and practical advice.

John Giles
John GilesManaging Attorney
John delivers practical legal solutions to clients by bringing together knowledge, experience, insight, clear thinking, planning, project management, skilled resources, and efficient technology. He helps organisations grow and avoid legal problems. He is a surfer and a family man. Read more …
Mark Heyink
Mark HeyinkSenior Associate
Mark Heyink is an Information Attorney and an Information Security Consultant. He is also a director of Information Governance (Pty) Limited. His practice and consultancy are devoted to the specialised study and advice on good practice relating to electronic information, information security, privacy and existing and emerging laws which govern information. Read more …
David Luyt
David LuytAssociate
David practises law because he enjoys simplifying complex ideas into practical insights. He believes that all businesses should be able to use the law in an accessible and meaningful way to accelerate their growth. He’s a POPI professional, electronic signature expert, and online business aficionado. He facilitates interactive workshops, writes succinct opinions, and drafts beautiful documents. Read more …
Sarah Buerger
Sarah BuergerAssociate
Sarah gives her clients simple, insightful and practical advice. She helps clients with mergers and acquisitions and contract negotiations. She focusses on Data Protection, Company, IT, and Intellectual Property Law. She helps promoters run legally compliant promotional competitions. She has a personal interest in drone and robot law. Read more …
Lisa Emma-Iwuoha
Lisa Emma-Iwuoha Associate
Lisa is a capable and effective attorney and has experience dealing with clients in order to deliver exactly what they want and need. She helps organisations with practical solutions to their ICT-related issues. Read more …
Kevin Hoole
Kevin HooleAssociate
Kevin offers practical solutions to difficult problems. He is thoughtful, enjoys tackling complex questions, and is determined to find answers that are simple, effective and insightful. Read more …
Tracy Boyes
Tracy BoyesAssociate
Tracy has a passion for IT law. She enjoys giving her clients practical legal solutions in an accessible way. She has a passion for public speaking and enjoys teaching the law to an audience. She finds working at the intersection between the law and technology incredibly fascinating and loves the challenge of coming up with creative legal solutions for these ground-breaking technologies. Read more …
Sicelo Kula
Sicelo Kula Candidate Attorney
Sicelo approaches legal problems with a keen interest in applying the law to provide simplified and practical solutions. He combines his legal training and experience as a novelist to deliver well-reasoned and creative approaches to problems. His motivational speaker experience also allows him to articulate the law in a plain and understandable way. Read more …
Jesse-Lee Wrensch
Jesse-Lee WrenschCandidate Attorney
Jesse-Lee focuses on solving legal problems with simplicity and speed. He enjoys all things IT law related and is constantly seeking knowledge on the latest technological developments. Read more …
Tessa Moyle
Tessa MoyleCandidate Attorney
Tessa has a background in music, playing a variety of instruments including piano, cello and guitar. She has toured Europe in an indie-pop band and decided to study law when she realised how much she enjoyed the copyright and marketing aspects of the music business. Read more …
Samad Hoosen
Samad HoosenCandidate Attorney
Samad is a practical thinker with an interest in the dissemination and spread of ideas. He enjoys repackaging IT law to make its value accessible. He has worked as a lecturer and enjoys working with groups to develop meaningful understanding. Read more …
Stephanie Marthinus-Hans
Stephanie Marthinus-HansMarketing & Support
Stephanie has her BTech in Public Relations Management and is an experienced blogger and writer. She has worked in a variety of environments and lives by her motto – ‘If you want something you’ve never had, you must be willing to do something you’ve never done’. So she goes out of her way to deliver a great experience for Michalsons’ clients. Read more …
Graham Giles
Graham GilesSenior Associate
Graham is a practising attorney and notary public with substantial knowledge and experience acquired over nearly 50 years of legal practice as an attorney, advocate and in-house legal adviser and senior lecturer. He places a high premium on providing pre-emptive legal advice and support. Read more …
Leslie Downie
Leslie DownieSenior Associate
Leslie Downie joined Michalsons in 2016 to coordinate a groundbreaking legal specialisation for Land Information Systems Law. Leslie is uniquely skilled to help manage legal risks triggered when processing information for land in pro-poor data portals. Her theoretical expertise is drawn from postgraduate legal and language qualifications and her MPhil research (Geomatics EBE). She is on the role of legal practitioners as an attorney, notary, and conveyancer, as well as being an accredited mediator and an affiliate member of the South African Geomatics Institute. Read more …
Andrew Weeks
Andrew WeeksSenior Associate
Andrew is a practical and internationally experienced commercial attorney. He is a clear thinker and excellent communicator. He maintains a strong interest in all areas of commercial, information, communications and technology law. Read more …

Our Alumni

Lance Michalson
Lance MichalsonAttorney
Lance left Michalsons in 2013. He practised as an IT lawyer in South Africa for 17 years and founded Michalsons. He is the General Counsel of NTT Communications Cloud Infrastructure Services Inc. and lives in Australia.
Helaine Leggat
Helaine Leggat
Helaine now lives and works in Australia at Information Legal.
Mike Silber
Mike SilberAttorney
Mike is now head of legal and commercial at Liquid Telecom.
Nicholas Hall
Nicholas HallAttorney
Nicholas Hall is a non practising attorney. He is working to support the development of the gaming industry in South Africa.
Emma Smith
Emma SmithAttorney
Emma is a zoologist! She soon found her true calling in the legal profession and hasn’t looked back. Emma has recently left Michalsons to further her career in the United Kingdom.
Olivia Smith
Olivia SmithCA
Olivia focused on intellectual property and trademark registrations. She registered new companies and drafted agreements to comply with the Companies Act. She now works for Sanlam in contract drafting.