Our People

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Our People 2018-01-09T15:41:31+00:00

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 …
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 Company, IT, Intellectual Property and Privacy Law. She also helps promoters run legal complaint promotional competitions. She has a personal interest in drone and robot law and keeps up-to-date on the latest tech developments. Her Masters in IP investigated whether open source biotechnology was a possible alternative for developing countries. 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 …
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 …
Olivia Smith
Olivia SmithCandidate Attorney
Olivia is a competent and skilled attorney. She is a intellectual property whizz and does trademark registrations for clients. Olivia has a sharp eye for identifying possible risks and infringements to brands. Olivia registers new companies and drafts agreements for clients to comply with the new Companies Act. She also advises companies on corporate governance and compliance. Read more …
Emma Smith
Emma SmithCandidate Attorney
Emma took the long way round to law and started out by qualifying as a zoologist, however she soon found her true calling in the legal profession and has never looked back. Her scientific background means she approaches any legal problem with meticulous and systematic thinking. This enables her to find succinct, appropriate and bespoke legal solutions.Read more …
Sicelo Kula
Sicelo Kula Candidate Attorney
Sicelo approaches legal problems with a keen interest in applying the law and providing simplified and practical solutions. He combines his legal training and experience as a novelist to deliver well-reasoned and creative approaches to problems. His experience as a motivational speaker also allows him to articulate the law in a plain and understandable way. Read more …
Stephanie Marthinus
Stephanie MarthinusMarketing and 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”. This means that 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 is uniquely skilled to help organisations manage legal risks triggered by recording inaccurate information in databases. Her theoretical expertise in land and personal information systems is drawn from legal qualifications, a postgraduate language degree and her 2015 MPhil (Geomatics: Engineering and Built Environment Faculty). As a practicing attorney, notary, conveyancer, mediator and legal consultant, one of her major specialisations is data from poor or low-literate citizens. Read more …
Nicholas Hall
Nicholas HallConsultant
Nicholas Hall is an insightful attorney who gives clear meaningful advice to clients. With an undergraduate degree in Information Systems, Nicholas has a strong understanding of technology and implementation in a business environment. Nick consultants when his particular set of skills and experience is required. Read more …

Our Alumni

Lance Michalson
Lance MichalsonAttorney
Lance left Michalsons in 2013. He was a practising IT lawyer in South Africa for 17 years and was the founder of Michalsons. He is now the In-house Legal Advisor at Dimension Data, Sydney, 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.
Helen Burt
Helen Burt
Helen moved to Johannesburg in 2016.