Leslie Downie

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Leslie Downie
Leslie DownieSenior Associate

An overview

Leslie Downie is uniquely skilled to help organisations manage legal risks triggered by recording inaccurate information in databases. Her theoretical expertise is drawn from postgraduate legal and language qualifications, MPhil research in an Engineering and Built Environment Faculty, as well as practising as an attorney, notary, conveyancer, mediator and legal consultant. Her specialisations include verification and authentication processes for land information systems, fine art and collectables, and data from poor or low-literate citizens. Leslie also offers mediation services for alternative dispute resolution relating to land, housing, art, collectables and religious entities.

University of Cape Town: Phil (Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment: Geomatics Division), 2015

Stellenbosch University: Centre of International and Comparative Labour and Social Security Law, 2000

University of South Africa: Hons in English Literature, 1991

University of Pretoria: BA LLB, 1981

  • Notarial verification and authentication processes
  • Land information systems (LIS), particularly housing related, including mainstream commercial properties, religious and social tenure and informal land tenure
  • Researcher, author, speaker and publisher
  • Background as a fine art gallerist
  • Mediation and alternative dispute resolution
  • Background in the workings of religious institutions
  • Simple language and audio material for functionally illiterate listeners
  • Training of paralegals and record keepers

Leslie loves reading, collaborative writing, conceptual art, social hiking and distance swimming, and has written a collaborative murder mystery, Dead Letter, with friends. Volunteer activities include: Christian Lawyer’s Association board member 2007 – 2008 | Learn to Earn board chairperson Hermanus (NPO) 2001 – 2003 | Harare Inner City Partnership social welfare committee 1997 – 1998 | American Field Service (AFS) exchange student Dallas, Texas

2016 – Present: Senior Associate at Michalsons

Leslie undertakes various legal activities, including:

  • Land information systems and informal land tenure data
  • Mediation of disputes over land and housing, including commercial properties, low income housing and land owned by religious and charitable entities
  • Notarial verification processes for records for fine art, celebrity memorabilia and collectables
  • Mediation of disputes between artists, dealers, investors and insurers, including disputes over attribution, consignments, deliveries and breakages
  • Protection of Personal Information (POPI) interface between hard copy and manual processes
  • Training record keepers and paralegals
  • Land tenure research
  • Data protection for disadvantaged or disempowered consumers
  • Notarial verification and authentication services, including apostilles for foreign jurisdictions
  • Data systems for protection of staff and dependents within religious institutions
  • Mediation of disputes between staff members, parishioners and religious institutions

Lectureships: UNISA (social and family law), UCT (business law)

Law firms: Burgers & Van Noordwyk, Downie Gray & Associates (Hermanus) Atherstone & Cook (Harare, Zimbabwe) Livingston, Leandy Inc (Durban)

South African Geomatics Institute (SAGI) affiliate member

Local government consulting: Overstrand Municipality consulting, Western Cape Provincial Human Settlements reference group

Pilot project associations: Overstrand Municipality, Cape Law Society, Stellenbosch University.

Local government consulting: Overstrand Municipality consulting, Western Cape Provincial Human Settlements reference group

Research: Land information systems, social tenure, urban land rights, pro-poor generic contracts, backlog title deeds

Directorship: Imibala Fine Art Gallery, (NPO associated with the Imibala Trust)

BLISS: Business Law Informal Sector Solutions: Trademark holder and audio publisher

Mediation panelist

Leslie Downie Consultancy: 2007 to date