Lesley is the Chief Executive Officer of Phatshoane Henney Attornes and a Director in the Dispute Resolution Practice Group, specialising in all aspects of individual and collective employment law. He further built a niche practice of servicing various institutions of Higher Learning in the Higher Education Sector. In addition to his practice Lesley is also the Head of Business Development focusing mainly on client relationship building and the development of existing and new practice areas.
Lesley has been with the firm for the past 17 years after being selected by the Integrated Bar Project managed by the Centre for Human Rights at the University of Pretoria and placed at Phatshoane Henney Attorneys for a period of three weeks during his final year. He joined the firm as a Candidate Attorney and in the process armed himself with Masters Degrees in law, one of which was obtained cum laude from the University of the Free State where he lectured on a part-time basis for a period of fiveyears. Lesley currently serves as a Council Member on the Free State Provincial Council, Board Member of the University of the Free State Law Faculty Control and a Board Member of the UFS Law Faculty Advisory Board. He previously served on the Legal Practitioners Fund Board of Control.
He has cemented his career as one of only a few lawyers to have represented and advised various Universities (University of the Free State, University of Mpumalanga, University of Fort Hare etc) in all aspects of employment law. He standing in the legal profession has been enhanced by not only having taught law but by ensuring that he blends his practice with the substantive knowledge of the law he has gained. Some of the major cases that he was involved in commenced at the CCMA and eventually ended up in the Labour Appeal Court as well as the Constitutional Court.
Apart from his passion for employment law in the High Education Sector among others, he has provided specialised professional services to various local government Municipalities and entities which have also received attention on the employment sphere.
In addition to his practice in the Dispute Resolution Group, Lesley is also the head of the firm's Business Development Unit focusing on client relationship building and the development of new and existing practices to meet the demands of modern society. He places a high opprobrium on rendering highly specialised professional services client and proving solution driven expert services. Client satisfaction remains a criterion that he advocates to all young professionals at the firm.
The personal and professional development of Candidate Attorneys and young professionals is a calling that Lesley has fully embraced and attended to at the firm for many years. Skills transfer remains an important tool meaningfully making a difference in the solutions that we provide to clients. Assisting young professionals to hone their professional skills and ultimately becoming known experts in their fields is a contribution that he believes will benefit and contribute to the transformation of the legal profession.
LL.M (cum laude)
Attorney of the High Court of South Africa
Council Member of the Legal Practice Council Free State
Council Member of the Management Committee of the Legal Practice Council Free State
Member of the Free State University Law Faculty Board of Control
Member of the Free State Law Faculty LL.B Academic Advisory Board
Former part-time lecturer in the Mercantile Law Department at University of the Free State
Former guest lecturer for the MBA Degree at the University of the Free State
Former member of the Legal Practitioners Fidelity Fund
Lecturing & speaking engagements:
Reviewer at the University of South Africa Public Law Department
Former external moderator at the University of the Free State
Honours & awards:
Represented Vista University Bloemfontein Campus at the International Phillip Jessup Moot Court Competitions at the University of Pretoria in 2003
Selected by the Centre for Human Rights at the University of Pretoria to participate in the Integrated Bar Project during 2003