Leishen Pillay

Leishen Pillay

Partner, Johannesburg

Email leishen.pillay@​hoganlovells.com

Phone +27 11 523 6273

Fax +27 86 206 5032


Practice groupCorporate

Leishen Pillay focuses on technology, media, telecommunications law, complex transactions, regulatory compliance, privacy, and data privacy and protection. 

An in-depth understanding of these practice areas makes him the obvious choice to provide training on practical regulatory implementations, including the Electronic Communications and Transactions Act and the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPI). 

He has acted for various national and international clients in both the public and private sector. Leishen has been interviewed on television and radio on a variety of topics and has been a guest speaker at several conferences and seminars.

Education and admissions


LLM (distinction in telecommunications law), University of the Witwatersrand, 2010

LLB cum laude, University of KwaZulu-Natal, 2005

Bar admissions and qualifications



Court admissions

South Africa (High Court)

Related Knowledge

Blockchain: Linked Ledgers

Representative experience

Acting for the SA Post Office as lead contract negotiator and sole technology legal advisor on a multi-billion rand infrastructure project with technology service providers.

Assisting Postbank in respect of the outsourcing of its networking and disaster recovery infrastructure and its compliance with the national regulator’s requirements.

Advising the City of Johannesburg in respect of its multi-billion rand broadband fibre project.

Advising Telkom in respect of regulatory, commercial and licensing matters.

Advising an international rolling stock manufacturer in respect of a multi-billion rand railway project in South Africa.

Acting on behalf of the National Credit Regulator to audit a registered credit provider's compliance with the data protection requirements to the National Credit Act.

Advising the South African Broadcasting Corporation in respect of its acquisition of mobile media transmission units for the 2010 World Cup.

Advising an international broadcaster on its possible expansion into Africa.

Latest thinking and events

Blog Post

Why Africa needs blockchain

Hogan Lovells Publications

TMT horizons 2018

Published Works

Why Africa needs blockchain Business Brief

Hogan Lovells Publications

Defining the boundaries: Retention of medical records

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