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Lesley  Morphet

Lesley Morphet

Partner Fasken
Jurisdiction South Africa, 1986
Language(s) English
Office(s) Johannesburg

Lesley is a leading competition lawyer in South Africa and co-heads the South African Competition Law practice. She advises on all aspects of competition law, including merger notifications, leniency applications, exemption applications, managing dawn raids and compliance. She has been involved in many complex merger filings as well as prohibited practice investigations, including in relation to cartel cases in the cement, tyre, automotive and banking industries, amongst others. 

Drawing on her extensive experience in this field, as well as her knowledge of the competition laws of many African countries, clients rely on Lesley’s specialised knowledge and expertise including in relation to multi-jurisdictional merger notifications in South Africa and across the African continent. She has successfully navigated highly complex and technical competition law matters across multiple African jurisdictions for international clients. 

Her extensive experience spans across a range of sectors, including mining, forestry and agro-processing, manufacturing, power and electricity, healthcare, media, liquid fuels, aviation, banking, and information technology.

Lesley has been recommended in Chambers Global, IFLR1000, Legal 500, and The International Who’s Who for competition law and antitrust.

Clients describe Lesley as “dedicated and accessible” as well as “eager to assist and knowledgeable”. In addition she is praised for “her advice is always sound. She has a good working knowledge of our company and we’ve always found her very reliable, both in terms or the advice she gives, and also in her ability to turn things around quickly and be available when needed”.

She is on the editorial board of the IBA publication Competition Law International, as well as being the South African contributing editor to the Australian Journal of Competition and Consumer Law (AJCCL) since 2013.

  • Best Lawyers, Best Lawyers 2021
  • Chambers Global, Chambers Global 2010 to 2020
  • Legal 500, Legal 500 2003 to 2019
Best Lawyers Publication name with laurels Best Lawyers Best Lawyers Recognised by Best Lawyers in the field of Competition Law
Chambers & Partners Publication name with laurels Chambers Global Chambers Global Recognised by Chambers Global for her efforts in Competition/Anti-trust Law
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  • BA, LLB University of Cape Town

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Member American Bar Association
  • Member Legal Practice Council of South Africa
  • Member South African Association of Competition Law Practitioners
Report, Author Report from Africa - Competition Law Developments in Africa Australian Journal of Competition and Consumer Law: Vol 28 Pt 3
Report, Author Report from Africa - South Africa – Collusion in the South African construction industry Australian Journal of Competition and Consumer Law Update
Report, Author Report from Africa - South Africa – COMESA: A new regional competition regime Australian Journal of Competition and Consumer Law Update
Participant International Forum on Antitrust Regulation Cambridge Forums
Speaker Due process in competition proceedings: evolving standards IBA Conference
Panelist Global Antitrust Enforcement Symposium Panellist Georgetown University


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