Lee Swales

Lee Swales


LLB (UKZN), LLM (WITS), PhD candidate (UCT)

Lee is an admitted attorney and law lecturer at the School of Law, University of KwaZulu-Natal. He holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree from the University of KwaZulu-Natal and a Master of Laws (LLM) from University of the Witwatersrand. He is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Cape Town where he is pursuing doctoral studies in electronic evidence and e-commerce. He is admitted as an attorney in the High Court of South Africa (2009) and is a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer.

Lee completed his articles of clerkship at Webber Wentzel at the end of 2008, and was duly admitted as an attorney in 2009. During this time, he also served a secondment at one of the largest listed entities in South Africa as a legal advisor.

Lee specialises in commercial contract drafting, regulatory advice, policy work in the information communication and technology environment, defamation disputes; and all aspects of information technology law and electronic evidence. Before studying law, Lee was a systems engineer at Heathrow Airport for British Airports Authority and he seeks to infuse his passions of law and IT.

In addition to lecturing cyber-law, contract and advanced contract at UKZN, Lee also facilitates lectures for the South African Judicial Education Institute on cyber-crime and electronic evidence (aimed at Regional Court Magistrates and some Judges).


• Registered for a PhD in electronic communications and evidence (UCT)
• Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE)

Professional Memberships:

• Law Society of KwaZulu-Natal, previously – Law Society of the Northern Provinces
• Member of the e-law committee of the Law Society of South Africa


• Swales L “The regulation of electronic signatures: time for review and amendment” (2015) 15 (2) South African Law Journal 259.
• Swales L ‘Protection of personal information: South Africa’s answer to the global phenomenon in the context of unsolicited electronic messages (spam)’ (2016) South African Mercantile Law Journal 28(1) 49.
• Bellengere A and Swales L ‘Can Facebook ever be a substitute for the real thing? A review of CMC Woodworking Machinery (Pty) Ltd v Pieter Odendaal Kitchens 2012 (5) SA 604 (KZD)’ (2016) Stellenbosch Law Review 27(3) 454.

Contributions to the profession:

• Lecture LEAD courses for candidate attorneys on behalf of the Law Society of South Africa.
• Participated in the integration of IT law into the LLB curriculum.
• Assisted in the pilot project rolling out advanced electronic signatures to attorneys in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal.
• Provide assistance to the electronic law committee of the law society of KwaZulu-Natal.
• Provide ad hoc lecturing on cyber-crime and electronic commerce to the Judicial Education Institute of South Africa.


Ground Floor, Robert House
5 Nollsworth Crescent
Nollsworth Park
La Lucia Office Estate
Durban, KwaZulu-Natal

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