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Lesley Morphet, Partner

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.


  • Chambers and Partners, Chambers & Partners 2021 to 2022
  • Best Lawyers, Best Lawyers 2022
  • Global Competition Review, Global Competition Review GCR 100 2021
Best Lawyers Publication name with laurels Best Lawyers Best Lawyers Recognised by Best Lawyers in the field of Competition Law
Global Competition Review Publication name with laurels Global Competition Review GCR 100 Global Competition Review 1 Oct 2021 - Recognised as a “Women in Antitrust 2021” by Global Competition Review. The publication celebrates more than 130 female private practitioners, enforcers, in-house counsel, economists and academics who deserve recognition for their standout careers.

Client Work

Date Client

Career & Education


  • 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 and Public Interest – Imperatives in Africa, and South Africa in particular Australian Journal of Competition and Consumer Law (AJCCL)
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

Speaking Engagements

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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