Ian is a practicing attorney with over thirty years' post-admission experience in the areas of competition, consumer and commercial regulatory law as well as corporate, commercial and other business-related law. His expertise and experience includes data protection and processing, mergers, acquisitions and sales of business, competition law, economic regulation (including international trade, data protection, life sciences, food and beverage and consumer law), commercial exploitation of intellectual property, franchising and licensing. He is recognised as one of the leading practitioners in South Africa in the field of franchise law, and has served as an executive committee member of the franchise association of South Africa for several years, and as its chairman in 2014/15. Ian enjoys working with entrepreneurs and innovators and finds the problem-solving aspects of legal practice especially fulfilling.


  • Advised a Swiss-based pharmaceuticals company on the acquisition of a diversified pharmaceuticals and medical devices group in South Africa

  • Advised a multinational generic pharmaceutical manufacturer and distributor on the acquisition of a manufacturing facility in South Africa

  • Audited all of the supplier and customer contracts of a global media company for compliance with data protection legislation

  • Advised numerous franchising companies, in various industries, including engineering, quick service restaurants, fuel and education, on compliance with the Consumer Protection Act and regulations


  • BA LLB, University of Witwatersrand (1983)

  • University of South Africa and World Intellectual Property Organisation Certificates in Essential Trademark Law and Essential Copyright Law, University of South Africa (2001)


  • Executive Committee Member of the Franchise Association of South Africa since 2011

  • Chairman of the Franchise Association of South Africa, 2014-2015

  • Listed in international “Who’s Who of Franchise Lawyers” in the 2012 – 2019 editions

  • Commissioner of the Small Claims Court since 1997

  • Mentor and panellist for Endeavor South Africa

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