Helaine Leggat

Helaine Leggat – Managing Partner ICTLC Australia

Helaine Leggat (qualified lawyer admitted to the Supreme Court of Victoria, Australia) is the founder of ICT legal, risk and advisory businesses in South Africa and Australia, and the Managing Partner of the Australia Office of ICT Legal Consulting (ICTLC), a law firm with offices in Milan, Rome, Bologna, Amsterdam, Athens, Helsinki, Madrid, Paris, Lagos, Melbourne, Nairobi and Riyadh, and with Partner law firms in 54 countries.


Helaine is an internationally experienced legal advisor to global companies. Together with her team she advises clients in the fields of ICT, cyberlaw, cybersecurity, privacy and data protection, surveillance, and corporate governance. She has considerable international experience in banking, insurance, resources, emergency services, defence, education, health, utilities, retail, logistics, personal data protection, governance, and telecommunications.


A former Director and Secretary of ISACA South Africa, Director of the Australian Information Security Association (AISA), and Co-chair of the Australian Women in Security Network (AWSN), she is currently a non-executive Director of the Critical Infrastructure Information Sharing and Analysis Centre (CI-ISAC) Australia, Distinguished Fellow of the Social Cyber Institute, and Member of the Active Cyber Defence Alliance (ACDA). Helaine is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD), Certified Information Systems Security Professional(CISSP), Certified Information Systems Security Manager (CISM), Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP), Certified Information Privacy Technologist (CIPT) and Fellow of Privacy (FIP) of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP).


Helaine is a contributing author of the book Women in the Security Profession: A Practical Guide to Career Development. (2016 – Elsevier Science Publishing. Spring 2016. Ed. Sandi J. Davies), and of numerous articles published in Australia and internationally, on the application of national legal systems to cyberspace, ethics, and information warfare.


Helaine regularly presents at international conferences including in Australia, China, United States, and Malaysia, and has been actively engaged in teaching and knowledge transfer for government, the private sector, and academia for many years. She is currently a teacher at the European Centre for Privacy and Cybersecurity (ECPC) at Maastricht University Faculty of Law.


Helaine co-founded ICT law firm, Information Legal, in 2013 after immigrating to Australia from South Africa in 2012. Information Legal is now ICTLC Australia, part of the ICTLC global network of firms.


Helaine graduated in Law at the University of South Africa in 1990, and completed the transfer of her degree to practice in Australia through the University of Sydney in 2016.