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, Bologna, Rome, an International Desk in Amsterdam, and multiple Partner Law Firms around the world.
Together with her team she advises clients in the fields of ICT, cyberlaw and data security where she has considerable international experience in Banking, Insurance, Resources, Emergency Services, Defence, Education, Health, Utilities, Retail, Logistics, Personal Data Protection, Governance, and Telecommunications.
Helaine is an internationally experienced legal advisor to global companies on ICT, cyber security, personal data protection and governance. A Director of the Australian Information Security Association from 2016 to 2020, Member of the Expert Network for the Australian Government Department of Industry Innovation and Science, Member of the Law Institute of Victoria Technology and Law Committee, Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. A Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Information Systems Security Manager (CISM), Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP), and Certified Information Privacy Technologist (CIPT).
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/hybrid warfare.
Helaine regularly presents at international conferences including in Australia, China and United States and has been actively engaged in teaching and knowledge transfer for government, the private sector and academia for many years.
Together with Errol la Grange, Helaine co-founded ICT law firm, Information Legal, in 2013. 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.