Fiona Leppan

Fiona Leppan


Fiona Leppan is a Director in our Employment practice. She has extensive experience in the field of employee relations both from a litigation perspective and in terms of strategic planning. Training and development in this field has been a focal point. Fiona has actively trained clients on how to deal with internal disputes and to conduct enquiries and arbitrations. She has also established entire dispute resolution processes for a number of mining houses where disputes were dealt with by way of private conciliation and arbitration. Fiona works in various industries including mining, metals, engineering, retail, broadcasting, financial services and the commercial distributive trade. She has also been involved in occupational health and safety work.

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Fiona began her career as registrar to Mr Justice Margo in the then Supreme Court. In 1983 Fiona joined Webber Wentzel Bowens as a Candidate Attorney where she was later promoted to Partner. She subsequently joined Deneys Reitz as a Partner. In 1998, she left Deneys Reitz to establish the law firm Leppan Beech. In 2007 Fiona joined Cliffe Dekker (now Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr) as a Director.

  • Conducted many reported cases in the Land Claims, Labour Court and Labour Appeal Court.
  • Acted as an Assessor in the previous Labour Appeal Court.
  • Has sat as an Acting Judge in the Labour Court.
  • Developed Land Law as an area of expertise, inclusive of community relocations and land claims.
  • Undertaken occupational health and safety work and conducted serious incident and fatal accident inquiries.


  • Regularly writes articles for the Industry in SEIFSA News, Martin Creamer's Engineering News and Without Prejudice.
  • Chambers Global 2018 and 2019 ranked Fiona in Band 2: Employment. In 2016–2017 she was ranked in Band 3.
  • The Legal 500 EMEA 2012–2019 recommended Fiona for labour and employment.
  • She was ranked as a leading lawyer by IFLR1000 2012.
  • Fiona was identified in The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers 2014.
  • Fiona Leppan was ranked as a leading lawyer by Who’s Who Legal: Thought Leaders - Global Elite 2019. Who's Who Legal: Labour & Employment 2018 named Fiona as a leading lawyer. Who's Who Legal 2017 recommends Fiona as a leading Management Labour and Employment practitioner. Who's Who Legal - International Who's Who of Management Labour and Employment Lawyers 2011 to 2016 and International Who's Who of Business Lawyers 2014 selected Fiona as being among the world’s leading Management Labour and Employment lawyers.
  • The International Who’s Who of Management Labour and Employment 2011–2016.
  • Best Lawyers International 2018-2019 listed Fiona for labour and employment law


  • BA LLB HDip (Advanced Company Law), University of the Witwatersrand
  • Cert. (Mining and Prospecting Law) distinction, Mandela School of Law
  • LLM (with distinction), University of the Witwatersrand
  • Year of admission as an attorney: 1986
  • Enrolled with the Legal Practice Council


  • Member of the SEIFSA Industrial Relations Forum in the Metals' Industry
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