Preeta Bhagattjee

Preeta Bhagattjee

Director, Practice Head, Sector Head

Preeta Bhagattjee is Director, Head of our Technology, Media & Telecommunications practice, and the Technology & Communications sector. She has assisted numerous major clients, both within the ICT sector and as customers of ICT services and in both the public and private sector, on technology and communications law, outsourcing and service level agreements, e-commerce law, intellectual property and data protection and privacy issues.

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Preeta began her career in 1997 as a Candidate Attorney at Cliffe Dekker and Todd (now Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr). In 1999 Preeta was appointed as an Associate and Senior Associate in 2000. In 2001 she became a Director.

  • Advised various major clients on their cloud services requirements.
  • Advised various clients on their digital and mobile legal strategies and advising on their legal requirements relating to implementation of their digital and innovation strategies into specific products, mobile applications etc.
  • Advisor to various financial institutions on their outsourcing services requirements including on a number of large-scale telecommunications and networking outsourcing agreements and data base lease and colocation arrangements for large corporate clients.
  • Advised on numerous complex technology procurement, licensing and intellectual property transactions, including with local and offshore components.
  • Advised various local, pan-African and international clients on their data protection requirements and advising on privacy law implications.
  • Advised a number of technology service providers on major outsourcing and technology deals with South African customers.
  • Advised various major banks on various aspects of and negotiation on highly complex technology deals, including with international technology service providers.
  • Advised a number of clients on their electronic signature solutions and strategy and on converting their environment into a paperless one.
  • Advising numerous clients on their specific online and mobile ecommerce platform arrangements, related electronic contracting solutions and data protection and other compliance requirements in relation to these arrangements.
  • Advised various clients on legal compliance, including on electronic communications, electronic commerce, data and cyber security, internet banking, data protection and privacy issues.
  • Advised a number of clients on various aspects of compliance with the provisions of the Electronic Communications and Transactions Act.
  • Was previously appointed by the Communications Minister to the nine-member board of the .za Domain Name Authority.

Market Recognition

  • Chambers Fintech 2020-2023 ranked Preeta in Band 2. 
  • Chambers Global 2019 Fintech Legal Guide ranks Preeta in Band 2.
  • Chambers Global 2011-2023 ranked Preeta in Band 1: IT & Telecommunications


  • Preeta has contributed a chapter on South African law to the publication Cybercrime and Security, edited by Professor Pauline Reich and published by Oxford University Press. Dissertation (LLM): The Banker's Duty of Confidentiality to its Customers (2004).


  • BA LLB, University of the Witwatersrand
  • LLM, University of South Africa (UNISA)
  • LLM, University of Johannesburg
  • Year of admission as an attorney: 1999
  • Registered with the Legal Practice Council
Is POPIA doing enough to protect women from gender discrimination
17 August 2021 Technology & Communications

Is POPIA doing enough to protect women from gender discrimination

Preeta Bhagattjee, Director and head of our Technology & Communications sector, joined Channel Africa to turn the spotlight on women’s data rights, and whether POPIA is doing enough to protect women from gender discrimination. Preeta discusses “algorithmic profiling”, and whether the current legal tools are sufficient to address gender-based profiling, targeted marketing and tracking.

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