Preeta Bhagattjee

Preeta Bhagattjee


Preeta Bhagattjee is a Director in our Technology, Media & Telecommunications practice. 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 a major local bank on their cloud based client banking offering.
  • Advisor to various financial institutions on their IT outsourcing services requirements.
  • Advised a number of major state owned entities on the outsourcing of various aspects of their technology requirements, including Eskom and Transnet in respect of their combined tender relating to their respective IT outsourcing services arrangements and the disposal of their shareholding in the technology business, Arivia.kom.
  • Acted as advisor to the South African Revenue Service (SARS) on various multimillion rand technology-related tenders and outsourcing services arrangements in respect of inter alia infrastructure outsourcing, including in respect of workstation and server services, printing services, network, data, voice and Internet services and advised SARS on various IT procurement transactions and various software licensing and turnkey software development projects, including in respect of its electronic tax filing system.
  • Advised a major local bank in its dealings with international technology service providers and the legal implications of GAAP requirements in respect of software vendors.
  • Advised various local and international clients on their data protection requirements and advising on privacy law implications.
  • Advised a number of international technology service providers on major outsourcing and technology deals with South African customers.
  • Advised a major local bank on various technology deals, including with IBM, Oracle, HP, Dell, Vignette, Siemens, SAS, AT&T, Microsoft, SAP and Tibco.
  • Advised various clients on their legal requirements in respect of local and international outsourcing transactions.
  • Advised a major banking group on various aspects of its offshore business process outsourcing operations.
  • Advised various major companies on their technology, intellectual property, outsourcing, service level agreement and e-commerce- related legal requirements.
  • Advised various clients on technology and banking-related legal compliance, including data 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.
  • Advised a major bank on various outsourcing projects relating to its technology requirements and its credit card and smart card business including in respect of EMV chip card production and personalisation.
  • Appointed by the Communications Minister to the nine-member board of the .za Domain.
  • Name Authority and currently serves as the vice chairperson.

Market Recognition

  • Chambers Global 2019 Fintech Legal Guide ranks Preeta in Band 2
  • Chambers Global 2011 - 2019 ranked Preeta in Band 1: IT & Telecommunications
  • Practical Law CompanyPLC Which Lawyer? 2009 to 2011 endorsed Preeta in Outsourcing; noting that “with a customer-driven client base, her outsourcing practice tends to focus on the technology sector and IT, facilities and logistics outsourcing transactions”.
  • Expert Guides: Guide to the World's Leading Lawyers 2011 ranks Preeta highly in its Guide to the World's Leading Information Technology Women in Business Law.
  • Best Lawyers International 2011 - 2019 South Africa listed Preeta in Outsourcing and Information Technology Law.


  • 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
  • Enrolled with the Legal Practice Council