Yana van Leeve

Yana van Leeve

Senior Associate

Yana van Leeve is a Senior Associate in our Dispute Resolution practice. Yana operates primarily in the Public Law Sector, focusing on constitutional, administrative and regulatory law. She has also gained experience in dealing with the interaction between corporate and commercial law, on the one hand, and public law, on the other.

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Yana commenced her career in constitutional litigation at the renowned Legal Resources Centre, founded by Chief Justice Arthur Chaskalson. She later specialised in education law and policy and currently serves on the National Council of Equal Education. Following a year of clerking at the Constitutional Court for Justice Edwin Cameron, Yana joined Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr as an Associate in 2016 and was promoted to Senior Associate in 2018.

Public Sector: Administrative, Regulatory Constitutional Law

  • Advising in relation to the PFMA, the MFMA and the associated regulatory frameworks (including procurement, delegations of authority and supply chain management issues);
  • Advising departments, municipality's, public and private entities on contractual relationships with service providers;
  • Advising private entities on interactions and relations with government departments and public entities and operating within highly regulated industries (including advice on contractual interpretation);
  • Advising electronic communications licensees on access issues under the Electronic Communications Act;
  • Advising private sector entities on human settlement development, planning, public financing and approvals;
  • Advising financial institutions on credit risks involving public procurement;
  • Advising public entities on the VAT Act;
  • Advising on institutional arrangements for public private partnerships;
  • Drafting submissions on proposed legislation;
  • Drafting and reviewing public policies and local government by-laws;
  • Drafting and advising on administrative appeals under the Mineral and Petroleum Resources and Development Act, 2002;
  • Applying for, and defending against applications for, access to information under the PAIA;
  • Corporate Investigations.


  • Initiating and opposing judicial reviews and other applications in the defence, development / planning, gambling, health, local government, mining, education, electronic communication and transport sectors.


  • Drafting advisory opinions on employers obligations under South African Labour Law
  • Chairing disciplinary hearings in relation to employment processes


  • BSocSci, University of Cape Town
  • LLB, University of Western Cape
  • Year of admission as an attorney: 2013


  • Administrative Justice Association of South Africa.