Neil Kirby

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Director, Head of Healthcare & Life Sciences practice

Location: Johannesburg

Tel: +27 11 535 8198

Fax: +27 11 535 8698



Director Neil Kirby is Head of Healthcare & Life Sciences and has been practicing in healthcare regulatory law for 20 years. He advises in the Healthcare & Life Sciences; Dispute Resolution; Data Privacy; Land Reform Restitution & Tenure; and Mining, Environmental & Resources practice areas. His specialisations extending to consumer protection law; privacy and the protection of personal information; and environmental law. Neil advises the South African private healthcare sector extensively on all matters pertaining to healthcare regulatory law. Recognised both domestically and internationally as a regulatory expert in healthcare and related laws, Neil also advises on matters concerning the Consumer Protection Act No. 68 of 2008; the Protection of Personal Information Act No. 4 of 2013; and the Promotion of Access to Information Act No. 2 of 2000.

  • Data Protection and Privacy
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Healthcare & Life Sciences
  • Land Reform Restitution & Tenure
  • Mining, Environmental & Resources
  • Healthcare law
  • Constitutional law
  • Environmental law
  • Consumer protection law
  • Protection of Personal Information law


  • Administrative law
  • Aviation law
  • Building & Construction law
  • Due diligence investigations
  • Restitution of land rights and land claims
  • Provisions of the Promotion of Access to Information Act and the Promotion of Administrative Justice Act
  • Compliance with healthcare legislation including the National Health Act and the Medicines & Related Substances Act
  • Compliance with the National Environmental Management Act, and in particular implications for the mining industry
  • Consumer law, and in particular, the Consumer Protection Act and related legislation


  • BA LLB and LLM (University of the Witwatersrand)
  • Certificate in Environmental Law (University of the Witwatersrand)
  • 2000: Director, Werksmans
  • Head of the Healthcare & Life Sciences practice area


  • Member of the Council of the Legal Practice Division of the International Bar Association 2017 to date 
  • Chair of the Corporate Social Responsibility Committee of the International Bar Association 2014 - 2016
  • Named as leading lawyer in the field of ‘Life Sciences - Regulatory’ by Who’s Who Legal 2015 - 2017
  • Chair of the Healthcare & Life Sciences Law Committee of the International Bar Association 2008-2012
  • Co-chair of the Healthcare & Life Sciences Law Committee of the International Bar Association 2012-2013
  • Named as a leading lawyer in Dispute Resolution (2008-2016 and 2018) and in Public Law (2019) by Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business
  • Named as a recommended lawyer in Dispute Resolution as well as Healthcare cases by The Legal500 in 2018
  • Author of numerous articles in his various fields of specialisation
  • Contributing author of "Healthcare in South Africa" 2009 (4th Edition), published by Profile Media
  • Chairperson of Campaigning for Cancer NGO from 2009 to January 2016.
  • Reviews the 'Medical Schemes' title on Lexis Nexis' Forms & Precedents.
  • Co-patron of the South African Cystic Fibrosis Trust.
  • Member of the International Bar Association.