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Lesley Mokgoro is the Chief Executive Officer at Phatshoane Henney Attorneys, the largest law firm in Central South Africa. He is a Councillor at the Free State Legal Practice and also serves as board member of the UFS Law Faculty Board of Control.

“At all times the decisions taken by leaders must be in the best interest of the growth and sustainability of the firm even though such decisions may not be what they want or prefer at that time.” This is according to Lesley, who says that some of the highlights that stood out for him this past year is being named as the Best Law Firm in Central South Africa for the 11th consecutive year, and on a more personal note, it was the Board of Directors’ decision to elect him to serve as the Chief Executive Officer of the firm.

Lesley’s inspiration flows from seeing how their professionals are able to provide efficient and workable solutions to complex legal matters in a speedy, cost-effective and simplified manner. In addition to this, it is always great for him to soundboard with legends in the field on strategic matters, especially with legal eagles like the Chairperson of their board of Directors, former CEO Jan Berry.

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He believes that Phatshoane Henney Attorneys set standards through their specialisation and how they continuously work on enhancing how they render services to all clients. “With our diverse team in terms of race, gender and age we strike an efficient balance in terms of succession planning and taking the lead as techno-savvy lawyers. The ability to identify and source new streams of work through our attorneys’ specialisation is what will continue to set us apart from our competitors.  I dare say we do not have competitors in the Free State province, simply because we continuously set the highest standard.”

Success to him is defined as the courage to continue even in the most challenging times because “you enjoy and have a passion for what you are doing irrespective of the material gains that may or may not realise”.

The vibrant office environment where he has established solid, long-lasting professional and personal relationships is what motivates Lesley to get out of bed in the morning. “In addition, the legal challenges/scenarios that present themselves on a daily basis is what motivates one to go out and conquer.”

Lesley’s Finance Tips:

It’s vital for a firm to have proper and efficient financial controls in place to measure yourself against. Investing in marketing and IT is what has ensured the continued existence of firms as it culminates in additional income streams and contributes to financial stability. On a personal level, a diversified investment portfolio is always recommended.


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