Hugh Lane

Hugh Lane


Hugh Lane studied at the University of Natal, where he obtained the Degree of Bacchalaureus Procurationis in 1974. He went on and completed the Constitutional Law Programme (1994) through the University of Witwatersrand and degree courses on Taxation, Competition Law, Employment Law, Mineral & Mining Law, International Trade and Business Law, and Accounting. a B Proc at the University of South Africa in 1987.

He started his career in 1973 as part-time teacher of English, Latin and Geography at Cowan House School, Hilton, Natal. He served legal articles with F H Lowe & Co and CCC Raulstone & Geyser, Attorneys of Pietermaritzburg in November 1973 until May 1976. He was admitted as an Attorney of the Supreme Court of South Africa (Natal Provincial Division) in May 1976.

Hugh’s legal professional experience includes:

  1. Negotiating and drafting diverse commercial contracts, including sales of shares; business acquisitions and disposals; sales and leases of movable and immovable property; international sales of goods; shipping; engineering and construction’ research and development; timber leases; road, dam, pipeline and electricity servitudes; supplies of timber, waste paper, raw materials, chemicals, water, electricity, coal and fuel; prospecting, and mining; timber harvesting; warehousing; road transportation; commercial agency and distributorships; development, purchase and licensing of computer hardware and software; sanitary landfill sites; waste treatment and disposal; air charters; employment; security documentation (including acknowledgements of debt, suretyships, mortgage and notarial bonds);
  2. Registration, assignment and licensing of intellectual property
  3. Formulating and revising standard trading conditions
  4. Liaising and negotiating with state authorities and officials
  5. Negotiating commercial insurance claims
  6. Representing clients facing criminal charges and involved in engineering and matrimonial disputes; drafting court pleadings and conducting civil trials and High Court applications
  7. Company secretarial functions
  8. Drafting wills
  9. Winding up deceased estates
  10. Collecting debts
  11. Giving ‘in-house’ lectures on legal topics


John Hudson, Berg & Co of Durban: 1977-1979

  • Employed as an attorney in the Litigation, collections, Commercial and Estates fields

Damelin Management School, Durban: 1978

  • Part-time lecturer in Commercial Law

Transvaal Provincial Division of the Supreme Court of South Africa: 1988

  • Enrolled as an Attorney

E F K Tucker Inc. Attorneys of Johannesburg: 1980

  • Employed as an Attorney in their Litigation and Commercial Departments

Darling & Hodgson Group of Companies: 1980-1987

  • Legal Adviser

Malbak Group of Companies: 1987 -1989

  • Legal Adviser

Sappi Southern Africa & Sappi Fine Paper Europe: 1988-2001

  • Legal Adviser, Senior Legal Adviser & Acting Legal Adviser

University of Johannesburg (formerly RAU): 1985-1989

  • Part-time lecturer on Road Transportation Contracts

Wits Business School Business Project Management Program for the SA Civil Aviation Authority: 2005

  • Presented Module on Commercial Procurement Contracts

HKA Global (formerly Binnington Copeland & Associates) & HKA VP JV: Since 2010 – Present

  • Presenting seminars on engineering and construction contracts, professional negligence and related liability management


  • Member of the Association of Legal Advisers (ALASA) Executive Committee
  • Honorary member of its successor, the Corporate Council Association of South Africa (CCASA)
  • Member of the Licensing Executives Society (LES)
  • Member of the SA Chamber of Business (SACOB) Legislation, Intellectual Property and Energy and Water Affairs Committees