Leslie Downie

Membership Number: SAF03369

Contact Details

Province:Western Cape
Country:South Africa

Profession Details

Speciality:Legal, Academic, Fiction
Profession:Writer, Editor, Proofreader, Project Manager


QUALIFICATIONS:  BA (Law and Languages), HONS (English), LLB, MPhil

MEDIATING CREATIVE DISPUTES:  I am an accredited mediator and mediate disputes between authors, publishers and other media stakeholders.  

LEGAL EDUCATIONAL:  I am a practising lawyer, and like to edit academic legal writing to keep myself up to date with new research.  I wrote and project-managed an English/Xhosa 11 hour audio series How to Buy and Sell a Township House under my trademark BLISS:Business Law Informal Sector Solutions.  It is also held by some university libraries in South Africa.

ACADEMIC: I wrote the Juta legal textbook Pro Poor Legal Practice.  To read more about the book or to order it see https://juta.co.za/products/pro-poor-legal-practice-household-rights-and-subsidised-housing-in-south-africa/.  I have also written a number of peer-reviewed and non peer-reviewed academic papers, one of which was awarded the best international article for July in 2016.

FICTION: I occasionally edit fiction, if the subject appeals to me, for the joy of it.  I project-managed, edited and self-published a collaborative murder mystery with seven authors, with notes on collaborative writing techniques.  It is held by 7 University libraries in the  USA and South Africa.  To read more about the book or to order it see https://www.thebookcollector.co.za/shop/fiction/dead-letter-a-ms-abercrombie-mystery-signed-by-the-authors/  


MEDIATION OF DISPUTES OVER WRITING:   In the past I worked with the independent press on defamation actions.  I now act as a mediator to resolve disputes between authors, sources, the people written about, editors, publishers and other media stakeholders. I am on the Mediation in Motion panel, see https://mediationinmotion.com/mediators/profile/0/44  I offer email or facetime mediations at a considerably cheaper rate if I am contacted through my SAFREA profile.

ACADEMIC EDITING AND PROOFREADING: I am an admitted attorney with Michalsons Attorneys. I take on academic editing and/or proofreading when if feel that a close reading of the research will extend me.  My MPhil brought together the disciplines of English literature, law and geomatics. My thesis was awarded with distinction in 2015.  

FICTION AND NON-FICTION SOFT EDITING AND PROOFREADING:  I do soft editing of fiction and non-fiction.  I only undertake proofreading if I feel I will enjoy reading the material and an excerpt of the writing shows the author is a kindred spirit.  

COLLABORATIVE WRITING:  I project-manage collaborative writing initiatives, using my mediation skills to manage different approaches.


SAFREA is a Registered Non-Profit Organisation (NPO 114-297).
PBO 930049795