Lawyer born in 1941 in Johannesburg and qualified and admitted to legal practice in 1967 and since then practised as an attorney, notary, advocate, online publisher, author and part-time lecturer and continues to do so.

South African Employment & Labour Relations Law.


Practising attorney and notary public




Main focus: sourcing and aggregating material and updating GilesFiles, the South African Work Law Resource.   Also contributes to books on Labour Law and lectures at Stellenbosch University.   Practising attorney and notary public with substantial knowledge and experience acquired over more than 60 years of legal practice as an attorney, advocate and in-house legal adviser.   Places a high premium on providing pre-emptive legal advice and support in Employment & Industrial Relations Law in South Africa.


Founder of GilesFiles 1981 – present (41 years)

  • Generates latest developments for practitioners that focus on the World of Work Law, including Employment Law and Industrial Relations and more recently community housing schemes including body corporate managment.
  • Manages a comprehensive database created in 1981 and aggregates cases.

Former Associate at UCT’s Institute of Development & Labour Law 2006 – 2010 (4 years)

Conducted research and lectured part-time on various courses at the University of Cape Town.

Author at LexisNexis 2003 – present (18 years)

Contributor to LexisNexis publications: Darcy Du Toit et al :

Former visiting professor at University of Johannesburg 1991 – 2020

Former visiting professor at the University of Johannesburg.   Lectured at workshops in February each year after establishing a Post-Graduate Diploma in Labour Law course together with Prof Marius Olivier in 1991.

Lectures part-time at University of Stellenbosch 2002 – present (20 years)

After having been required to “retire” as a full-time senior lecturer upon reaching the compulsory retirement age of 60 ( as it then was) continues to lecture part-time to Honours students in the Department of Industrial Psychology.

Lectured part-time at University of Cape Town 2006 – 2010 (5 years)

Lectured part-time on various courses and was an external examiner for the final year LLB students.

Lectured part-time at University of the Western Cape 2002 -2008 (6 years)

Lectured part-time on various courses from time to time, including at Masters level.

Lectured at USB -Executive Development Ltd 2004 – 2009 (6 years)

Lectured part-time on various courses, including MBA and Wine Management & Management Development Programmes.

Lectured at UCT Graduate School of Business 2002

Lectured part-time on a Management Development Programme.

Full-time senior lecturer at University of Stellenbosch 1997 – 2002 (6 years)

Lectured in Labour Law.

Director at Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr Inc (fka HHG Inc) 1998 -2002 (5 years)

Based in Stellenbosch and worked part-time from the offices of Cluver Markotter concentrating on Employment & Labour Relations Law.

Member at International Bar Association 1990 -2002 (12 years)

Joined Employment & Labour Law Committee and was elected vice-chairman.

Lectured for Association of Law Societies of SA  1984 – 2001 (17 years)

Having gained knowledge and experience as a practitioner in Employment & Labour Relations Law in South Africa conducted seminars throughout SA for attorneys who had not been able to study that branch of the law as it had not been offered as a subject.

Sole Partner at Graham Giles Inc 1989 -1998 (9 years)

Founded the firm in Durban and concentrated on Employment & Labour Law and Industrial Relations and handled a number of high profile cases in various courts.

Partner at Shepstone & Wylie 1983 -1989 (6 years)

Based in Durban and concentrated on Employment and Labour Law and became the responsible partner appearing in and briefing Counsel in a number of high profile cases in the Industrial Court, Supreme Court, Labour Appeal Court and the Supreme Court of Appeal.

Partner at Livingstone Doull & Winterton 1981 -1983 (3 years)

Based in Durban and concentrated on the new field in South Africa of Employment Law and Industrial Relations.

Independent Mediation Services of SA (IMSSA) – 1981 -1983 (3 years)

Participated in initial training courses and served on Steering Committee to establish the service in 1984 and a member of Mediation and Arbitration Panels.

Practising Advocate – 1976 -1981 (5 years)

Pietermaritzburg and Durban in KwaZulu Natal.

Partner at Bowman Gilfillan (fka Hayman Godfrey & Sanderson) 1971 -1975 (4 years)

Assistant to senior partner Charles Friedman and then partner and head of Litigation Department before moving to KwaZulu Natal to become an advocate in private practice.

Legal Adviser & Head Office Administrator at Murray & Roberts Holdings Ltd 1968 -1971 (3 years)

Based in Head Office in Johannesburg and assisted inter alia with preparation of legal contracts for the construction of the Carlton Centre Project.

Articled Clerk at Webber Wentzel 1964 -1967 (3 years)

Based in Johannesburg.   In particular created a permanent library for the firm.   After becoming the first legal firm to acquire a telex machine became the backup telex operator together with the office manager.

Learner Surveyor at Anglo American Corporation of SA Ltd 1959 -1961 (2 years)

Spent 18 months working part-time underground on gold mines at East Daggafontein and Welkom as Sampler and then Learner Surveyor whilst studying Mining Engineering at Wits University.


Wits Business School – Executive Development Programme 1969

Completed eight week course in the second year of existence of the WBS.

University of the Witwatersrand LLB 1964 -1966

Obtained LLB degree while studying part-time and working as an articled clerk (candidate attorney).

University of Stellenbosch – BA (Law) 1961 -1963

In addition to studying also played rugby, including touring with the senior team in 1963 and playing a memorable match for the first team on Coetzenburg.

Coached by Danie Craven and played with Van Zyl Slabbert, Dawie de Villiers, Hannes Marais and Jannie Englebrecht.

University of the Witwatersrand – 1959 -1960

Bursary student who did not complete studies for the degree of Mining Engineering but gained valuable knowledge and experience in mathematics, applied mathematics, chemistry, physics and mechanical engineering drawing and participated in sport, including playing rugby for Wits under 19, winning the league in both years, and Transvaal under 19 in 1960.

King Edward VII School – 1954 -1958

Head prefect and played rugby and cricket for the first team and awarded colours for athletics.

Other interests

Together with two friends (the late Daan Groeneveldt and Sarah Christie) created a website Work Science Institute of South Africa to promote the study of organisational frameworks and development, strategic planning and corporate measurement.   Enjoys reading about architectural history, collecting special wines and Africana books.  Farmed cattle and Dorper sheep part-time for nearly 7 years on the family farm, now known as “Lythwood Lodge”, at Lidgetton near Howick in KwaZulu Natal.


Born in Johannesburg in 1941.   Married in 1966 to Lynn Giles (born Frank) and have a married daughter (teacher) with two grand-children (living in London) and a married son John (practising attorney) with two grand-children (living in the Western Cape) and an unmarried son Christo (a craft potter – also living in the Western Cape).