Expertise

Sports Law

The team specialises in providing legal services in all areas of sports law and offers quality legal advice based on an extensive insight in the sports industry. We have a comprehensive understanding of all the relevant legal, economic, and political aspects associated with the sports industry.


Javelin Sports Consulting offers advisory and consulting services to national and international federations, associations, unions, clubs, leagues, athletes, coaches, sponsors, media companies, broadcasters, television rights holders, marketing agencies and agents or intermediaries.


Our areas of expertise include:

  • Legal representation and consultancy in respect of litigation and dispute resolution, including contractual, transfer-related disputes and regulatory disputes;
  • Legal representation and consultancy in all assortment of disciplinary proceedings (match incidents, transfer-related matters, enforcement procedures and doping);
  • Legal representation and consultancy in ethics and disciplinary proceedings (such as preliminary and formal investigations, sanctions, and also in the context of eligibility issues and integrity checks);
  • Providing advice and party representation in governance and regulatory issues, contract negotiation and drafting of commercial agreements,
  • Providing advice and party representation in the context of third party ownership, financial fair play and admission to competitions; and
  • Drafting and amending of sports regulations and statutes.
Litigation, Mediation & Arbitration services

Javelin Sports Consulting is able to represent clients in litigation in front of national courts of all levels, in national and international arbitration, before the relevant sports bodies as well as in proceedings in front of administrative authorities.


We approach each matter with diligence and creativity, always determined to identify and protect our clients' best interests and to approach each matter in a dynamic manner exploring all possible outcomes.


Our areas of expertise include:

  • Party representation in front of national courts of all levels (Labour Courts, the Commission for Conciliation Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA), High Court, Magistrates and Regional Court);
  • Party representation in domestic and international arbitration (such as the ICC, Court of Arbitration for Sport, Tokiso, AFSA and others);
  • Party representation before the relevant decision making bodies of domestic and international sports federations and associations;
  • Party representation before relevant administrative authorities;
  • Developing and implementing dispute resolution strategies; and
  • Providing advice in both pre and post litigation matters.
LABOUR & COMMERCIAL LAW

The team has significant experience in litigating before South Africa’s national court structures, including the High Court and Labour Courts, due to its ongoing practice in litigation and arbitration in respect of labour and commercial law matters.


We are able to provide advice and assistance in respect of commercial and labour related litigation, mediation and arbitration.


We also offer such advice and assistance in respect of commercial transactions, arrangements and agreements.


Our areas of expertise include:
  • All aspects of general commercial law;
  • Drafting of statutes, articles of incorporation and internal regulations and structures;
  • Drafting and negotiation of commercial agreements (commercial and employment contracts, sales contracts, sponsorship agreements, licensing and agency agreements, services agreements as well as general terms and conditions); and
  • Providing advice and party representation in the Labour Courts, High Court, Magistrate’s and Regional Court, the Commission for Conciliation Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) and private arbitration tribunals such as Tokiso, AFSA and others.
Media & entertainment law

Javelin Sports Consulting provides a full array of legal advice in the field of media and entertainment law, including regulatory matters, dispute resolution, law on unfair competition, sponsoring, advertising, television broadcasting, media, image and intellectual property rights.


The team advises broadcasters, media companies, television rights holders, event organisers, sponsors, athletes, clubs, federations, artists, actors and composers.


Our areas of expertise include:
  • Drafting and negotiation of commercial agreements (sponsorship contracts, media and television rights agreements, host broadcasting agreements, licensing agreements, agency agreements, services agreements, general terms and conditions);
  • Providing regulatory advice and legal assistance in advertising, marketing and event organization;
  • Providing regulatory advice and legal assistance in the sectors of social media, new media and information technology (drafting of commercial agreements, regulatory advice, personality rights, and intellectual property);
  • Registration and protection of intellectual property rights and protection of personality rights; and
  • Litigation and dispute resolution in front of arbitral tribunals, national courts and relevant administrative authorities.

The Team

Jan Kemp Nel, LL.B.LL.M(Sport)

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Jan is extremely well informed regarding all aspects of national and international sports law as well as of media and entertainment law matters. He has had first hand experience in the representation of clients in front of the Court of Arbitration for Sport and other decision-making bodies of international sports federations. Jan also has significant experience in litigating in front of South Africa’s national court structures, including the High Court and Labour Courts and has been practicing in litigation and arbitration in labour and commercial law matters.

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Shane Wafer LL.B.(UP)

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Shane specialises in general drafting and legal advice in commercial and general litigation matters. Shane is equally specialised in all court regulations and processes and with this sound understanding is able to apply his knowledge to the fields of sports, media and entertainment law as well as being able to assist in the various structures and organisational bodies of the industry.

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The Firm

Javelin Sports Consulting was founded in 2017 by Jan Kemp Nel, LL.B.LL.M.(Sport), and Shane Wafer, LL.B., who are both South African trained, admitted and practising Attorneys who have shared a growing passion for sports, media and entertainment law.


Javelin Sports Consulting looks to provide first class, personalised legal advice while bringing a high quality beneficial product to its clients. All relationships established between the firm and its clients are so established with a view of maintaining long term, strategic partnerships based on trust, competence, confidentiality and high ethical standards with a solution oriented approach.


Being a boutique firm, Javelin Sports Consulting provides specialised and comprehensive legal services and advice to all stakeholders in the sports, media and entertainment industries. This includes advising federations, unions, clubs, athletes, coaches, event organisers, sponsors, broadcasters, image rights companies and also agencies and intermediaries.


The team at Javelin Sports Consulting have an extensive knowledge and insight into the legal, economic and political aspects associated with the sports, media and entertainment industries, with a particular focus on sports litigation and party representation before the relevant tribunals such as the Court of Arbitration for Sport or closer to home such as the Labour Courts and other decision making bodies of national and international sports federations.


The fresh and dynamic composition of the firm also means that the team is able to provide quality advisory services in respect of commercial and labour related litigation and arbitration.

Why Javelin Sports Consulting

Enthusiasm & passion

Knowledge & experience

Dedication & Speciality

The team shares a combined passion sports and law as and the experienced gained by the team ensures that we always maintain the highest levels of quality, dynamism and integrity in our work. We are committed to providing a unique professional service to all our clients ensuring not only that we serve the best interests of said client but also the best interests of the global sporting community and our fellow colleagues in the industry we seek to help develop and evolve.

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