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Panel Member In The Spotlight


BA (Law) LLB

Corporate Commercial Law Specialist
Admitted as attorney in 2010 (SA) and solicitor (non-practising) in 2012 (UK)
Previously at ENS

Sarah van Zyl is a dual qualified attorney and solicitor with 9 years post qualification experience, specialising in Corporate Commercial law.

Sarah has a BA (Law) LLB and was admitted as an attorney in 2010. She completed her articles and practiced at ENS Africa as an associate before moving to London where she was admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales in 2012. In London, Sarah worked in the Capital Markets division and Group Legal team of Investec Bank PLC, before moving back to South Africa and joining Caveat in 2018.

Corporate Commercial Law

Sarah has gained experience on a broad range of corporate and commercial law matters in both South Africa and the UK, including:

  • Drafting, reviewing and negotiating all types of commercial contracts, including service agreements, licence agreements, consultancy agreements, sale and purchase agreements, marketing and PR agency agreements, sponsorship agreements, website terms of use, distribution agreements, introducer and agency agreements, commercial lease agreements and non-disclosure agreements;
  • Commercial law advice and opinions;
  • Drafting, reviewing and negotiating corporate transactional agreements, including joint venture agreements, sale of shares agreements, sale of business agreements, shareholder loan agreements and board and shareholder resolutions; and
  • Providing in-house legal support, including drafting and reviewing engagement letters, assisting with contentious matters (including drafting without prejudice correspondence and settlement letters) and implementing and managing legal policies (including competition law and anti-bribery policies).


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