Legal Advisor

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
22 Sep 2016
22 Oct 2016
Contract Type
Full Time

The Badminton World Federation (BWF) is the world governing body for the sport and has its headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

BWF has a vision of making badminton a leading global sport that is accessible to all – giving every child a chance to play for life.

Working closely with its Member Associations and the five Continental Confederations for badminton, the BWF promotes, presents, develops, and governs the sport globally.

The BWF has 185 Members who are responsible for regulating and developing badminton at a national level.

Badminton has been an Olympic Games sport since the Barcelona 1992 Olympic Games and will make its debut as a Paralympic sport at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.


BWF is looking for a dedicated and team orientated legal advisor. The legal advisor will deal with general and specific legal affairs for the BWF with a scope of work including:

  • Provision of general and specific legal advice.
  • Preparation and vetting of contracts, including employment agreements.
  • Formulation and revision of policies, codes, regulations (including event regulations) and procedures.
  • Refining practice and providing legal support as required for hearings, appeals and other judicial processes.
  • Advice on the integrity of sport and the anti-doping / anti-match fixing programmes.
  • Supporting the enhancement of good governance practice across the BWF.
  • Intellectual property rights.
  • Data protection and privacy.
  • Vetting of commercial and event hosting agreements.
  • Tender processes.
  • Insurance, risk assessment and procedures for the mitigation of risk.
  • Compliance – external and internal.


General Legal

  • Providing general legal advice support and assistance including legal opinions and research on various legal issues (sporting, disciplinary, contract, association, governance, risk management), related to the day to day business of the BWF.
  • Reviewing and making recommendations for amendments to specific BWF regulations – BWF Statutes, regulations, codes and policies.
  • Reviewing, vetting and drafting of contracts and agreements such as employment agreements, work and service agreements, product certification, licencing, internet hosting.
  • Assisting in the registration of BWF Marks and other applicable intellectual property and in conducting any oppositions and/or advice on literation related to the Marks and property.
  • Analysing and monitoring the insurance coverage and risk minimization strategies of the BWF.
  • Providing advice on membership and constitutional issues including assessment of Member Association constitutions and compliance.
  • Interfacing closely with and advising the administration staff on various legal queries arising out of their work and related to sporting and non-sporting matters.
  • Providing prompt and concise legal advice and specific solutions driven support to other BWF departments.
  • Provide advice on legal aspect of letters and formal communications. 

Sports Law

  • Providing legal opinions (supported by appropriate prior legal research) on sports law matters and related proceedings (i.e. sporting, disciplinary and doping disputes).
  • Providing support to the Secretary General and COO in relation to legal cases brought before the BWF disciplinary bodies, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), and appeals bodies.
  • Acting where required, as an ad hoc clerk for BWF disciplinary and appeals bodies in sporting, disciplinary, doping and any contentious matters brought before such bodies.
  • Liaising and interfacing with external sports related entities such as the World Anti-Doping Agency and Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
  • Providing advice on rules system, investigations, jurisdiction and case management related to the integrity of sport - match-fixing and anti-doping and developing protocols and procedures around investigations in this area.

Application Process

The criteria below will be used to short list candidates for an interview.
Applications for the position must address each criteria, providing examples from their experience / employment background.

  • Qualifications and Experience
    • A law degree.
    • Experience in law practice is required. Specialisation in sports law and knowledge of the workings and operation of a sporting federation is highly desirable.
    • At least 2 – 4 years of proven working experience in sports law and/or contract law, ideally in a sporting federation or commercial law firm.
  • Skills
    • Effective communication skills. Excellent command of both written and spoken English is essential - in particular, an excellent command of written English with proven drafting ability is required (legal documents and correspondence).
    • Strong analytical skills.
    • Excellent computer skills.
  • Personal Attributes
    • Capable of working independently and used to working under time pressure.
    • Self-motivated, flexible, pragmatic and precise.
    • Service and solutions oriented and you have a proven capacity to deliver on time.
    • Willing to work and travel occasionally on weekends.


Negotiated with the successful candidate depending on qualifications and experience.
Please indicate your salary expectations in your application.


A contract with a three month probationary period will be offered to the successful candidate. Appraisals conducted annually.

Hours of Work

The position is contracted and full time – 40 hours a week. The nature of the work sometimes requires flexibility during busy periods particularly in the lead up to and during badminton events and meetings.

Required Applications

Applications must include these three elements.

  • An email or letter stating that you are applying for this job;]
  • A statement addressing the Selection Criteria (a, b and c above) giving examples from your employment background and life experiences;
  • A brief CV / resume of no more than two pages.

In your application, you are invited to indicate your current remuneration level and your expectations regarding the starting salary if you are successful.

Contact - Stuart Borrie, Chief Operating Officer

Applications close Friday 21 October 2016.