Steve Austin Nwabueze

Team Lead/Managing Editor

Steve Austin Nwabueze is a Senior Associate in the Litigation & Dispute Resolution Department of Perchstone and Graeys LP, a top commercial law firm in Lagos.  He was admitted to practice as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria in 2009.   He is renowned by his colleagues and peers for the depth of his knowledge of the law and has, throughout his career, demonstrated capacity in a string of notable areas of law.


Steve Nwabueze

Senior Law Associate


BIO

Steve Austin Nwabueze is a Senior Associate in the Litigation & Dispute Resolution Department of Perchstone and Graeys LP, a top commercial law firm in Lagos. He was admitted to practice as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria in 2009. He is renowned by his colleagues and peers for the depth of his knowledge of the law and has, throughout his career, demonstrated capacity in a string of notable areas of law.

Throughout his rather eventful career, Steve has been opportune to develop competence in various specialized fields, including Arbitration, Corporate Practice, Maritime, Chieftaincy, Election Petition, and Intellectual Property. He has, however, made remarkable inroads into the sports law practice.

Sports Law transactions

i. Part of the team that drafted a bespoke dispute resolution framework for the resolution of commercial and technical sports disputes in Nigeria under the auspices of the Sports Industry Thematic Group (SITG) and Nigeria Economic Summit Group (NESG).
ii. Part of the legal team of the Sports Industry Thematic Group (SITG) and Nigeria Economic Summit Group (NESG) that drafted the National Sports Industry Policy in 2020; an initiative of the NESG and the Nigerian Sports Ministry.
iii. Provided legal advisory to an ex Nigerian international on an appeal before the Court of Arbitration for sports in Switzerland bordering on a life ban imposed on him by the FIFA Ethics Committee.
iv. Represented the interest of a Football Club in the Nigerian National League, NNL in a disciplinary proceeding and appeal against the Nigeria National League and Osun United Football Club.
v. Represented the interest of an NNL football team in three employment law disputes bordering on the principle of termination for just cause involving its Ex Coaching staff and an ex-player before the FIFA Dispute Resolution Chamber in Switzerland.
vi. Provided legal advisory to an NPFL team on a disciplinary proceeding commenced by the League Management Company of Nigeria.
vii. Provided ex gratia legal advisory to a UK-based consortium and a potential client on the modalities and legal framework for setting up a football academy in Nigeria.
viii. Legal representative to notable football academies in Lagos, Nigeria.
ix. Provided legal advisory and representation to several licensed football intermediaries/agents.

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