JJ van der Walt

Baker & McKenzie


JJ van der Walt is an associate in Baker McKenzie’s Johannesburg Dispute Resolution Practice Group.

Practice Focus

JJ has advised large multi-national and domestic clients in complex commercial disputes, issues involving anti-bribery and corruption, and matters entailing intricate and sensitive corporate investigations.

JJ frequently advises clients on regulatory aspects, which includes Data Protection and Privacy. In the context of dispute resolution, he has been involved in several urgent applications involving, amongst others, clients in the security sector and private equity firms.

He has obtained immense experience in compliance & investigations work through deep and meaningful involvement in high profile multi-jurisdictional investigations. JJ has been indispensable in these investigations and his involvement included both the investigations itself as well as consequent dismissal of executives.

He also advises on compliance with, and breaches of, domestic and extraterritorial anti-bribery and corruption laws.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Assisted in an independent and internal investigation for one of the: largest global software companies and the consequent dismissal of executives; largest and oldest union federations in South Africa and the consequent dismissal of its secretary general; and largest and most prominent global consultancy firms.

  • Advised and assisted on various urgent applications, including an urgent application for: one of the largest private security companies in South Africa; and a diversified, high growth, multi-national consumer brands company.

  • Regularly advises multinational technology companies providing on-demand cloud computing platforms on data protection laws and privacy-related concerns in South Africa.

  • Assisted on various cross-border legal diligences for a multinational technology company to facilitate expansion into various Sub-Saharan African jurisdictions advising on child safety, privacy, telecommunications, and consumer protection laws.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Legal Practice Council - Member
  • International Bar Association - Member


  • South Africa (2019)


  • University of Pretoria (LLD) (2019)
  • University of Pretoria (LLB cum laude) (2015)
  • University of Pretoria (BCom Law cum laude) (2013)


  • Afrikaans
  • English