Regulatory Advocate

The Football Association (FA)
Location London, UK
Posted 09/01/2017
Closes 15/01/2017
Sector Federations & LOCs
Function Legal, IT, HR, Finance & Procurement, Legal
Contract Type Permanent
Hours Full Time
Salary Competitive

Job Description

Our Organisation:

The Football Association (The FA) is the governing body of football in England. We are responsible for promoting and developing the game at all levels; from grass roots through to the professional game, The FA Cup and the England International teams, and has two core assets: Wembley Stadium and St George’s Park.

Overview of the role:

An exciting and challenging role has arisen for an Advocate to advise on, prepare and present cases that fall within The FA’s regulatory remit.

The cases involve parties subject to The FA’s jurisdiction, including players, managers, clubs and intermediaries. The cases range from on-field behaviour, crowd control, anti-doping, match-fixing, betting, financial misconduct, discrimination, media comments, and safeguarding children and vulnerable adults.

Key responsibilities include:

Reporting to the Head of Regulatory Advocates Department the key responsibilities will include:

  • Providing legal advice and support to investigations, including the gathering of evidence and formulating charges.
  • Preparing and presenting cases dealt with by The FA’s Regulatory Commissions and Appeal Boards
  • Providing advice to The FA, County Football Associations and other stakeholders on regulatory and disciplinary issues.

What we are looking for:

  • Qualified Barrister or Solicitor with at least 3 years post qualification experience
  • Significant advocacy experience (including witness handling) gained in an adversarial setting
  • Experience of providing advice on investigations and the strength of the evidence
  • Case management experience
  • Knowledge and understanding of football

Candidates must possess the ability to work in an extremely fast paced environment, often under intense media scrutiny, in order to meet strict deadlines when required. The successful candidate must be a team player able to work collaboratively with the investigations unit and the wider Football Regulation and Administration Division.

We anticipate the successful candidate will have a minimum of 3 years PQE, however candidates able to demonstrate exceptional ability or experience relevant to the role will also be considered.

What we can offer:

  • An exciting and challenging role within a changing, dynamic and world-renowned sports organisation.
  • Attractive benefits and a competitive salary for the right candidate.

The Football Association Group promotes inclusion and diversity, and welcomes applications from everyone. If you have any particular requirements in respect of the recruitment or interview process please mention this in your covering letter.

The Football Association (FA)

The Football Association was founded in 1863 as the governing body of the game in England. The FA is responsible for all regulatory aspects of the game of football in England.

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