Legal Counsel – Football Regulation & Litigation

The Football Association (FA)
Location London, UK
Posted 13/09/2018
Closes 27/09/2018
Sector Federations & LOCs
Function Legal, IT, HR, Finance & Procurement
Contract Type Permanent
Hours Full Time
Salary Competitive

Job Description

Legal Counsel – Football Regulation & Litigation

Closing date: Monday 8 October 2018

Our Organisation:

The FA is the governing body for football in England. We are responsible for overseeing, promoting and developing English football at all levels, from grassroots through to the professional game. This includes operating 24 England teams, the Emirates FA Cup, the Women’s Super League (WSL) and our two world-class venues, Wembley Stadium and St George’s Park. The FA is a not-for-profit organisation that is committed to increasing participation in football and ensuring that football is a game that everyone can enjoy.

Overview of the role:

To provide proactive legal support to The FA Group across a full range of contentious, regulatory, and other non-commercial legal issues.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Delivering robust legal advice in an efficient and effective manner across the full range of The FA Group’s contentious and non-commercial legal support requirements.
  • Protecting the organisation from litigation and reputational risk.
  • Providing support to the Head of Legal (Football Regulation & Litigation) on rule and regulation changes.
  • Providing legal and disciplinary support to the England national teams.
  • Advising on FIFA/UEFA regulatory matters.
  • Providing proactive legal support to the rest of the Legal & Governance Division.
  • Providing advice on player status matters to the Football Operations Division.
  • Taking the lead role on all contentious brand protection and IP litigation matters across The FA Group.
  • Dealing with insurance issues affecting The FA Group.
  • Providing support to the safeguarding team on legal issues.
  • Supporting the Head of Legal (Football Regulation & Litigation) with the allocation of work and running of the team, including the provision of guidance, support and training to other lawyers and the trainee within the Legal Team. 
  • Providing focused instructions to external law firms when authorised to do so.
  • Executing any additional tasks required in order to meet Legal Team and FA Group changing priorities.

    What we are looking for:

    Essential Skills:

  • At least 5 years working as a qualified solicitor however candidates with relevant skills sets regardless of post qualification experience may have the required technical skills.
  • Must be able to demonstrate a breadth of relevant contentious legal knowledge gathered in a major law firm and/ or corporate.
  • Ability to demonstrate clear and concise written and oral legal advice.
  • Ability to demonstrate the application of robust legal advice in a practical manner.
  • Excellent academic record.

    Desirable Skills:

  • Previous experience of sports litigation.
  • Experience of dealing with IP enforcement.
  • Experience of data protection law.
  • In house secondment experience.

    What we can offer:

  • An exciting and challenging role within a changing, dynamic and world-renowned sports organisation.
  • Being part of a highly experienced and dedicated legal team.
  • Attractive benefits and a competitive salary.
  • Part time/flexible working open to discussion.

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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