Senior Legal Counsel

Federations & Major Events
United Kingdom
Full Time
Competitive
18 / 05

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

Full description

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.

The Role

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

Key Accountabilities

  • Delivering robust legal advice in an efficient and effective manner to The FA group, including all football regulatory matters.
  • Protecting the organisation from litigation and reputational risk.
  • Providing support to the Head of Legal (Football Regulation & Litigation) on rule and regulation changes and leading on drafting as and when required.
  • Providing legal and disciplinary support to the England national teams.
  • Advising on FIFA/UEFA regulatory matters.
  • Providing advice on player status issues, transfers and agents.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Executing any additional tasks required in order to meet Legal Team and FA Group changing priorities.

What we are looking for

Essential

Knowledge

  • 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.
  • Excellent academic record.

Experience

  • Experience at a corporate law firm.

Technical Skills

  • High quality written legal advice.
  • Ability to demonstrate clear and concise written and oral legal advice.
  • Ability to demonstrate the application of robust legal advice in a practical manner.

Desirable

Knowledge

  • Sports litigation.
  • Media law.
  • Employment law.

Experience

  • Working in-house or on secondment at a sports organisation.

What we can offer you

  • 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.

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