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Head of Legal - Commercial

The FA

The Football Association is the governing body of association football in England and the Crown Dependencies of Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man.

15 May 2024
Full Time
Closing date
26 May 2024

Make an impact, on and off the pitch

We are looking for a commercially knowledgeable Head of Legal to oversee the effective operation of the Commercial side of the Legal Team by providing proactive legal support to The FA Group across a full range of commercial and related legal issues.

The Head of Legal will line manage the required structure of solicitors and other support staff within the Commercial side of the Group Legal Team and be responsible for the day to day allocation of work within this area.

The individual in role will also assist the General Counsel in managing the overall Legal Department including setting the departmental strategy.

What will you be doing?

  • Being visible across The FA Group as the main point of contact on all commercial legal matters.
  • Delivering robust legal advice in an efficient and effective manner across the full range of The FA Group's commercial legal and relevant corporate legal support requirements.
  • Championing the efficient sign off of contracts. Drafting and negotiating commercial contracts in all areas of The FA Group's business including sponsorship, media rights, operations, event staging and venue hire and supply/services agreements. To include all related agreements e.g. tender documentation.
  • Line managing and supporting the commercial legal team and allocating work efficiently to meet required timeframes.
  • Considering and instructing external legal support in the most efficient way when this is required.
  • Supporting the General Counsel with the strategy of running the Group Legal Team.
  • Providing assistance and guidance to others within the team but outside of direct line report to assist in their development including e.g. mentoring.
  • Executing additional tasks as required in order to meet FA Group changing priorities.
  • Complying with all company policies and procedures to ensure the highest standards of health, safety and wellbeing can be maintained.
  • As part of The FA's commitment to ensuring a safe environment for everyone in football, every employee will be required to complete a DBS check. The level of the check required will be based on the activity of the specific job role and in line with legislation and government guidance.

What are we looking for?

Essential for the role:

  • At least 6 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 commercial knowledge gathered in a major law firm and/ or corporate
  • Ability to demonstrate clear and concise written and oral legal advice, which includes drafting, negotiating and interpreting a range of contracts including in particular domestic and overseas media rights agreements across a range of platforms and sponsorship agreements plus all ancillary documents (e.g. tenders).
  • Ability to demonstrate the application of robust legal advice in a practical manner.

Beneficial to have:

  • Previous experience of sports law.
  • Experience of the following types of contracts, IT, event staging, supply and service agreements, catering, funding.
  • Experience of dealing with commercial event protection - brand protection and ticket touting.
  • A working knowledge of employment legislation.
  • Previous in house experience.
  • Previous experience of instructing external law firms.
  • Experience of managing a team.

What's in it for you?

We are committed to ensuring everyone can flourish in their roles, to achieve this we have unique office spaces under the arch of the iconic Wembley National Stadium, which is the home of English Football. We are also delighted to offer a world-class, Elite Performance Centre, St. George's Park in Staffordshire which is an exceptional setting to develop and inspire high-performing England teams and leaders.

We pride ourselves in offering a competitive salary as well as great opportunities to develop and grow in your role. But that is not all; we also have a range of exciting benefits, some of which can be found below:

  • Access to event day tickets at Wembley Stadium, alongside a host of regular internal events throughout the season encouraging you to connect and learn with your colleagues and look after your mental health and wellbeing.
  • Free, nutritious lunches, at Wembley Stadium and St. George's Park.
  • Free private medical cover.
  • A contributory pension scheme.
  • An additional Thank You days leave, volunteering days as well as 25 days annual leave.
  • A hybrid working model offering greater flexibility.

How to Apply

To apply for this role, please click ‘Apply Now’ to begin the online application

Applications close on 26th May 2024

Additional Information

Full Time
Job Type
Legal, Regulatory & HR

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