Closing Date: 5th April, 2024


The Position:
These are your key tasks:
  • Responsible for the conduct of all external disputes and contentious matters involving A Football Association, including civil and criminal matters (note: this does not include the conduct of any sports-related matters in the CAS);
  • Providing legal advice and guidance across all functional areas at A Football Associationrelated to contentious matters, including advising on litigation risks and outcomes;
  • Conduct of settlement negotiations in the context of disputes;
  • Managing multiple cases in Switzerland and internationally;
  • Engagement and instruction of external counsel, and responsibility for budgets for external legal spend; and
  • Attending court hearings, reviewing, drafting and commenting on documents.

Your Profile
We work hard at A Football Association.
We are dedicated, ambitious and innovative.

And we respect our values. Always.

For all roles, we seek talented people with an entrepreneurial spirit and a global mindset.

The specific competencies we require for this position are:
  • Fully qualified to practice law (registered on the roll / admitted to the bar of the relevant jurisdiction) having completed academic and practical training
  • 5-9 years of legal practice PQE
  • Substantial professional experience of working with and drafting legal documents in English
  • Excellent negotiation, drafting, problem solving and analytical skills
  • Enhanced expertise: 5 years expertise "on the job" in a recognised firm or in a similar role in an in-house legal department
  • Demonstrable interest in or experience of sports, media, sponsorship and regulatory matters, including and interest in the interplay between sports and competition law
  • First class written and spoken English language skills, consistent with drafting and negotiating complex, high value and nuanced English language agreements
  • Comfortable providing advice and recommendations to senior leadership
  • Ability to provide and communicate effectively practical and solutions-based legal advice
  • Excellent negotiation, drafting, problem solving and analytical skills
  • Structured, reliable, highly organised with a strong eye for detail
  • Ability to work as part of a high-performing team, fostering collaboration, driving results, and ensuring the successful achievement of organizational goals.
  • Proactive, with a strong sense of personal responsibility with an ability to work autonomously on a wide variety of projects
  • Resilient, with an ability to competently handle a large workload amid rapidly shifting priorities
  • Open-minded team player with an affinity for working within a variety of cultures and excellent communication skills
  • High degree of professionalism and confident demeanour
  • Ability to be a good ambassador for A Football Association in all manner of external facing situations, including during court hearings, mediations and negotiations, external workshops and during A Football Association competition-related assignments
  • Ability to create, develop and maintain strong and reliable relationships with A Football Association senior management as well as external legal and commercial counterparts
  • Willingness to operate outside of comfort zone
  • Takes initiative to reflect on how to improve and develop working styles and methods to assist the organisation and internal clients
  • Native level English (or equivalent), consistent with requirement to draft and negotiate complex and nuanced English language agreements and advice.
  • Proficiency in any other A Football Association language (French/Spanish/German) is an asset but not necessary
  • Proficient in Word / PowerPoint / Excel
  • Willingness to travel