Legal Counsel - Data Protection

  • The FA
  • Wembley Stadium, London, UK
  • 06 Jun, 2021
Full time Digital Law

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.

The Role

 To provide legal support to the FA Group on all data protection issues. 

Key Accountabilities
  • Providing legal support to the FA Group on compliance with data protection laws and regulations (including GDPR, DPA, AADC and Online Safety Bill); 
  • Drafting a range of data protection-related documents, including data sharing/processing agreements, privacy policies, legitimate interest assessments (LIA), data protection impact assessments (DPIA) and internal FA policies;  
  • Working closely with the Senior Legal Counsel – Data Protection and Data Protection Officer in relation to data protection compliance; 
  • Working collaboratively with all relevant internal and external stakeholders, e.g. England team operations, and the FA's safeguarding, marketing and product development teams;   
  • Working with the other members of the FA legal team to provide proactive advice to The FA Group on data protection matters; 
  • Assisting the FA Group's responses to Data Subject Access Requests; 
  • Advising the FA Group on new data protection and privacy laws and regulations; and 
  • Executing any additional tasks required in order to meet the FA Group's priorities. 
What we are looking for


  • Between 1-3 years working as a qualified solicitor at a major law firm or in-house (however candidates with relevant skills sets regardless of post qualification experience will be considered). 
  • Able to demonstrate a breadth of relevant knowledge of data protection law.  
  • 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. 


  • Previous experience of sports law.  
  • In-house experience (e.g. a secondment)


Please include a cover letter with your application.

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.

Closing date: 30 June 2021