Senior Commercial Solicitor

  • Premier League
  • London, UK
  • 07 Jan, 2022
Full time Business & Commercial Law

Job Description

The Premier League’s legal team is looking for a Senior Commercial Solicitor to support the Head of Legal – Commercial & Compliance in providing high quality advice on legal and compliance issues that impact the operations of the Premier League as well as its member clubs.  This will include advising on a whole range of commercial issues including drafting and negotiating a wide range of commercial agreements and advising on data risk, privacy and protection matters.  
The right candidate will be a qualified solicitor of approximately 3-5 years’ post qualification experience (candidates outside this range with the required skills to be considered) with significant experience in commercial contracts and data protection.
This is an exciting time to join the organisation and an excellent opportunity for the right candidate.

Key Responsibilities

In your role, you will become a senior member of the Commercial and Compliance team, undertaking a breadth of work, that will include the following:
Commercial Contracts
  • Provide advice to all areas of the business on a wide range of commercial issues. 
  • Leading on the drafting, reviewing and negotiating of complex, high-value commercial contracts (including sponsorship agreements).
  • Drafting, reviewing, and negotiating a variety of commercial contracts including supply of service agreements, event agreements, consultancy agreements, grant agreements, licencing agreements and other commercial contracts.
  • Develop and update precedents and standard form legal documentation (including legal policies, standard terms and conditions and tender documentation) wherever possible.
  • Instruct and liaise with external counsel on legal matters as required.
  • Responsibility for the implementation and refinement of policies and procedures to ensure efficient and effective contract administration and document management processes. 
  • Keep abreast of commercial legal developments relevant to the business.
  • Provide legal and compliance advice to the business as the subject matter expert on data protection to ensure the Premier League meets its legal, regulatory and ethical obligations.
  • Drafting and advising on complex data protection-related documentation such as data processing agreements, data sharing agreements and data privacy impact assessments.
  •  Provide legal and compliance advice to the wider business as they arise on a day-to-day basis in relation to anti-corruption and bribery, modern slavery and tax evasion.
  • Assist the Head of Legal – Commercial and Compliance in maintaining a robust system of policies and procedures. 
  •  Promote sound practices compliant with relevant legislation and proactively identify opportunities to improve existing practices. 
  • Ensure thorough reporting of internal and external risk and compliance issues to the General Counsel and the Board. 
  •  Keep abreast of legal developments relevant to the business’s compliance obligations.
  •  Monitor and manage suppliers of third party risk management and whistle blowing services.

Skills Knowledge and Expertise

  • High quality academic background and robust legal training from a reputable law firm or recognised in-house legal department.
  • Qualified solicitor of approximately 3-5 years’ post qualification experience (candidates outside this range with the required skills to be considered).
  • Confident, articulate, and affable with the ability to communicate complex legal concepts into a clear and understandable format both orally and in writing to individuals from all levels of the business.
  • Sound commercial knowledge, ideally with some experience working in or with the sports industry.
  • Significant experience drafting, reviewing and negotiating a wide range of complex, high-value commercial agreements.
  • Significant experience of data protection.
  • Team player, highly organised, solution oriented and an outstanding attention to detail.
  • Experience of managing matters autonomously.
  • Excellent work ethic and able to cope with pressurised situations and tight timeframes whilst maintaining a professional approach.


Our competitive range of benefits includes:
  • Private medical insurance
  • Permanent health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Subsidised gym membership
  • Health screenings
  • Mental health support
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Season ticket loan
  • Pension scheme
  • Discounts with commercial partners
  • Access to match day tickets

About The Premier League

The Premier League is the top tier of England’s football pyramid, which produces some of the most competitive and compelling football in the world. With our Clubs, we use the power and popularity of the competition to inspire fans, communities and partners in the UK and across the world. 
We bring people together from all backgrounds and we are a competition for everyone, everywhere – available to watch in 880 million homes in 188 countries.
The Premier League head office is based in central London and the organisation delivers across a range of roles, including football, coach development, community, youth development, safeguarding, broadcast, commercial, communications, digital, finance, legal, marketing and policy.
Work at the Premier League varies greatly and we are committed to delivering equality, diversity and inclusion across the organisation. We look for people who excel at what they do and would be a positive fit for the organisation, regardless of their background. 
Application Deadline: January 21, 2022