Senior Legal Counsel - Data Protection

4 days left

Wembley Stadium
05 Oct 2021
31 Oct 2021
Vacancy Type
Solicitors, In-House
Full Time
Experience Level
Mid Level, Partner-designate

Senior Legal Counsel - Data Protection

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 grassroots through to the professional game, The Emirates FA Cup and the England international teams. We have two core assets: Wembley Stadium and St. George's Park.

The Role
To lead on the legal support to the FA Group on all data protection issues.

Key Accountabilities:

  • Responsible for the provision of legal support to the FA Group on compliance with data protection laws and regulations (including GDPR, DPA, AADC and Online Safety Bill);
  • Devising and implementing strategies to ensure legal compliance;
  • Proposing policy amendments to existing data protection policies;
  • Working closely with the 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. FIFA, UEFA, the Premier League, 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;
  • Managing the FA Group's responses to Data Subject Access Requests and putting in place procedures to ensure compliance with the relevant legislation; and
  • Executing any additional tasks required in order to meet the FA Group's priorities.

What we are looking for:


  • At least 6 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).

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 application.

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