International Tennis Federation
Regulation and Governance
4 - 6 Year PQE
Roehampton, South West London (occasional travel may be required)
From Playground to Podium: As an organisation the ITF has a significant influence in tennis. We are involved in everything from inspiring grassroots initiatives to elite international competitions and all that falls in between. We have a touchpoint at every stage of a player’s career across all levels and formats of tennis. From grassroots campaigns to the Davis and Billie Jean King Cup podium, the ITF is engaged and committed to delivering tennis for future generations.
Job Title: Governance & Regulatory Counsel
Department: Legal Services, Integrity & Legal
Reporting to: Executive Director, Legal Services
Location: Roehampton, South West London (occasional travel may be required)
International Tennis Federation (ITF) is the world governing body of tennis. Founded in 1913, its purpose is to ensure the long-term growth and sustainability of the sport, delivering tennis for future generations in association with its 210 member nations. The ITF oversees the rules and regulations that govern international and national competition.
The ITF is responsible for the worldwide development of tennis through its highly-regarded Development Programme, its Science and Technical department which monitors equipment and technology, and its Officiating department which oversees the education and advancement of officials. The ITF organises over 1,500 weeks of men’s, women’s and junior tournaments on the ITF World Tennis Tour, and also manages the ITF junior team competitions, ITF Beach Tennis Tour, UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour and the ITF Seniors Circuit. The ITF is the owner and rightsholder of the two largest annual international team competitions in tennis, Davis Cup by Rakuten and Billie Jean King Cup by BNP Paribas, and manages the Olympic Tennis Event on behalf of the IOC. The ITF upholds the highest standards of integrity and manages the Tennis Anti-Doping Programme on behalf of the sport and is a partner in the International Tennis Integrity Agency.
The Legal Department was established in 2017, and now has four full-time lawyers that advise the ITF on a range of legal issues including sporting regulation and disciplinary matters (including safeguarding), corporate governance and ethics, licensing of commercial rights, data protection and other general legal matters. The department endeavours to provide pragmatic and commercial advice, as well as educate colleagues and improve working practices more generally. The team works closely to apply the right mix of expertise to each issue, as well as ensure back-up cover. External counsel is used where appropriate.
The Governance and Regulatory Counsel will provide in-house legal support to the ITF, primarily in relation to corporate governance and ethics, sports regulation and disciplinary issues, and data protection. This role will lead on disciplinary and other contentious matters under the competition regulations, utilising senior colleagues and external counsel where appropriate. Due to the small size of the team, this role will occasionally be required to advise on commercial matters.
Regulations - advise other departments on the application of the relevant Regulations, drafting amendments to the suite of ITF Regulations, instructing outside counsel on regulations amendments (as necessary);
Governance – lead on the Legal department’s advice on National Association and Regional Association governance matters, with input from the Director as necessary; advising on ITF and ITF Licensing (UK) Ltd corporate governance, including amendments to the ITF Constitution; drafting papers for, and presenting to, the Constitutional Committee as required;
Data Protection – project manage the ITF’s data protection compliance project; secretariat for the Data Protection Steering Group, ensuring they are properly consulted and advised on relating to data protection matters that arise from time to time; advise on data protection compliance including on data protection policies, privacy notices, data sharing agreements, and data privacy impact assessments; advise on data protection commercial terms, support on Data Subject Rights requests, and other data protection support as required.
Commercial – provide ad hoc advice on contractual matters, primarily relating to competition hosting, player image rights, World Tennis Number and data protection.
Legal practitioner qualification with 4-6 years PQE
Demonstrable post-qualification experience in sports regulatory and governance law, and data protection
Pre- or post-qualification experience in commercial law would be an advantage
Demonstrable experience pertaining to the main functions of the role
Excellent technical legal skills, especially in drafting and interpretation of documents
Experience of autonomous working
Ability to manage a significant workload
Application of expertise to both legal and non-legal challenges
Ability to contribute to the strategic and operational aspects of the ITF’s activities
Excellent interpersonal, communication and presentation skills
Stakeholder and relationship management skills
An interest in, or knowledge of, tennis
Language skills are an advantage (Spanish or French in particular)
Experience of working for or advising international sports federations, national governing bodies or other relevant organizations would be an advantage
Excellent salary plus discretionary bonus scheme
25 days holiday per annum plus bank holidays
Group personal pension scheme / Life assurance (subject to conditions)
Lunch provided when working in the office
Ride2Work (in conjunction with Evans Cycles)
Free parking on site
35 hour working week with core hours of 10am-4pm Monday to Friday – flexible start & end times
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This job specification should in no way be deemed a complete and definitive description of the job requirements. Responsibilities may be expanded or reduced at any time as deemed appropriate by management.
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