Governance & Regulatory Counsel


International Tennis Federation







Practice Area:

Regulation and Governance


United Kingdom


4 - 6 Year PQE

Work city:

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.

ITF Role Overview

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.

Overview of Department:

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 Role:

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.


  • Disciplinary and dispute resolution
    • manage cases and appeals being heard by the Independent Tribunal, including advising on investigations into major breaches of the Code of Conduct, preparing submissions and evidence, and instructing external counsel as necessary
    • oversee and support the Commercial Counsel in their provision of secretariat assistance to the Internal Adjudication Panel
    • manage cases and advise on issues arising under the ITF’s Safeguarding Policies, for Children and Adults (respectively), and instructing external counsel as necessary.
  • 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.

You will have...

  • 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

What we offer....

  • Excellent salary plus discretionary bonus scheme

  • 25 days holiday per annum plus bank holidays

  • Private Healthcare

  •  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

How to Apply:

To apply for this role please click the apply button at the top of the page. 

Due to the high volume of applications we receive, we are unable to respond individually to candidates, therefore only successful candidates will be contacted for an interview. Please note that interviews may be conducted via video call.

Our offices are set up to be Covid-compliant in accordance with Government guidelines. A full risk assessment has been carried out and is available on our website.

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.

Equality, diversity & inclusion (EDI) is a fundamental priority for the ITF. Our philosophy focusses on embedding inclusive behaviours and processes across every element of our business practices.




Legal Advisors

Upcoming Events

There are no up-coming events

Copyright © LawInSport Limited 2010 - 2021. These pages contain general information only. Nothing in these pages constitutes legal advice. You should consult a suitably qualified lawyer on any specific legal problem or matter. The information provided here was accurate as of the day it was posted; however, the law may have changed since that date. This information is not intended to be, and should not be used as, a substitute for taking legal advice in any specific situation. LawInSport is not responsible for any actions taken or not taken on the basis of this information. Please refer to the full terms and conditions on our website.