Sports Lawyer


Muckle LLP


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4 - 6 Year PQE

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Muckle Logo 2022The role

We would be very interested in talking to professional individuals to join our growing Sports team, which advises national governing and funding bodies, professional leagues and clubs, elite athletes, intermediaries, semi-pro and amateur associations and suppliers to the sector. Our club work is broad, from the top of the professional game to amateur grassroots.

The successful candidate should have:

  • experience of the preparation and negotiation of a variety of commercial contracts within the sector including licensing, outsourcing, sponsorship, standard terms of trading, sale and purchase of goods and/or services

  • understanding of the different types of legal structure and special tax status of clubs, from professional to amateur grassroots

  • experience of advising on sports governance and regulatory issues, including the application and interpretation of rules and governing documents

  • knowledge of data protection compliance with GDPR in a sports context and general IP issues in the sector, including image rights, brand protection, trademark, copyright, design rights, patent, confidentiality and related matters

  • willingness to undertake public speaking in person and virtually

Strong client relations would be an advantage.

So who are we looking for? We want a commercial sports solicitor or associate solicitor, of 4 to 6 years’ PQE, with strong technical ability in this area of law. We are looking for a team player who can easily integrate into a busy and active team, supporting on its business development strategy. An individual who is willing to get involved with all areas of business development, including speaking at and attending networking events. PQE is a guide only and applications of interest from candidates with the desired skill set outside of the stated PQE would be welcome.

The Muckle Team

Muckle LLP is the leading North East law firm for business. With nearly 150 people, we are the biggest commercial law firm that is based solely in, and focused on, the North East. We all work together in one open plan office so there are no closed doors, just close working relationships.

We have a specialist practice that provides business people with first-class expert advice. We are dedicated to providing our clients with the best advice and service that we possibly can. We combine City-quality advice with the friendly, collegiate feel of the North East. We know that each client is different and each of our specialist teams consistently offers enthusiasm and expertise tailored for specific needs and situations. The right advice is only right for that client; there is no one-size-fits-all solution.

Historically, we had invested significantly to promote agile working, with our people having the ability to work from wherever suited them best, which we all did already long before the COVID-19 lockdown. This flexibility allowed us to move all of our operation seamlessly to home working in March 2020, without disrupting our service delivery. We continue to operate to the same excellent levels of service that existed pre-lockdown, providing legal services to a wide range of organisations throughout the UK and beyond. We continue to operate our agile working policy, also taking advantage of our excellent, modern office facilities, where these help us to deliver excellent service to each other and to our clients.

Our people and values

Our people are the foundation of our business, and everything we do is underpinned by our four core values:

  • Trust – we trust each other to do the right thing
  • Teamwork – we are one team and work selflessly for each other
  • Responsibility – we are self-starters and take responsibility for how we work together and
  • Care – we care about our people, clients and community

 It means, no matter who you speak to, we provide the same excellent service from people who do what they say, on time and on budget, every time. That’s the Muckle way.

Our culture

We want everyone to understand how our business is run and we encourage all of our people to get involved. We are also proud of the communities in which we live and work and give our people lots of ways to support them.

For example, you could use your two days’ paid volunteering leave to support a local cause you care about or nominate them for a grant from our Muckle Fund at the Community Foundation.

From workplace running, cycling and walking clubs to fun events organised by our BEAM (Being Engaged At Muckle) team and participation in our Green Team to help make the business as environmentally friendly as possible, we’ve created a unique and award winning place to work:

  • Investors In People Gold award accreditation

  • Investors In People Health and Wellbeing accreditation

  • North East Better Health at Work Gold award

  • Journal North East Best Place to Work (Medium Sized Company) award

So how does all that sound? If you’re looking to work in a friendly, open environment and want to develop your career in a forward thinking, commercial North East law firm, then this is an excellent opportunity.

How to apply

LawInSport Recruitment have been retained as exclusive agents for this position.
All unsolicited, third party introductions will be forwarded directly to our team.

To apply for this position please click apply at the top left hand side of the page.





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