Head of Legal & Compliance


Podium Analytics







Practice Area:

Legal & Compliance


United Kingdom


Senior Lawyer

Work city:

London, W1




Permanent, Full Time

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Head of Legal & Compliance

Headquartered in London, W1 this is a great opportunity for an experienced Lawyer to work in this exciting, new NGO, and its pioneering role addressing sports injuries in young people.

Podium Analytics

Podium Analytics (“Podium”) is an NGO, registered as a charity and founded by Ron Dennis CBE, which aims to address the issue of sports-related injury in young people. With a clear mission to reduce the incidence and impact of sports injury in young people, Podium has secured a series of high-profile partnerships to help create a safer world of sport.

Podium has established the ‘The Podium Analytics Institute for Youth Sports Medicine and Technology at the University of Oxford’. This will be a first-of-its-kind institute focused on 11–18-year-olds and safety for lifelong health, rather than performance. The initial work of the Institute will focus on traumatic injuries such as concussion and serious musculoskeletal injuries as well as sudden cardiac death and the psychological factors that lead to injury.

As part of its research strategy, Podium plans to undertake the world’s largest longitudinal study into youth sports injury over the next 10 years. The study will facilitate a broad, epidemiological, multi-sport and completely unprecedented view of the youth sport injury landscape and will directly address the severe lack of data relating to youth sport injury. In addition, Podium has developed an injury insight platform which is being provided to schools across the UK at no cost and is designed to help teachers, coaches and sports medics log and monitor injury data. Podium aims to be present in over 200 schools by the end of the current academic year, prior to a national rollout.

Podium is collaborating with a number of national governing bodies and international sports federations and will be extending its partnerships with other sport bodies over the coming months. Podium has also received formal statements of support from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and the Department for Education.

Podium embraces equality, diversity and inclusion and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified candidates regardless of age, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexuality, religion or belief, disability, parenting, caring or marital status.

Job Description

Main Purpose of Job

The Head of Legal and Compliance will be responsible for the provision of high-quality legal advice, guidance and representation, negotiating contracts, effectively managing risk, lead on data protection and compliance, and ensuring that Podium remains compliant with regulation.

The role requires a qualified lawyer with relevant in-house experience within a commercial or not-for-profit organisation, ideally in Sport. The role is very hands-on and requires a strong ‘can-do’ attitude, flexibility and proactivity.

Responsible For


  • Key advisor to Podium Senior Management Team and wider Podium staff on general legal issues including contract and commercial law, intellectual property, data protection, employment and other regulatory matters
  • Drafting, review and negotiation of legal documents, including commercial agreements, supplier contracts, licensing agreements, sponsorship/ambassador agreements, collaboration and data sharing agreements and non-disclosure agreements
  • Dealing with matters relating to intellectual property
  • Dealing with matters of employment law, drafting of employment contracts and ensuring HR legal compliance
  • Liaison and effective instruction of Podium’s external legal advisors
  • Main point of contact for all legal and compliance queries

Data Protection

  • Lead the provision of advice on Podium’s data protection processes and procedures.
  • Advise on Podium's injury data collection programme, digital, marketing and other projects with data protection implications including design of appropriate data protection frameworks, mapping data flows, drafting privacy notices, and oversight of appropriate technical and organisational measures
  • Prepare and maintain data protection compliance documentation and management of relevant queries, including subject access requests
  • Dealing with data breach incident response, reporting and liaison with regulatory bodies, including the ICO
  • Deliver data protection related training and share best practices to Podium staff

Compliance and Risk

  • Ensure effective compliance oversight, supporting the Finance & Business Operations Director in developing a robust compliance framework and its implementation
  • Monitor and assess the effectiveness of internal controls and procedures
  • Maintain effective risk reporting across the business
  • Advise on regulatory issues and liaise with regulatory bodies
  • Support the Finance & Business Operations Director on Company Secretarial matters including filing documents with Companies House
  • Support the Business Operations Manager on Health and Safety and other facility management compliance issues

Key Contacts


  • Finance & Business Operations Director (Reports to)
  • Senior Management Team
  • Podium Analytics staff


  • External legal advisors
  • Suppliers
  • Podium Analytics Institute for Youth Sports Medicine and Technology at the University of Oxford
  • Sports national governing bodies
  • Schools partners
  • Commercial partners

Person Specification

This form lists the essential and desirable requirements needed in order to do the job. Applicants will be shortlisted solely on the extent to which they meet these requirements.

Criteria should only be listed as essential where they are fundamental to performance of the role. Suitable candidates will need to demonstrate competence in all of the essential requirements to be considered for the role.

Qualifications, education and training


  • Qualified lawyer (England and Wales) or equivalent

Knowledge and experience


  • Demonstrable experience of contract law (including commercial), employment, intellectual property and sports law
  • Previous experience in corporate governance, risk management and compliance
  • Expert knowledge of GDPR and data protection legislation


  • Experience of working for (or advising) international federations, national governing bodies or other regulatory or non-profit organisations
  • Knowledge of product standards regulations
  • Experience of working with or advising technology organisations
  • Experience working in fast-paced and scale-up environments

Skills and competencies


  • Excellent communication ability, both verbal/presentation and in writing
  • The ability to confidently advise senior management, colleagues and senior stakeholders
  • Excellent organisation skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to meet tight deadlines


  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office applications

Personal attributes


  • Interest and passion for sport

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 send your updated CV to john.cullen@lawinsport.com or click apply at the top of the page. The closing date is the 8th December 2021.




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