Head of Legal – Regulation









Practice Area:

Regulation and Governance


United Kingdom


6+ Years PQE

Work city:

EFL House, Preston


EFL Logo 2022Department: Governance and Legal
Responsible to: Chief Operating Officer

About the EFL

Formed in 1888, the English Football League (EFL) is the world’s original league football competition and remains the largest single body of professional Clubs in European football. The League is responsible for administering and regulating the Sky Bet EFL, Sky Bet Play-Offs, Carabao Cup and Papa John’s Trophy competitions, as well as reserve and youth football.

With 72 member Clubs that embody the unique heritage, pride and passion of the communities they represent, the impact of EFL Clubs extends far beyond 90 minutes on matchday. Through the League’s charitable arm, the EFL Trust, EFL Clubs actively engage with the communities that surround and support them, overseeing inspiring and life-changing work via a network of almost a million participants on a year-round basis.

The EFL’s Governance Department

The Governance Department is responsible for the following key functions on behalf of the EFL:

  • Drafting and enforcement of EFL Rules and Regulations
  • Legal advice and support to the wider business
  • Monitoring the ownership and control of Clubs
  • Registration of all Players, from youth level to professional contracts
  • Monitoring of appearance data via team sheets

Main areas of responsibility

  • Act as primary internal regulatory legal advisor to the EFL, reporting into the current COO (also legally qualified).
  • Regulations:
    • Providing advice to the EFL, its Executive and member clubs on questions of interpretation of the EFL Regulations and associated rules (including Rules relating to Youth Development), including designing and delivering education sessions aimed at improving Club’s compliance with the EFL Regulations.
    • Assisting various departments in developing policy objectives to improve the EFL Regulations including sitting on and providing advice to various working parties.
    • Drafting proposals to amend the EFL Regulations and assisting with Annual General Meetings and Extraordinary General Meetings.
  • Disciplinary matters:
    • Leading investigation of breaches of the EFL Regulations.
    • Assisting in advising the EFL Board in respect of progress of investigations, and the prospects of success in any given matter.
    • Developing litigation strategy and assisting in advising the EFL Board of the same.
    • Preparing written submissions (including but not limited to, charge letters, defences, notices of appeal, responses to appeal and witness statements). Primary internal point of contact.
    • Preparing Sanction guidelines in order to allow the EFL Executive to conclude disciplinary matters quickly and at minimal cost.
  • Other Panel Hearings: Providing advice in relation to other panel hearings, including arbitrations conducted under the auspices of the EFL’s Regulations.
  • Transfers and registrations:
    • Providing advice as required in in respect of transfer agreements, player contracts and other relevant documents to ensure compliance with EFL Regulations, FA Rules and the FIFA Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players.
    • Liaising with the FA and PL, along with other stakeholders to provide advice to Clubs on the implementation of FA Rules, PL Rules, EFL Regulations and FIFA RSTP.
    • Developing template clauses to assist Clubs in complying with Regulatory requirements.
  • Attending at internal management and other stakeholder meetings commensurate with the role.
  • Managing any instructed external legal advisers retained in support of projects, including as determined to be required in relation to matters above where agreed with the Chief Operating Officer.
  • In addition to the above, you will liaise with external counsel and football stakeholders (including the FA, Premier League, PFA and LMA) on matters as required.
  • To provide wider advice to other areas of the business as reasonably required, including regulatory legal work, general corporate advice, advice on any relevant internal policies and procedures.
  • Work proactively to provide necessary training to internal departments such as commercial as and when required.
  • Any other duties as reasonably required by the Chief Operating Officer.
  • Fulfil any training requirements necessary to maintain any professional qualification as well as otherwise directed in respect of the role.

Person Specification

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate: -

  • You should be fully qualified to practice (as either a solicitor or barrister) in the UK
  • A minimum of six (6) years’ post qualification experience gained within a leading law firm or in-house legal team.
  • Regulatory legal experience in a sporting environment, ideally football
  • Experience of contract law, including drafting, and risks of associated litigation
  • Good commercial awareness, with experience of negotiation
  • The ability to communicate complex legal matters in everyday terms
  • Experience of managing multiple work-streams to tight timescales
  • Excellent attention to detail and strong analytical and drafting skills
  • A proven ability to work both autonomously and as part of a team consisting of both legal and non-legal professionals
  • A proven ability to build rapport and establish trust at all levels and have strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Demonstrate a service-orientated approach to working and strong organisational skills


  • Knowledge of the EFL, its 72 member clubs and the wider footballing family

How to apply

Please fill out the application form and return to hr@efl.com. The deadline is the 27th May.

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