Practice Area:

Regulation and Governance


United Kingdom

Work city:

EFL House, Preston

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Department: Governance and Legal
Responsible to: Heads of Legal – Regulatory and Commercial

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 legal team sit within the Governance Department of the EFL, and 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
  • Commercial agreements

Main areas of responsibility

  • You will provide general legal and administrative support to the existing solicitors within the business, i.e. the Chief Operating Officer, the Head of Legal – Commercial and Senior Regulatory Solicitor. That support will be wide ranging and varied, reflecting the breadth of work undertaken by the team but will include the following:
  • Regulatory:
    • Assisting with the drafting of proposals to amend the EFL Regulations.
    • Assisting with disciplinary related investigations, and the process of determining and sanctioning breaches of regulations.
    • Maintaining detailed files relating to investigations and managing a database of prior decisions.
  • Commercial
    • Assisting in the drafting and preparation of commercial agreements.
    • Assisting in the provision of general legal advice in other areas relevant to the business including consumer legislation, and regulations relating to advertising and promotion.
    • Working in conjunction with colleagues, undertaking necessary work to comply with subject access requests.
    • Maintain detailed files in relation to internal policies and procedures such as anti-bribery and procurement.
  • Work proactively with the department leads to provide necessary training to internal departments such as commercial as and when required

Person Specification

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate: -

  • Legal training
  • Excellent organisational skills, attention to detail and an ability to learn quickly
  • Strong analytical and research skills
  • The ability to work flexibly and adapt accordingly to achieve defined deadlines
  • Commercial and pro-active approach to day-to-day issues
  • Contribute to promoting equality and diversity as part of the culture of the organisation


  • Litigation and/or contentious regulatory experience
  • Familiarity with regulatory issues affecting football at a domestic level
  • Knowledge of the EFL, its 72 member clubs and the wider footballing family

How to apply

To apply please fill out this application and return to The closing date is Friday 27th May.

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