Regulatory Legal Advisor


British Horseracing Authority







Practice Area:

Regulation and Governance


United Kingdom


Post Qualification

BHA Logo 2022Role Purpose

The Regulatory Legal Advisor reports in to the Head of Regulation and is accountable for regulatory legal advice, providing legal support to the Regulatory team and undertaking the BHA’s case management function for prosecutions for breaches of the Rules of Racing. The role includes the preparation of cases, including drafting of advices and charges, case presentation, and the continual review and updating of new rules and regulations .

The BHA is the governing body of what many consider to be the best racing in the world. It is responsible for promoting, representing and regulating the sport, which is at the heart of a major leisure and entertainment sector, a leading betting product and the focus of an important breeding sector.

In contributing to this broad objective, the specific role of the department is to ensure that British Horseracing is seen as a capable and progressive regulator, delivering high levels of integrity whilst at the same time working towards delivering the right conditions to ensure growth of the sport; ensuring the highest standards of regulation, and promoting confidence within the whole sport. As such, fairness between participants, clarity and consistency, and the promotion of the safety and welfare of horses and people in the sport are key.


Departments - Regulatory

Stakeholders - Consultation with the NTF, PJA, ROA, and others

Key Projects - Rules re-write

Principal Responsibilities

  • Case manage, and remain a key point of contact for prosecutions brought under the Rules of Racing.
  • Drafting, advising on and finalising any witness statements, other documentation or correspondence in relation to any Inquiry.
  • Advise on any formal objections by the Authority to the licensing or registration of individuals considered unsuitable to participate in the sport.
  • Provide regulatory legal advice to employees of the BHA when required.
  • Present cases to the Disciplinary Panel at Inquiry, or instruct legal Counsel and assist them in the preparation of cases where appropriate.
  • Continuously seek to update the Authority’s procedures in the above areas to ensure efficiency of process.
  • Continuously develop working knowledge of the Rules of Racing and assist with drafting Rule amendments for submission to the Rules Committee.
  • Update, and be accountable for regular Progress Reports to the Head of Regulation, Chief Regulatory Officer and the Disciplinary Officer if required.
  • Any other duties as required by the Head of Regulation.
  • Assist with and play an active role in ongoing projects within the organization.

As the needs of the business change rapidly this role will change accordingly, therefore these responsibilities should be viewed as guidelines which are subject to change.

person Specification


  • A legal qualification is essential (law degree or conversion course equivalent).
  • Fully qualified lawyer holding an appropriate practising certificate (Law Society/Bar Standards Board) is advantageous (NQ-6 years PQE)
  • Previous experience managing a large and complex caseload within a confidential legal environment.
  • Experience of operating in a confidential and sensitive manner
  • High level of computer literacy and competent user of MS Office packages, particularly Word, Access, Excel and Outlook
  • Experience of dealing with a high volume of varied legal related administration is desirable.
  • Strong organisational skills with the ability to multi-task, deal with a high volume of administrative tasks and prioritise, to deliver results to tight deadlines with the minimum of supervision
  • Ability to set up own administration processes or follow existing procedures
  • Proven ability as an effective communicator, both written and oral, coupled with excellent attention to detail with a meticulous approach.
  • Able to display a high level of discretion and diplomacy, even under pressure.

Personal Qualities

  • Professional outlook and approach
  • Excellent inter-personal and team working skills.
  • Confident and assertive with the capability and will to develop self.
  • Demonstrable ability to use initiative and be proactive.
  • Highly organised with the ability to multi-task and manage several projects at various stages whilst remaining calm and professional.
  • Enthusiastic and dedicated.
  • Discreet and will maintain confidences.
  • An ability to initiate and implement change.
  • Ability to exercise effective judgment within constrained time-scales and resources in the light of competing pressures.
  • To maintain a culture that is in line with the BHA Values and Behaviour Framework.
  • A strong interest in horseracing or an empathy and association with the aims and objectives of the regulatory body for horseracing.

Special Circumstances 

  • Practising Certificate and Continuing Professional Development funding (if qualified)

How to apply

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