Senior Associate/Associate


Tees Law







Practice Area:

Corporate - Sports & Media


United Kingdom


4-8 yrs PQE

Work city:

Cambridge, Chelmsford or Bishop's Stortford


Competitive + Excellent Benefits Package


Tees Law Logo 2022

Senior Associate/Associate

Sports & Media

4-8 yrs PQE


Due to increased client demand, Tees Law is offering the opportunity for a Senior Associate or Associate to join their growing Sports and Media team.

The team is interested in candidates with expertise in, and familiarity with sports governance and related corporate matters. This role would, in particular, suit a corporate solicitor looking to grow their career and reputation in the sports sector.

The role can be located in Cambridge, Bishop’s Stortford or Chelmsford and may be attractive to a candidate looking to relocate from London.

Role and Job Purpose

The primary purpose of this role is to provide corporate and governance advice to a range of sports clients, including International Federations, National Governing Bodies and professional clubs and teams across a range of sports. The candidate will also be required to support the team with business development activity as it continues to grow its sports law practice.

The position sits within the Corporate Department at Tees, and the candidate will also be required to lead on general corporate work, primarily for SMEs, start-ups and spin out companies, and family-owned businesses.

Key responsibilities of this role will include:

  • advising clients on good governance, drafting constitutional documents, designing and implementing governance frameworks, and advising on reforms and changes required to meet best practice and funding requirements;
  • drafting a range of sports rules and regulations and other codes, policies and procedures;
  • advising clients in varied aspects of corporate and partnership law including business and share acquisitions and disposals, shareholder agreements and joint ventures;
  • working and supporting the Wealth Management business in their work for sports individuals and financial investors in sport;
  • negotiating transaction documents whilst applying specialised knowledge and judgement; and
  • identifying opportunities to add value to clients, offering cross referrals and other services.

The role will require the management of a complex mixed caseload of client matters, providing high quality, pro-active legal advice which meets client needs.

This role will also have line management responsibility for one lawyer together with monitoring and supporting junior members of the team, delegating work as appropriate to maximise overall contribution and performance.

Core Requirements

Tees is looking for a highly driven and motivated candidate who will thrive on the challenge of growing the firm’s sports law practice, as well as approaching the provision of legal services differently. The successful candidate will have:

  • relevant legal qualifications and experience;
  • excellent academic achievement and understanding of the law, including a strong grounding in and knowledge of corporate law matters;
  • experience of advising on and managing significant corporate deals, joint ventures, partnerships and joint ventures with relevant experience in or exposure to the sports sector;
  • sound judgement;
  • strong drafting skills and first-rate attention to detail;
  • excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • good interpersonal skills and professionalism; and
  • an ability to work in sometimes difficult and pressured conditions, and to prioritise tasks appropriately and adapt to situational demands.

As a guide, this role would be most suitable for a qualified lawyer with around four to eight years’ post qualification experience, whether gained in a law firm and/or in-house.

Desired Requirements

The following experience would be an asset:

  • working knowledge of the Code for Sports Governance;
  • experience of drafting sports rules, regulations and codes; and
  • prior experience of supervision and/or line management.

Support and Benefits

If you are ambitious, driven, and want to work with a company focused on helping give the clients a better future, then you are aligned in Tees' aim to achieve that and empower you to be your absolute best. You will have a blended working schedule, giving you the freedom to arrange your days to benefit your commitments - in and out of the office. You will also receive access to a discount platform with a variety of perks, that caters to your individual needs. Tees understands that both the big and small details are important and believe that rewarding staff for their contributions and investing in their future is vital to the growth of the firm. Benefits include:

  • an attractive salary
  • discretionary payments
  • birthday holiday
  • 25 days annual leave, plus bank holidays with entitlement increasing with length of service
  • compassionate leave
  • employee assistance programme through Health Assured (including Counselling sessions, 24/7 access to trained Counsellors, Health Assessments, 4-week wellness programs, and more)
  • contributory pension
  • discounted legal services
  • discounted financial advice services
  • life assurance
  • permanent health insurance
  • interest free season ticket and travel loans
  • cycle to work scheme
  • eye care
  • access to a discount platform that includes special rate cinema tickets, shopping discounts and free treats from Cafe Nero and Greggs
  • discounted gym membership
  • social events throughout the year
  • payment for professional memberships and development opportunities

How To Apply

LawInSport Recruitment has 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 and covering letter to or click apply at the top of the page. The closing date is 31st October, 2022.

Tees is an equal opportunity employer, and especially encourages individuals with a disability and members of minority groups to apply.

All applications will be considered, however, please note that due to the large number of applications we receive, we are unable to give individual feedback, and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


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