International Tennis Federation
6+ Years PQE
Roehampton, South West London
From Playground to Podium: As an organisation the ITF has a significant influence in tennis. We are involved in everything from inspiring grassroots initiatives to elite international competitions and all that falls in between. We have a touchpoint at every stage of a player’s career across all levels and formats of tennis. From grassroots campaigns to the Davis and Billie Jean King Cup podium, the ITF is engaged and committed to delivering tennis for future generations.
Job Title: Senior Commercial Counsel
Department: Legal Services, Integrity & Development
Reporting To: Executive Director, Legal Services, Integrity & Development
Location: Roehampton, South West London
International Tennis Federation (ITF) is the world governing body of tennis. Founded in 1913, its purpose is to ensure the long-term growth and sustainability of the sport, delivering tennis for future generations in association with its 210 member nations. The ITF oversees the rules and regulations that govern international and national competition.
The ITF is responsible for the worldwide development of tennis through its highly-regarded Development Programme, its Science and Technical department which monitors equipment and technology, and its Officiating department which oversees the education and advancement of officials. The ITF organises over 1,500 weeks of men’s, women’s and junior tournaments on the ITF World Tennis Tour, and also manages the ITF junior team competitions, ITF Beach Tennis Tour, UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour and the ITF Seniors Circuit. The ITF is the owner and rightsholder of the two largest annual international team competitions in tennis, Davis Cup by Rakuten and Billie Jean King Cup by BNP Paribas, and manages the Olympic Tennis Event on behalf of the IOC. The ITF upholds the highest standards of integrity and manages the Tennis Anti-Doping Programme on behalf of the sport and is a partner in the International Tennis Integrity Agency.
The Legal Department was established in 2017, and now has four full-time lawyers that advise the ITF on a range of legal issues including sporting regulation and disciplinary matters (including safeguarding), corporate governance and ethics, licensing of commercial rights, data protection and other general legal matters. The department endeavours to provide pragmatic and commercial advice, as well as educate colleagues and improve working practices more generally. The team works closely to apply the right mix of expertise to each issue, as well as ensure back-up cover. External counsel is used where appropriate.
We are looking for a Senior Commercial Counsel to lead on all commercial contractual and legal matters and provide advice and guidance to the Directors, Board and other departments. Responsibilities may also include line management of Commercial Counsel, legal assistance with miscellaneous issues and deputising for the Executive Director, Legal Services as applicable.
This role reports to the Executive Director, Legal Services, with regular contact with the Chief Operating Officer.
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