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Commercial (COM24)

The role includes:

  • Working in the market-leading firm in the industry, with outstanding breadth of work across the sports and media sectors;
  • Advising on a wide variety of commercial and contractual matters;
  • Advising clubs, agents and players on a variety of football transactional documents, including transfer agreements, playing contracts, agency arrangements and image rights arrangements;
  • Advising on commercial rights agreements, including sponsorship, licensing, broadcast and other content exploitation;
  • Advising on general commercial contracts, including supply arrangements, terms and conditions, agency, distribution etc.;
  • Exposure to the firm’s existing stellar client base to service their needs and drive new work opportunities; and
  • The opportunity to undertake a wide range of business development initiatives working with colleagues in the firm’s other practice areas.

Specific Role Requirements:

  • 1 to 4 years PQE (although we will consider outstanding candidates outside this range);
  • Legally qualified to practice as a solicitor in England & Wales;
  • Office based role with some hybrid working;
  • Experience of advising on a wide range of commercial matters detailed above; and
  • Experience advising on sports and media related matters is desirable, but not essential.

Employment (EMP24)

The role includes:

  • Working within an exciting employment law practice in the market-leading firm in the industry, with outstanding breadth of work across the sports and media sectors;  
  • High-quality, varied and interesting employment work;  
  • Football transactional documentation and associated regulatory work; 
  • Drafting and negotiating service agreements for high-profile senior executives and employees within football and other sports, including managers, coaches, players and sporting directors; 
  • Advising on employment issues across a number of sports, including the provision of support to other parts of the team including corporate, commercial, regulatory/litigation and immigration; 
  • Advising federations, leagues, clubs, players, athletes, agents and other stakeholders in employment related disputes before a variety of dispute resolution forums, including the Employment Tribunal and appellate tribunals and courts, Premier League’s Manager’s Arbitration Tribunal and FA Rule K arbitration; 
  • Opportunity to build on your skills through a rare opportunity to have day-to-day involvement at the highest level in a sought-after sector; and 
  • Involvement in a widely varied caseload coupled with a unique opportunity to help grow the firm’s employment work with the existing team. 

Specific Role Requirements:

  • 2 to 5 years’ PQE (although we will consider outstanding candidates outside this range); 
  • Legally qualified to practise as a solicitor in England & Wales; 
  • Office based role with some hybrid working;
  • Varied and extensive experience within employment law; 
  • Both contentious and non-contentious employment experience; 
  • Tribunal experience is desired; and 
  • Experience advising on sports and media related matters is desirable, but not essential.

Graduate Opportunities

As part of the ongoing growth of the firm, Centrefield is delighted to have launched new graduate recruitment programme for aspiring solicitors. The successful applicant(s) will have the opportunity to work with and learn from some of the most experienced and well-respected sport and media lawyers in a collaborative environment and gain exposure to a range of practice areas, including player/athlete contracts and transfers, dispute resolution, commercial, regulatory and governance, disciplinary and integrity, employment and immigration.

We are able to offer flexibility in terms of the specific role, route to qualification and potential start date, working with the successful candidate(s) to determine the most appropriate arrangements – our focus is on finding the right candidates, who are highly motivated to progress their career in a market-leading sports and media firm. For the role(s), we are looking for applicants who fulfil the General Centrefield Requirements, which can be found here.

Please note that our application process for the first phase of our graduate recruitment programme is now closed and we are therefore not currently accepting applications for this role. Future application periods for subsequent phases of our graduate recruitment programme will appear here, so please keep an eye on the website if this may be of interest.

Centrefield is an Equal Opportunities organisation.

Working with us

General Centrefield Requirements Applicable to All Roles

For each role, we are looking for candidates who satisfy the following criteria:

  • Excellent academics;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • Language skills desirable;
  • Entrepreneurial mind-set to business development;
  • Experience in working collaboratively with colleagues;
  • Ability to think and plan strategically;
  • Ability to work to tight deadlines and be able to work flexibly as some evening and weekend work may be required;
  • Excellent administrative and organisational skills;
  • Work with honesty, integrity and be culturally sensitive; and
  • Eligible to work in the UK.

Benefits:

  • Working with some of the highest profile clients in world sport;
  • Rare opportunity to work within a highly desired sector, with a top rated firm in Chambers and Legal 500;
  • Excellent opportunities for career growth;
  • Joining a friendly and supportive team; and
  • Flexible working opportunities.

Application process

Please send a detailed application, explaining which role you are applying for (please include the appropriate reference), why you would be suitable for the role and also include your CV by email to careers@centrefield.law or by post to Recruitment Partner, Centrefield LLP, 7 Constance Street, Knott Mill, Manchester M15 4JQ.

Centrefield is an Equal Opportunities organisation.