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Legal Counsel (Commercial and Regulatory)

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Robert Walters is delighted to exclusively partner with Chelsea Football Club, to assist in recruiting a Legal Counsel to join their Commercial and Regulatory team. As a member of the Chelsea team, the successful candidate will become part of a club that proudly strives to be the best in everything they do, on and off the pitch.


  • Providing accurate, timely and commercially-minded legal advice on a range of commercial and regulatory matters, including to members of the Club’s senior management.
  • Supporting and leading on the negotiation and drafting of a multitude of commercial contracts.
  • Supporting and leading on litigation matters across all departments as the need arises.
  • Pro-actively working and assisting in tasks and initiatives to ensure the Club complies with its legal and statutory obligations.
  • Providing a positive and solutions-oriented approach to issues and challenges, often in relation to complex and innovative matters.
  • Embracing and demonstrating the Club’s values in manner, approach and output.
  • Assisting in the development and delivery of efficient legal processes within the Club.
  • Identifying and assuming responsibility for legal and non-legal projects. Working with departments across the Club to deliver projects in a timely and efficient manner.
  • Contributing to the development and roll-out of knowhow across the Club.
  • Working with the Club’s external advisors where necessary to ensure value and delivery within required timeframes.


  • Drive and enthusiasm, with an ability to demonstrate pro-active ownership and management of tasks and projects through to completion.
  • Professional with strong technical abilities, and a willingness to continue developing.
  • Excellent inter-personal and team working skills, that inspire trust and confidence both within the Club’s legal team and amongst its internal clients.
  • An ability to effectively identify and manage issues and risks. Adopting a positive ‘can do’ approach when seeking solutions.
  • Effectively manages time and competing demands, escalates and delegates work where appropriate. Keeps senior legal team members well informed of progress on matters.
  • Demonstrates a confident and persuasive communication style (verbal and written) which adapts to the audience and circumstances.
  • Takes pride in the provision of their work. Excellent attention to detail.
  • Ability to present and communicate complex information in a simple and compelling way
  • Well-organised, with an ability to effectively manage competing demands on occasions.


  • 1-2 PQE lawyer (desired level, however this is supplied as a guide and all candidates will be considered on merit); must be qualified to practice law in England and Wales.
  • Training and qualification at a leading City or regional law firm.
  • Demonstrable experience advising on commercial, regulatory and/or litigation matters.

The above Job Description is not intended to be exhaustive, the duties and responsibilities may therefore vary over time according to the changing needs of the Club.

Chelsea FC’s commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion:

At Chelsea we recognise that the diversity of our people is one of our greatest strengths and we are taking positive action to ensure our existing colleagues and job applicants can fully be themselves and bring their own unique experiences and perspectives to Chelsea FC. This means giving full and fair consideration to all applicants regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership, and pregnancy and parental status.

If you need reasonable adjustments made to the recruitment process, please liaise with your recruiter, who will be able to advise and support you.

Chelsea FC is fully committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of all children, young people and adults at risk (vulnerable groups). We therefore require all successful applicants to complete a DBS Check prior to starting employment. Depending on the role, successful applicants may also be required to undergo other child protection screening where appropriate.

Robert Walters Operations Limited is an employment business and employment agency and welcomes applications from all candidates

Contract Type: FULL_TIME

Specialism: Legal

Focus: Commercial Law

Industry: Legal

Salary: Negotiable

Workplace Type: Hybrid

Experience Level: Senior Management

Location: South West London

Job Reference: YI7P54

Date posted: 25 June 2024

Consultant: Julia Khong

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