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Liverpool Football Club: Solicitor - Commercial & Digital Media

Liverpool Football Club: Solicitor - Commercial & Digital Media

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Liverpool and Merseyside
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Liverpool Football Club: Solicitor - Commercial & Digital Media (c. 2-3 PQE)

Liverpool Football Club is one of the world's most iconic football clubs. It has a strong heritage, a community focus and a clear brand identity which resonates worldwide.

Founded in 1892, the Club the most successful British club in European competition having won five European Cups, three UEFA Cups and 3 UEFA Super Cups. Liverpool FC has also won 18 league titles, seven FA Cups and a record eight League Cups.

In 2010, following its acquisition by Fenway Sports Group, The Club embarked on a new and exciting phase of its history. This includes the re-development of the Anfield stadium, scheduled for completion in time for the 2016/17 season.

Based in Liverpool city centre, the legal team operates as an integral part of the Club, working as true business partners to support commercial success. As the Club continues to grow, an opportunity has arisen for a talented lawyer to join our growing legal team and play a part in our success on and off the pitch.

In this role, you will report into the Head of Legal, supporting the Club on its numerous Commercial, Digital Media and Operations matters, and the regulatory framework related to the same. In particular, you will provide advice and guidance across the following range of activities:

- Digital Media: providing legal support to the Club's Digital Media department including website (local and international), the Club's own television channel LFCTV and the broadcast of the same, digital licensing arrangements within the parameters of the Premier League regulatory framework, and mobile apps etc;
- Supply arrangements: advising and drafting various business terms and conditions of purchase and/or sale across the Club;
- Retail: supporting the growth of our international retail offering. This will include drafting franchise, distribution and licensing agreements;
- Ticketing and Hospitality: advising the Ticketing and Hospitality team on various legal aspects including sales agreements, terms and conditions of sale and wider sales plan;
- Pre-season tours and friendlies: drafting and negotiation of the Club's match and tour agreements including sponsorship, broadcast, stadium hire and travel elements;
- Soccer Schools: providing advice and drafting agreement in relation to the Club's international football academy arrangements;
- Official Partnerships: drafting, advising on and negotiating international sponsorship deals with support from the wider legal team;
- Corporate Governance: supporting the implementation and management of corporate governance processes and procedures.

The Club is looking for a bright and ambitious commercial / digital media lawyer with a strong academic background, solid training from a reputable law firm or recognised in-house legal department, and demonstrable commercial acumen. The ability to build and maintain strong relationships with the internal customer base, and externally with advisers is essential, as is the ability to work on specific tasks autonomously with minimal supervision, or as part of a team. Robust experience of drafting and negotiating contracts, with the ability to see broader commercial issues is essential.

It is anticipated that you will have between 2-3 years' PQE in commercial and digital media law and you will preferably be working in-house at present. Existing experience of working for a recognised brand or sports organisation would be extremely beneficial.

If you would like to find out more about this opportunity, please contact our exclusively retained consultants Mark Levine and Craig Wilson at BCL Legal on 0161 819 7475. Email: liverpoolfc@bcllegal.com

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