Chelsea FC looks to net first in-house legal adviser

Chelsea Football Club is set to hire its first in-house lawyer, following the example of other top clubs.

Unlike a number of its Premier League rivals- including Manchester United, Manchester City and Liverpool – Chelsea currently does not have any dedicated lawyers employed by the club.

The legal adviser position will be based at Stamford Bridge and requires a “minimum of three years’ experience with a major City practice”.

As well as advising on commercial contracts, intellectual property, EU, employment and sports law, the appointed legal adviser will supervise external firms’ work on arbitrations, disciplinary cases and commercial matters.

Externally, the club primarily works with Squire Sanders and Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom, whose London managing partner Bruce Buck is Chelsea’s chairman.

Skadden has been club owner Roman Abramovich’s (pictured) main legal adviser for a number of years, and acted on the Russian oligarch’s 2003 acquisition of the club.

Last year, the US-headquartered firm also successfully defended Abramovich in the £3.5bn case brought against him by Russian businessman Boris Berezovsky.

The successful candidate will work closely alongside Buck, club secretary David Barnard and report directly in to Chelsea’s chief executive Ron Gourlay.

A job description seen by Legal Week states “fluency in another European language (including Russian) would be a plus”, and that Chelsea aspires to be “best in breed…in an ever-changing legal and regulatory environment”.