Solicitor – R&A

Full Time –Monday to Friday – 9.00am to 5.00pm - St Andrews

Salary - Competitive DOE

Reporting to Head of Legal

Based in St Andrews, The R&A runs professional championships including The Open and the AIG Women’s British Open, elite amateur events, international matches and rankings.  The R&A, through R&A Rules Ltd, governs the sport worldwide, outside of the United States and Mexico, on behalf of over 36 million golfers in 143 countries and with the consent of 157 organisations from amateur and professional golf. The R&A is at the forefront in modernising the sport and making it more relevant to today’s society.

The R&A’s purpose is to make golf more accessible, appealing and inclusive and to ensure it is thriving 50 years from now.

Role and Responsibilities

  • To assist the Head of Legal in providing legal advice to The R&A Group of Companies and The Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews
  • Drafting and negotiating contracts for the procurement of goods and services, rights agreements relating to R&A Championships and other commercial contracts
  • Advising on data protection compliance
  • Advising on intellectual property matters including licensing, enforcement and management of The R&A’s trade mark portfolio
  • Support on property matters including land rental agreements for R&A Championships.
  • Drafting, updating and managing policies and procedures
  • Assisting with reporting to senior management, the Board and committees on legal matters

Qualifications and Experience 

  • 2-4 years PQE.
  • Must be a qualified solicitor admitted to practise in Scotland
  • Experience of drafting and negotiating commercial contracts
  • Experience of advising clients on data protection compliance
  • Experience of intellectual property law and intellectual property contracts
  • A knowledge and interest in golf and of working in the sports industry is advantageous


In addition, the successful candidate will require:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to deliver accurate, high quality work to tight deadlines
  • Confidentiality and discretion required at all times
  • Effective time and matter management skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate effectively and professionally

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