FA blows final whistle on reshaped legal team

English football’s ­governing body the FA has completed the restructuring of its 11-strong legal ­function.

The reshuffle was overseen by group legal director and company secretary ­Alistair Maclean and was triggered by the departure of senior solicitor Rhodri Lewis for the Welsh Rugby Union last year.

Maclean has created the new roles of senior ­commercial solicitor and senior litigation solicitor. James Bonington has been promoted to the litigation role and Mary Guest has taken up the commercial solicitor position.

The legal team has also been restructured into three business units: commercial, litigation and company ­secretarial.

The commercial section covers areas such as broadcast rights, sponsorship and Wembley Stadium, while the litigation unit will be responsible for areas including ­governance, regulation and child protection, with the two units running alongside the existing company ­secretarial function.

The legal team has responsibility for all of the FA’s subsidiaries, including the St George’s Park National Football Centre, which is due to be completed in the next year, and Wembley ­Stadium.

The size of the team has increased by one following the hire of Hogan Lovells associate Victoria Head and Barlow Lyde & Gilbert ­associate Richard Bush.