Rugby Football Union (RFU) legal officer Jonathan Hall is leaving to join the Football Association (FA).
Hall replaces director of corporate and legal affairs Nicholas Coward, who is taking a break from the game after eight years of service, including a spell as acting chief executive between the reigns of Adam Crozier and current chief Mark Palios.
Hall became the RFU’s first lawyer in 1999, following five years with Mark McCormack’s sports marketing agency International Management Group (IMG). He qualified with Baker & McKenzie.
The FA has undergone something of a management shake-up since Palios took over as chief executive. Alex Home took over as director of finance and special projects, Colin Gibson was recruited as director of communications and Sir Trevor Brooking was installed as director of football.
The news of Hall’s appointment should please Denton Wilde Sapte, which advises both governing bodies.
Hall’s other advisers at the RFU include Hammonds, Olswang, Edwin Coe and Blandy & Blandy.