Nick Carter works in the legal department of the football club Manchester City. There are two full-time employees the department and usually one or two trainees. Both full-time lawyers work with the players’ contracts and agreements with their agents, with agreements on the use of the rights to the images and sponsorship agreements – all this in addition to business routine.
Many people think that staff lawyers are working strictly in the “regular” hours. Not at all, says Gibson. We have to work a lot, because there’s no indicators and billable hours, only results are important. Legal departments are usually small in size and have few hierarchical levels, so less likely to increase. To move forward, you need to explore new areas of knowledge.