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Disciplinary Officer

Swim England
Loughborough, Leicestershire
£47,700 to £65,000 (FTE) dependent on skills and experience
Closing date
3 Jul 2024

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3 years, 4 years, 5 years, 6 years, 7 years+
Barrister, Solicitor

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As the recognised national governing body for swimming, artistic swimming, diving and water polo in England, Swim England helps people learn how to swim, enjoy the water safely, and compete in all our sports.

Our Vision is to champion a healthy and successful nation through swimming and aquatic activity. The ability to swim is a life-skill that is essential to keep us safe in, on and around water. It is one of the nation’s most popular recreational activities enjoyed by millions of people in England.

Swim England, through aquatics, is uniquely placed to tackle inequalities and support health and wellbeing given the activities’ accessibility to people of all ages and abilities. On top of this, aquatics is made up of four amazing Olympic and Paralympic sports with our network of clubs and talent pathways supporting people to realise their full potential in the water.

In March of this year, we published in full the findings of an independent listening research report commissioned as part of our pledge to create a better future for everyone involved in aquatic sports. We are committed to only recruiting individuals who are as passionate as we are about being on this journey.

To find out more about what we do to work towards achieving our vision, download the full candidate pack from the job description button.

To find out more about what it’s like to work with us and the Swim England family visit our website and download a summary of our employee benefits here.

Be a part of our journey to inspire and engage the aquatic community. Dive into your next career opportunity with Swim England!

About The Role

We are seeking a qualified Solicitor / Barrister with significant advocacy skills, to join our team in the new role of Disciplinary Officer. 

This role has been introduced to support the transformation of judicial processes implemented as a result of our Heart of Aquatics action plan, and in response to the Sport Resolutions report completed by Louis Weston in 2023.

Reporting to the Director of Legal, this role will sit within the Legal Directorate, with the primary purpose of representing Swim England as the Disciplinary Officer in accordance with Swim England’s regulations. Key responsibilities include:

  • Represent Swim England before any person, body or panel established under the Judicial Regulations, and/or Safeguarding Regulations,
  • The preparation and delivery of sound legal argument to support representation,
  • Creation of legal documents to support any evidence provided on behalf of Swim England.
  • Preparation of legal bundles,
  • Investigate any direct referrals made to them for serious misconduct and decide whether to bring a complaint on behalf of Swim England.

Download the Job Description to see the full scope of the role, and person specification.   The role is based at our head office in SportPark, Loughborough, Leicestershire with the ability for home working.   As this is a new role, we envisage the working hours to be approx. 28 hours per week, including evening and weekend working to facilitate hearings and meetings. About You   In order to be shortlisted for the next stage in the process you must demonstrate within your application how you meet the following essential criteria:

  • Recognised professional qualification as a solicitor or barrister
  • Demonstrates significant advocacy experience
  • Experience within judicial processes
  • Experience of managing cases and preparing legal bundles

Please be advised that we cannot offer visa sponsorship and that you must have right to work in the UK to apply or be considered for this role. If you are a non UK/EU National, you must have an appropriate working Visa to undertake employment. You must also be working within the UK to apply or be considered for this role, due to the public liability insurance Swim England holds. Swim England is committed to inclusion and embracing the spirit of all equalities legislation. As a Disability Confident Employer, we actively encourage applications from disabled people. We recognise that the diversity of our workforce is not reflective of today’s society and we are currently operating a pilot scheme whereby applicants from ethnically diverse backgrounds can opt into our guaranteed interview scheme. Candidates that have opted into the scheme will be guaranteed an interview provided that they have demonstrated, within their application, that they meet the essential criteria for the role. When completing the application, applicants from ethnically diverse backgrounds are encouraged to ‘Opt In’ to the scheme, by ticking the box.

Where possible, Swim England will always make reasonable adjustments for accessibility to anyone who requires it. If you would like any of the documentation in a different format or would like to apply in a different way please get in touch via All appointments will be made on merit, following a fair and transparent process, in line with the Equality Act 2010. However, the organisation may employ positive action where candidates from underrepresented groups can demonstrate their ability to perform the role equally well.

Swim England is also committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment.

Please be aware that we use parsing software to extract key information from your CV, which you are able to review and edit within the application form. It is advisable to provide a simple text CV (i.e. no tables, images of text etc) to aid the transfer of information. Please review the information in your application form prior to submitting.

Strictly No Agencies Please   Interviews to take place on Wednesday 10th July 2024


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