Neil Golding is a lawyer at at London-based Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Saracens have named lawyer Neil Golding as their new chairman as they look to recover from the salary cap scandal.

The club were deducted 35 points and fined £5.36m after an inquiry into business dealings between ex-chairman Nigel Wray and some Sarries players.

Wray retired after guiding the club to five Premiership and three European titles, but they are now bottom of the table following November’s ruling.

“I recognise I am joining at a time of significant change,” Golding said.

“We, as a board, are strongly committed to introducing new robust processes and working together with other Premiership Rugby Limited stakeholders in the best interests of Saracens and English rugby.”

Saracens said