Conflicts Lawyer

London (Central), London (Greater)
14 Sep 2017
13 Nov 2017
Role Classification
Contract Type
Experience Level
0-2yrs PQE, 2-5yrs PQE, 5+ yrs PQE

Conflicts Analyst opportunity in our Clearance Centre

Job Details

The Clearance Centre is a central part of the firm's risk management function and reports ultimately to the firm's General Counsel. 

Working in the London Clearance Centre you will be part of a team responsible for the management of conflicts of interest and associated compliance issues across Clifford Chance's global practice, including Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Your primary responsibility will be making decisions on whether new mandates can be accepted in the context of current conflicts and regulatory rules, and internal policies.

Key Responsibilities

The fundamental responsibility of the role is to analyse and make decisions on conflicts and other compliance issues for mandates to be undertaken by the Firm, taking into account legal / regulatory requirements as well as reputational and commercial conflict implications. Accordingly, the role includes the following responsibilities:

  • Assessing whether new mandates can be accepted in the context of current conflicts and other regulatory rules, as well as internal policies, across the full range of practice areas within the firm.
  • Assessing and making decisions on whether changes to existing mandates create any conflict or other compliance issues for the firm.  
  • Determining any applicable conditions upon which mandates can be accepted or continued.
  • Analysing information contained in the Firm's conflict management systems.
  • Liaising with both partners and lawyers to establish whether a conflict of interest exists, often in the context of a range of related matters, many of which are highly complex transactions.
  • Establishing information barriers.
  • Dealing with ad hoc questions/queries from Partners and lawyers relating to conflicts of interest and other engagement risk issues.

Skills and Qualifications

  • In order to perform this role you will be a qualified lawyer with experience of working in a commercial law environment;
  • Proven ability to solve problems in a methodical and practical way.
  • The ability to gather and analyse information and to use the results of that analysis to make effective decisions and find innovative solutions to problems. 
  • Ability to communicate persuasively and clearly with all members of the Firm, both orally and in writing.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Responsive to the demands of lawyers and have the ability to work under pressure and on your own initiative.
  • The ability to plan and organise effectively in order to meet business priorities. 
  • A quick learner able to adapt to new processes and technology.
  • The ability to form working relationships with others, both inside and outside of the Clearance Centre.

Company Summary

Clifford Chance is one of the world's leading law firms, helping clients achieve their goals by combining the highest global standards with local expertise. The firm has unrivalled scale and depth of legal resources across the three key markets of the Americas, Asia and Europe and focuses on the core areas of commercial activity: capital markets; corporate and M&A; finance and banking; real estate; tax; pensions and employment; litigation and dispute resolution.

Alongside world-class legal careers, Clifford Chance offers excellent opportunities in the support functions that underpin its business operations. By joining us in business services, you will help us to innovate in the way we deliver our services and enable us to run a successful multinational business that never stands still. Business services are integral to the running of the firm and are critical to its success. 

Information for Recruitment Agencies

Clifford Chance endeavours to recruit and fill vacancies directly. However, when we do need to engage with agencies, Clifford Chance operates within a preferred supplier list and will not be accepting unsolicited applications from non-PSL agencies for this role.

Equal Opportunities

It is the Firm's policy to treat all employees and job applicants fairly and equally regardless of their gender, marital or civil partnership status, race, colour, national or ethnic origin, social or economic background, disability, religious belief, sexual orientation, or age. Furthermore, the Firm will ensure that no requirement or condition will be imposed without justification which could disadvantage individuals purely on any of the above grounds.

The policy applies to recruitment and selection, terms and conditions of employment including pay, promotion, training, transfer and every other aspect of employment.

The Firm will regularly review its procedures and selection criteria to ensure that individuals are selected, promoted and otherwise treated according to their relevant individual abilities and merits.

The Firm is committed to the implementation of this policy and to a programme of action to ensure that the policy is, and continues to be, fully effective. All staff are required to comply with the policy and to act in accordance with its objectives so as to remove any barriers to equal opportunity. Any act of discrimination by employees or any failure to comply with the terms of the policy will result in disciplinary action.