Conflicts and AML Analyst
About Gowling WLG
Gowling WLG is an international law firm created by Gowlings, a leading Canadian law firm, and Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co (WLG), a leading UK-based international law firm. We built Gowling WLG to provide clients with legal services at home and around the world, and to help you succeed no matter how challenging the circumstances.
Gowling WLG clients have access to in-depth expertise in key global sectors along with a top-tier suite of legal services. With more than 1,400 legal professionals across offices in 18 cities worldwide and specialised expertise in countries around the globe, we’re positioned to help clients rise to the challenges they face – both today and tomorrow.
About the Team
Within Gowling WLG, the compliance and in-house legal services function is known as the General Counsel team. It is comprised of five sub-teams: Compliance, Professional Indemnity, Client and Matter Acceptance, Corporate Governance and Enterprise Risk Management.
We work in a business critical function which supports and assists the firm to ensure that it is compliant with relevant regulations and legislation, and seeks to monitor and minimise the risks from a financial and reputational point of view.
Main Purpose of the Job
To carry out, as part of the client and matter acceptance team, the checks and analysis required prior to client and matter acceptance; primarily, but not restricted to identity and conflict/confidentiality issues.
Main Duties and Responsibilities
- Carrying out conflict/confidentiality searches; identifying where issues of conflict may arise and/or where there may be concerns regarding material confidential information by examining and analysing often complex information and providing detailed feedback to fee earners and partners in compliance with the SRA Code of Conduct.
- Observing non-disclosure agreements in respect of client confidentiality and combination conflict handling
- Applying protocols to cross jurisdictional conflicts
- Using and navigating systems outside the UK
- Where possible, analysing proposed matters and existing matter files and applying SRA exceptions to conflicts of interest in order to achieve a workable solution.
- Carrying out client due diligence for individuals, corporate structures, partnerships, trusts, foundations and many others. Analysing corporate documentation, understanding and interpreting corporation information from global sources and ensuring the firm complies fully with its legal obligations regarding anti-money laundering and terrorist financing.
- Taking ownership of assigned KYC matters, ensuring information gathered is compliant with anti money laundering regulations and Law Society guidance and where necessary, liaising directly with clients to achieve this.
- Where required, handling firmly yet sensitively the reluctance from fee earners and partners to accept one's decision regarding a conflict of interest or client opening.
- In more complex cases, working with the Supervisor and Head of Conflicts & AML to investigate and resolve.
- Dealing with PA and fee earner enquiries regarding client and matter acceptance.
Key skills and experience
Educated to degree level, a law degree would be preferable. However, if not a graduate then some relevant experience in a regulatory or similar environment would be an advantage
- Undertaken and, ideally, completed the Legal Practice Course or Bar Vocational Course.
- Ability to understand and interpret complex corporate structures, legislation and Money Laundering Regulations.
- Knowledge and understanding of the SRA’s rules in relation to conflicts and confidentiality and The Law Society’s guidance on client due diligence and anti money laundering.
- Understanding of Canadian case law and the importance of client confidentiality when dealing with cross jurisdictional conflicts in a combination.
- Previous knowledge or experience of compliance/money laundering/regulatory issues would be an advantage
- Ability to analyse complex data.
- Excellent verbal and written communications skills.
- Ability to prioritise workload and work within tight deadlines.
- Team player with a flexible approach.
- Ability to keep calm under pressure and deliver excellent client service.
- Ability to build relationships at all levels.
Gowling WLG is committed both to promoting equality and diversity in the firm and to Equal Opportunities in employment. The firm believes in equality of opportunity regardless of race or racial group (including colour, nationality, ethnicity, national origins), religion, caste or belief, age, disability, gender, gender identity, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnerships, surrogacy, adoption and parental rights. This also includes any incidents of perceptive or associative discrimination and harassment.