Risk and Compliance Lawyer - Business Acceptance Team

London (Central), London (Greater)
26 Feb 2018
06 Apr 2018
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Practice Area
Contract Type
Experience Level
0-2yrs PQE, 2-5yrs PQE, 5+ yrs PQE

Purpose of job

To provide professional, efficient and high quality support to the Risk and Compliance Management team (“RCMAN”) and to the Compliance Team (“CT”) in managing the firm’s risk exposure on a range of legal and compliance issues relating to business acceptance (including conflicts, anti-money laundering (“AML”), sanctions, reputational and commercial risk)

What’s in it for you? 

• You will be an integral part of the Risk and Compliance team with responsibility for or supporting a number of key elements of the firm’s business acceptance risk management and compliance framework
• The Risk and Compliance team has a global and cross-functional advisory remit. Our aims are to promote a risk aware culture based on ethics and integrity and to ensure everyone is aware of and pro-actively manages risk at all levels across our business in a way that enables us to achieve our strategic and business objectives and protects our reputation
• We work closely with the Managing Partner, the Board, the Management Committee and our dedicated risk champions across the practice groups, in our international offices and within the Business Services departments
• This is a varied and challenging role which may over time be developed to increase scope and responsibility


• Facilitate the firm’s global client and matter acceptance processes, particularly by analysing complex issues across the range of business acceptance risks, including conflicts, AML, sanctions, reputational and commercial risk
• Act as a contact point for queries and referrals from within the CT and the business in relation to business acceptance risks and the interpretation of relevant legislation, contractual and policy requirements
• Coordinate with partners (and other fee earners) to identify/prevent/manage and resolve potential legal and commercial conflicts, AML and client due diligence and sanctions issues (or other legal, regulatory or professional issues which are relevant to a decision concerning whether the firm may accept a particular mandate or client) 
• Support RCMAN with due diligence into and approval of higher risk clients and matters
• Support the MLRO and/or Deputy MLRO in relation to Proceeds of Crime Act internal suspicion reports and, where necessary, liaising with the National Crime Agency in relation to the same; development and maintaining network of local MLPO officers 
• Support RCMAN in respect of other review, monitoring and external reporting requirements concerning economic sanctions issues; external reporting to OFSI, as required, and liaison with other offices in respect of this issue 
• Assist in the ongoing development, implementation and refinement of business enabling, risk-based compliance policy and procedures
• Carry out other discrete projects and any other tasks to support the efforts of the Risk & Compliance Department
• Assist with the delivery of awareness raising, education and  training activities to the CT and the business in relation to business acceptance risks
Experience and Knowledge 

• Legally qualified and admitted to practise in the UK (or another common law or EU jurisdiction) 
• Knowledge of legislation, ethical rules and guidelines and related compliance issues applicable to international law firms
• Expertise in at least two of the following three areas:
• Conflicts of interest
• Anti-money laundering and client due diligence
• Sanctions
• Experience working in a commercial (preferably international) environment

• Experience across the range of business acceptance risk issues including US conflict rules

Attitude and Skills
• Excellent research and analytical skills and experience
• Outstanding communication skills both oral and written; with an ability to articulate complex issues in an accurate, concise and clear manner; appropriately selects best communication medium; understands the importance of adapting communication style to different situations, individuals and stakeholders
• Ability to take ownership of issues and run with them through completion; identifying the key elements of a complex problem and able to apply the relevant legislation, regulatory rule, policy or procedure to create a sensible / risk based solution; considering the practical nature of advice when proposing a solution, including the risks, for the business
• Diligent/strong work ethic
• Shows initiative, is proactive and takes ownership of their own workload without repeated escalation; copes with unanticipated events; anticipates and explores the possibility for change; creates new ideas to add value and puts them to senior colleagues
• Displays awareness of commercial environment and understands significant of matters in the wider context of the firm’s business
• Prioritising and multitasking skills; taking responsibility for prioritising work; flexible and adapts to pressure and changing demand on time; comfortable working on more than one piece of work at a time
• Proactively seeks out new experiences, challenges and training opportunities to develop knowledge and skills; seeks feedback and is able to self-assess own performance accurately; actively participates in own development
• Trustworthy with the ability to display discretion when dealing with confidential and sensitive information
• Personable and good team working skills and a sense of humour
• Language skills are an advantage (particularly Mandarin, Cantonese, Russian, German or Arabic)


• As a regulated firm of solicitors, Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP (“BLP”) is required to undertake appropriate vetting of staff. In addition to completion, by applicants who accept a job offer, of a regulatory questionnaire, BLP uses a specialist provider to undertake professional verification and background checks (including through electronic data sources, and directly with employers and professional bodies/regulators) on our behalf. We will also undertake certain verifications ourselves

• BLP adopts a risk-based approach to its vetting procedures, which are only undertaken with consent, and in accordance with it legal and regulatory obligations. For further details, please see our recruitment website:https://jobs.blplaw.com/

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