AML Manager

London (Central), London (Greater)
12 Mar 2018
11 May 2018
Role Classification
Other Professional
Contract Type
Experience Level

The firm

Dentons is always looking to invest in the highest-quality talent, recognising that our success is built on the diverse and unique strengths of each of the members of our Firm.

Dentons is the world's largest law firm, delivering quality and value to clients around the globe. Dentons is a leader on the Acritas Global Elite Brand Index, a BTI Client Service 30 Award winner and recognized by prominent business and legal publications for its innovations in client service, including founding Nextlaw Labs and the Nextlaw Global Referral Network. Dentons' polycentric approach and world-class talent challenge the status quo to advance client interests in the communities in which we live and work.

The department

Our team of business services staff play a significant role in the success of Dentons, and we recruit staff into a wide variety of areas. Here, we look for focused, flexible individuals from a variety of backgrounds who are team players. Previous experience within the legal sector is not essential. We want to give everyone the opportunity to develop his or her potential fully and, therefore, provide support, training and encouragement to members of staff at all levels.

Purpose of role

To support the Global Head of AML to advise, design and implement effective controls and policies to ensure the firm and its staff comply with applicable anti-money laundering laws and regulations, international financial sanctions, bribery laws and professional conduct rules across the EMEA region.  To develop and manage the AML Team responsible for client on-boarding and for providing advice to the Firm on financial crime and other risk issues. 

The salary for this role is competitive.

The closing date for applications is 05/04/2018.


Management responsibilities

  • Day to day responsibility for managing the AML Team across multiple locations, ensuring the team works efficiently and effectively to review and clear new business as quickly as possible.
  • Managing, developing and improving an effective new client and new matter intake system, procedures and policy.
  • Dealing with employee related issues (appraisals, holiday, hiring new members with Global Head approvals etc).
  • Ensuring members of the AML Team communicate effectively with all stakeholders and AML service users and offer proactive, timely and useful assistance
  • Training new and existing members of the team on new business intake system, policies and procedures and legal developments.  
  • Training new lawyers in the team on a range of legal skills from drafting to communication to negotiation.
  • Being a point of escalation for team members , within the Global structure and within the broader Firm.

AML, Sanctions and Bribery Responsibilities

  • Managing the review and approval of new matters and clients.
  • Conducting AML/CDD searches.
  • Escalation point for resolving complex AML issues.
  • Advising on a wide range of AML related queries from Partners and Fee Earners.
  • Advising the Firm on sanctions and ABC compliance and escalating as appropriate to senior stakeholders.
  • Drafting, updating and implementing policies and procedures relating to AML, matter opening and sanctions compliance with minimal or no supervision.   
  • Keeping up-to-date with new and amended compliance laws worldwide relating to AML, client care and sanctions and anti-bribery and corruption and relevant case law.
  • Drafting communications and updates to the broader firm on developments in internal policy or law.
  • Negotiating and drafting a range of legal documents, including client terms, NDAs, Service Level Agreements and Software Agreements and other commercial documents.
  • Advising on the application of international financial sanctions and obtaining licences.
  • Handling complex matter opening issues including taking into account local requirements (where applicable).
  • Conduct AML audits, co-ordinating remediation and recommending changes of policy.
  • Providing a 'concierge' service to partners at the firm by liaising with clients directly on AML issues, either in person, on the phone or in writing.
  • Managing and advising on policies for working together arrangements with other verein members.
  • Developing and delivering AML, Sanctions, ABC and NBI training to AML team,  fee earners, trainees and support staff.
  • Assists with AML investigations and reporting Suspicious Activity Reports.
  • Assists on projects supporting the Global Heads (AML, Conflicts) and Global Chief Legal Officer.

Required experience, skills and attributes

Technical Skills

  • Must be a qualified and admitted lawyer with previous legal experience gained in a fee earning or commercial in-house role
  • At least five years or more AML/Risk or legal experience working in a law firm or a professional services environment.
  • Previous experience in drafting and negotiating a range of legal documents, including NDA's, Service Level Agreements, Terms of Engagement, Software Agreements and other commercial documents.
  • Previous experience advising on AML, Sanctions and ABC risks and how to mitigate these.
  • Must be comfortable dealing with laws and regulations from a variety of jurisdictions.
  • An excellent knowledge of relevant compliance rules and regulations, including (but not limited to) publicity, client care, conflicts of interest, confidentiality, anti-bribery and corruption, money laundering legislation/regulation, UN/UK/US/EU Sanctions Regulations, and other international laws and regulations.
  • Demonstrable advanced research and drafting skills. 
  • Experience in critically reviewing, updating and amending policies, procedures and precedents in plain English with minimal supervision, consulting with stakeholders where appropriate.
  • Experience in drafting and submitting SARs.
  • Able to identify and resolve deficiencies and gaps in existing policies, procedures and precedents.
  • Able to engage the broader Firm to build relationships, resolve issues and mitigate risks.
  • Able to design and deliver training programs to new team members and the broader firm on AML, sanctions and ABC issues
  • Analyse issues and draw conclusions, producing accurate and reasoned opinions on a range of regulatory issues.
  • Able to communicate persuasively and effectively by telephone, in writing and in person and deal with situations of conflict effectively, professionally and sensitively.
  • Detailed working knowledge and understanding of the rules and regulations that apply to law firms.
  • An understanding of Intapp NBI system or Frayman Compliguard NBI, Elite and the billing processes.
  • PC literate with a good working knowledge of MS Office, e.g. Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.
  • Able to keep all general administration up-to-date and under control.

People Management/Team working

  • Previous experience leading a team across multiple office locations, providing positive and clear direction and purpose.
  • Able to supervise, motivate, coach and mentor a team, supporting team members in their professional development.
  • Previous experience training junior lawyers on legal skills.
  • Actively engage and develop team members, identify their individual strengths and use them effectively.
  • Set challenging but realistic objectives for the team and monitor team members to ensure and assist them to meet deadlines and KPIs.
  • Able to be a point of escalation while also being able to effectively handle own workload.
  • Delegate effectively to ensure team members continue to develop their knowledge and expertise.

General Skills

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills including developed public speaking skills
  • Able to interact at all levels within the firm and a good team player.
  • Have a customer focused, solutions orientated approach.
  • Manage and prioritise a high number of competing demands and deliver results within tight deadlines to a high standard for stakeholders around the world and across different timezones.
  • Able to make quick decisions based on information available, considering all the consequences and anticipating potential issues.
  • Able to successfully influence others and engage stakeholders, taking individual attitudes and agendas into account.
  • Able to build persuasive arguments and achieve buy-in for new programmes and projects.
  • Demonstrate energy and drive particularly during busy periods, encouraging others to recognise and achieve the firm's and Compliance's goals and objectives.
  • Able to identify project objectives, develop a plan to meet the objectives and monitor progress towards those objectives.
  • Take an efficient and organised approach to dealing with administration. 
  • Able to be an ambassador for Dentons, being professional in outlook and attitude.

Language Capabilities

We are a truly global law firm and as such, always welcome hearing from those with foreign language capabilities.

Equal opportunities

Dentons is committed to providing equal opportunities for all. If, as a result of a disability, you believe that there are aspects of the recruitment process or job that you would find more difficult than a non-disabled person, please tell us as soon as possible. We will then be able to discuss with you any reasonable adjustments that could be made to the recruitment process or the job itself.

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