Scotland/Remote (Hybrid) - Legal Counsel (NQ-2)

Employer
Dentons
Location
Any UK office or remote
Salary
Competitive
Closing date
29 Oct 2022

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Vacancy Type
Solicitors – Private Practice
Contract Type
Permanent
Experience Level
0-2yrs PQE
Role Classification
Lawyer
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Job Details

The department

The Office of the General Counsel (OGC) manages complex legal and risk issues for the Firm, our Board, executive management, our lawyers and staff. We focus on all elements of professional practice risk, including claims, complaints, core regulatory compliance, enterprise risk management, legal advisory, and governance.

The team is spread across three locations: London, Glasgow, and Dubai, and is made up of qualified lawyers and other qualified specialists. This enables us to provide a unique perspective on and fashion innovative solutions for the risk issues that arise across the Firm.

Purpose of role

Legal Counsel will be directly responsible to the UKIME Assistant General Counsel (AGC) for:

  • Supporting the team in the management of claims, and complaints, responding to day-to-day compliance issues, and working closely with senior members of the OGC;
  • undertaking at least one significant risk and compliance project for the Firm each year
  • advising on an ongoing basis on Modern Slavery Act requirements  and anti-bribery and corruption;
  • advising on Financial Services and Markets Act compliance policies, procedures, audits, and investigations for the UKME Region;
  • managing DSARs, information requests, and data protection reviews together with the General Counsel team;
  • assisting the AGC with strategic and operational planning and risk assessments;
  • advising on and managing conflicts, engagement, liability and other professional practice, ethics, and conduct queries; and
  • day-to-day management of the contract review and legal procurement process for the UKIME Region.

Responsibilities

  • Working with the AGC on the Designing, implementing, maintainenance, and monitoring of effective compliance programs for the UK region.
  • Reviewing and approving client's terms of business, pitches, tenders, and amendments to standard terms and maintaining an effective system for the notification, review, and analysis of such terms. 
  • Assisting with ISO Audits and Client Audits.
  • Reviewing and assisting with client panel terms, RFPs and bids
  • Responding to regulatory audits and assisting the AGC with regulatory and internal investigations arising across the UK.
  • Promoting a positive compliance and risk culture across all offices in the UK. 
  • preparing and delivering training sessions on regulatory and compliance topics internally to the Firm;
  • Horizon scanning for points of regulatory or legislative significance.
  • Identifying regulatory risks to the business, reporting those to the AGC, and formulating an effective response to those risks, including operating the firm’s risk register and department risk log.
  • Monitoring the regulatory environment and planning and implementing responses to change when needed (both in terms of internal compliance precedent updates and firm-wide policy revisions).
  • Advising the firm on the application of the SRA Regulatory framework and designing, implementing, and maintaining policies, procedures, and controls to ensure compliance with these requirements.
  • Monitoring and reporting on regulatory non-compliance.
  • Providing regulatory compliance advice to the business including advice on sanctions, ABC, SRA, and FSMA advice and design, implementation, and management-related compliance programs.
  • Assisting the AGC and OGC team in ensuring demonstrable compliance with the Solicitors Regulation Authority for the UK.

General Counsel Support

  • Assisting the AGC with minimal supervision to manage claims against the firm.
  • Assist the AGC to notify the circumstances of the Firm insurers.
  • Assist the AGC to review and answer questions from the practice about our insurance coverage.

Required experience, skills and attributes

The candidate should have experience in all aspects of this role with strong interpersonal skills and must display strong academics.

The candidate must be a qualified solicitor, NQ – 2 years PQE (this is indicative of the level of experience only and others will be considered), and if not a UK solicitor then is working towards UK qualification in addition to maintaining their overseas qualifications. 

Experience working in a top-tier international law firm or international in-house team is highly desirable.

The General Counsel Department has a strong teamwork ethic and a first-class client management approach.  It is essential that candidates are team players and committed to developing personally and professionally.

The 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.  www.dentons.com.

Diversity & Inclusion

Essential to our success as a global law firm is our ability to attract and retain the best talent from a diverse range of backgrounds. We want a work environment where everyone can reach their potential and we have an inclusive culture that respects individual differences.

We undertake and support a number of internal and external initiatives aimed at increasing diversity within the profession and we encourage all our partners and staff to get involved. We welcome you to learn more about diversity and inclusion at Dentons.

Equal opportunities

Dentons is committed to providing equal opportunities for all. We welcome applications from candidates with disabilities and support those in the workplace who have a disability. Any disability disclosure will be dealt with confidentially and sensitively and if you want to speak directly to a member of our team, please email recruitment.matters@dentons.com.

NO AGENCIES PLEASE

If you are interested in applying for this position, we welcome direct applications via our careers page, but if you have any questions beforehand please email recruitment.matters@dentons.com – Enquiries only please, applications will not be accepted via email.

Please note that we will not accept unsolicited CVs sent to the business, nor will we accept any associated terms of business. 

Company

Looking for a firm where you can realise your potential and build a rewarding career? Then apply yourself at Dentons.

Dentons is the world's largest law firm, with more than 12,000 lawyers and professionals. It is a force for innovation and change in the commercial legal market today.

The legal profession is changing rapidly and Dentons is leading the way in advancing change for the benefit of clients. We are driven to challenge the status quo, delivering consistent and uncompromising quality and value to our clients in new and innovative ways.

Global and local market forces are rapidly changing the practice of law. Clients expect high-quality, seamless service delivered faster, cheaper and better everywhere. Globalisation and the corresponding desire to protect cultural identity are creating challenges and opportunities for law firms around the world. By joining Dentons, you can help us meet these challenges.

Our vision is to be the law firm of the future, right now. Our strategy is to grow, integrate and reinvent our business. You have the opportunity to help build the law firm of the future and be a part of the strategy that gets us there.

Who do we hire?

One of the things that makes Dentons unique is our polycentric approach: we have no one global headquarters and no dominant national culture. That means that, here in the UK and Ireland, we have colleagues performing all functions of the Firm. We not only hire qualified lawyers and other fee earners, but also the full suite of business support professionals.

Our UK and Ireland core values are important to us – "Always Human", "Stronger Together", "Here to Win". This helps to shape our culture and how we work with each other, our clients and our communities.

At Dentons, we believe that inclusion and diversity are essential to the success and strength of the Firm and the quality of our advice to, and representation of, our clients. We are committed to providing a flexible environment where everyone respects, supports and learns from our collective skills, talents and differences. By attracting, supporting, promoting and retaining individuals from all backgrounds, inclusive of race, ethnicity, faith, religion or spiritual beliefs, gender, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, abilities, social perspective and other characteristics, we create a dynamic and inclusive work environment that is critical to our success. You can read more about what we are doing to achieve this on our Inclusion & Diversity pages.

We welcome applications from candidates with disabilities and support those in the workplace who have a disability. Any disability disclosure will be dealt with confidentially and sensitively. If you want to speak directly to a member of our team, please contact recruitment.matters@dentons.com.

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

Why should you join the Firm?

We provide innovative solutions to our clients by attracting, retaining and developing the best talent. At Dentons, you will develop your skills and knowledge in an open and supportive environment. You will be both stretched and challenged. You will experience an international network that fosters a collegiality unmatched at other firms.

We are proud of the achievements of our Firm members, both professionally and within our wider communities.

Helping our clients prosper and grow is what Dentons is all about. We focus on meeting the evolving needs of our clients in virtually every sector. We care about the long-term success of each one of our clients and strive to build a trust-based partnership.

We want to give everyone the opportunity to develop their potential fully and, therefore, provide support, training and encouragement to members of staff at all levels. Our award-winning Talent & Development team has access to a wealth of resources to support you throughout your career at Dentons. With these, and our formal developmental packages, we will help you to achieve your career goals.

What benefits and support are available?

Dentons understands the need to retain quality employees, which is why the Firm offers a huge range of employee benefits. From health insurance and critical illness cover, to gym membership and income protection, employees and their loved ones are well looked after at Dentons. Dentons has an in-house counsellor and fully trained mental health first aiders.

In light of the increasing numbers of working parents with dependent children, and other caring responsibilities, Dentons provides support for loved ones through a Parents & Carers network and resources such as My Family Care and Cityparents.

Where in the UK and Ireland are we based?

We have offices across the UK: London, Milton Keynes, Edinburgh and Glasgow and Aberdeen and also in Dublin, Ireland. In addition, a growing number of our roles are for remote workers based anywhere in the UK. The description of each position details where the successful hire can be based.

The way we work

At Dentons the way we work is built on trust, empowerment and all round flexibility. With diversity at our core, our approaches to work are as varied as we are. We support our staff to be their best selves, helping them make the right choices in where and how we work in order to deliver the very highest level of service to our clients, ensuring we are able to carry out our roles in their widest sense to support our teams, our personal development and our own preferences.

We have worked with, and listened to, all of our employees and now have three recognized ways of working. These categories are as follows;

Office based - Office based workers are those who need to be in the office every day as their physical presence is intrinsically linked to their specific role, this applies to a small proportion of our workforce/teams.

Virtual workers – Our virtual workers have no need to attend an office and as such, are fully remote. We have successfully implemented this model across both our Legal Delivery Centre and ARC real estate teams. Members of these teams are provided with all necessary equipment and an allowance to create a workspace in their own home and won't be expected to come to an office. At the moment all virtual workers must be in the based in UK.

Hybrid workers – For the majority of our workforce we have implemented a hybrid model whereby there is no minimum (or maximum) number of days they must work from an office location. Instead we give them the freedom to decide with their team how efficiently and effectively they can deliver the best service to our clients, work with our colleagues and progress their own personal development whilst recognizing the need to adjust plans where circumstances require. Each hybrid worker is given an allowance to create a workspace in their own home.

At Dentons, we are always open to improvement and challenging ourselves so should you have a current way of working that is different to our model then please let us know at the application stage and we would love to discuss it with you!

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Telephone
+44(0) 20 7242 1212
Location
One Fleet Place
London
EC4M 7RA
United Kingdom
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