Any UK Office or Remote - AML & Sanctions Lawyer

Employer
Dentons
Location
Any UK Office or Remote
Salary
Competitive
Closing date
7 Nov 2022

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Vacancy Type
Solicitors – Private Practice, Other specialist roles, Risk Management
Contract Type
Permanent
Practice Area
Crime, Fraud
Experience Level
0-2yrs PQE, 2-5yrs PQE, 5+ yrs PQE
Role Classification
Lawyer
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Job Details

Purpose of role

This role will support the Senior Financial Crime Lawyers and 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 and professional conduct rules and best practice in relation to new business intake processes.

The role will involve assessing clients and their matters to ensure compliance with applicable legislation and to advise the Firm on financial crime and other risk issues.

This can be either Virtual or Hybrid.

Remote - There is no need to attend an office and, as such, this is fully remote role. We will provide all the necessary equipment and an allowance to create a workspace in your own home and you will not be expected to come to an office. At the moment all virtual workers must be in the based in UK.

or

Hybrid – Your place of work is one of our offices, however there is no minimum (or maximum) number of days you must work from this office. We give you the freedom to decide with your team how efficiently and effectively you can deliver the best service to our clients, work with your colleagues, and progress your own personal development whilst recognizing the need to adjust plans where circumstances require. We encourage you to discuss this with our recruitment team and your interviewers to see how the team you are interviewing with are working. You will be given an allowance to create a workspace in your own home, as well the kit to utilise the desks at any of our offices.

Responsibilities

  • Keeping up to date with applicable AML laws and regulations globally and advising on how these changes affect the Firm and its processes 
  • Advising on the application of international financial sanctions and obtaining licenses
  • Handling all types of client due diligence and client care issues with minimal supervision
  • Handling complex matter opening issues taking into account local legal requirements (as applicable)
  • Reviewing and drafting documents including engagement letters, client terms and NDAs
  • Assisting with the review and approval of all new matters and clients
  • Assisting with basic data protection queries
  • Assisting with regulatory AML audits
  • Advising on complex inter-office working arrangements
  • Understanding the relevant rules regarding billing and seek tax advice where necessary
  • Drafting, maintaining and implementing AML policies and procedures
  • Providing a 'concierge' service to partners by liaising with clients directly on AML issues, either in person, on the phone or in writing.
  • Assisting with AML investigations and reporting Suspicious Activity Reports
  • Develop internal AML awareness and establish effective training programs
  • Assists on projects supporting Senior Lawyers and the Global Head of AML

Required experience, skills and attributes

Technical Skills

  • Qualified and admitted solicitor/ lawyer, preferably with in-house experience or compliance/risk experience working in a law firm or a professional services environment
  • Experience in drafting a range of legal documents
  • A good knowledge of relevant compliance rules and regulations, including (but not limited to) confidentiality, anti-bribery and corruption, money laundering, UN/UK/US/EU sanctions, and other international laws and regulations
  • Highly effective research skills
  • Able to assemble research and produce clear, accurate findings
  • Able to analyse issues and draw/express conclusions succinctly
  • Able to advise the wider firm on AML and financial crime risk issues, clearly and succinctly

General skills

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Able to interact at all levels within the firm and is a good team player
  • Able to confidently and clearly explain problems and issues to partners/fee earners and proactively contribute to their resolution
  • Able to use internal precedents and draft emails in plain English
  • An understanding of 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
  • Strong problem solving and analytical skills; can clearly explain and present problems and issues to others
  • Able to demonstrate excellent customer facing skills
  • Able to make incisive decisions and remain calm under pressure
  • Able to effectively manage and prioritise tasks where appropriate
  • Able to analyse and recognise the need for improvement to systems and suggest options for improvement to the Senior Lawyers and Global Head of AML
  • Take an efficient and organised approach to dealing with administration. 
  • Able to be an ambassador for Dentons, being professional in outlook and attitude

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.  www.dentons.com.

Equal opportunities

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 contact recruitment.matters@dentons.com 

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