Manager - Financial Crime and Risk

London (Central), London (Greater)
Closing date
14 May 2023

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Vacancy Type
Other specialist roles, Risk Management
Contract Type
Experience Level
Role Classification
Other Professional

Job Details

About Ashurst:

Ashurst is a leading progressive global law firm with a rich history spanning more than 200 years. We are proud of our history and are future-focused, having expanded into new technologies through our NewLaw division, Ashurst Advance, and our consulting arm. Our in-depth understanding of our clients and commitment to providing excellent standards of service have seen us become a trusted adviser to local and global corporates, financial institutions and governments in all areas of commercial law. To find out more please visit

Department/Role overview:

This is an exciting and challenging management role within the internal facing Financial Crime and Risk Team at Ashurst.

The Team is based in London, Glasgow and Brisbane. We are an advisory team that considers the full range of financial crime and related risks applicable to the operation of our global business, including money laundering, sanctions, corruption, modern slavery, tax transparency and ESG reporting. We develop systems and policies, prepare training, manage escalations and facilitate audit to ensure compliance with our own obligations.

Your role will be to provide line management to team members, drive the delivery of projects and support the strategic development of this function across the firm.

Main responsibilities:

  •  Queries: Support the team and our MLRO network on escalations across complex sanctions, proceeds of crime and other related queries.
  •  Systems and Controls: Provide oversight and ensure the delivery of a range of compliance programmes in line with British and International standards and relevant regulatory requirements, including but not limited to anti-bribery, modern slavery, tax transparency.
  •  Assurance: Provide oversight and ensure the delivery of a range of first line assurance projects, including external and regulatory audit/information returns and our internal file review process.
  •  Training: Support the development of training programmes across the firm as well as developing members of the Financial Crime and Risk Team to their full potential.
  •  Change management: Work collaboratively across legal and business service teams to improve service, commercial impact and efficiency of the team, championing change management and buy-in of global policies and processes.
  •  Risk and Control: Ensure that all activities and duties are carried out in full compliance with our regulatory requirements and internal policies.
  • Please note that some travel, engagement at external events and work outside of core hours to meet specific deadlines and facilitate project implementation may be required.

Essential skills and experience:

  • Demonstrated experience in dealing with complex Compliance and Risk Management, especially in respect of sanctions and proceeds of crime escalations at a law firm
  • Expertise of counter- financial crime obligations and regulatory frameworks for law firms in EMEA and APAC
  • Management experience
  • A sound understanding of the nature of the work in a multinational corporate law firm, demonstrating an in-depth knowledge of how a top City law firm works, its client base and the markets in which it operates, and a familiarity with the structure of matters it takes on.
  • Strong English communication skills
  • Working knowledge and ability to use Compliance systems (eg Intapp, HighQ, SDplus, 3E or similar)

Desired skills and experience

  • UK/overseas legal qualification (or degree)
  • Proficiency in any foreign languages of jurisdictions in which Ashurst has offices would be helpful

Background checks:

In order to comply with regulatory and client requirements, Ashurst will undertake appropriate vetting of staff. When applicants accept a job offer, Ashurst, alongside a specialist provider, will undertake professional verification and background checks. These checks are only undertaken with consent, and in accordance with our legal and regulatory obligations.


Ashurst is a leading international law firm with world class capability and a prestigious global client base. The firm's in-depth understanding of its clients and commitment to providing exceptional standards of service has seen it become a trusted adviser to local and global corporates, financial institutions and governments on all areas of commercial law. The firm's people are its greatest asset and it brings together lawyers of the highest calibre with the technical knowledge, industry experience and regional know-how to provide the incisive advice clients need.

Ashurst has 25 offices in 15 countries and offers the reach and insight of a global network, combined with the knowledge and understanding of local markets. With 400 partners and 1,200 lawyers working across 10 different time zones, the firm is able to respond to clients wherever and whenever required. As a global team, Ashurst has a reputation for successfully managing large and complex multi-jurisdictional transactions, disputes and projects and delivering outstanding outcomes for clients.

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