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Risk and Compliance Lawyer

Womble Bond Dickinson
Bristol, Leeds, Newcastle, Plymouth or Southampton
Closing date
17 Jul 2023

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Vacancy Type
Solicitors – Private Practice, Other specialist roles, Risk Management
Contract Type
Experience Level
2-5yrs PQE, 5+ yrs PQE
Role Classification

Job Details

We have an exciting opportunity for a Risk and Compliance Lawyer to join WBD's General Council team with a difference. We're looking for someone wanting to use and develop their existing skills and at the same time contribute to the huge variety of challenges that face a team sitting at the heart of the firm's risk and best practice strategy and management. You'll be a valued member of a friendly, flexible and supportive team, working together in a way that combines the benefits of being an in-house lawyer with the familiar environment of a law firm.

What will you be doing?

Reporting into the General Counsel, you'll play a vital part in ensuring best practices throughout the firm and manage all aspects of regulatory compliance but focussing in particular on the firm's client on-boarding processes and controls. You'll support our Business Acceptance Unit, MLRO network and wider fee earning community on escalations across complex conflict, financial crime and related risks applicable to the operation of our international business.

We have an exceptional client list of large and complex national and international organisations. A key part of your role will be to ensure the firm is comfortable acting in the particular circumstances of a matter, looking at risk levels presented and initiating further investigations where required. You'll also be advising on the professional conduct and ethical obligations of lawyers and ensuring the delivery of a range of assurance projects. Additionally there will be opportunities for you to support the development of training programmes and to champion change management and buy-in of policies/processes across the firm.

So what are we looking for?

We're ideally looking a qualified lawyer with at least 3 years PQE, who can demonstrate experience in dealing with complex Compliance and Risk Management, especially in respect of sanctions monitoring and financial crime suspicious activity escalations at a law firm. You'll also have a sound understanding of the nature of the work in a multinational corporate law firm, and how a top UK law firm works, its client base and the markets in which it operates. Great communication is fundamental to this role, not only will you need to have experience in managing and developing colleagues, but you'll need to be confident in having frequent conversations with stakeholders about compliance issues. On the systems side, you'll need working knowledge and the ability to use compliance systems and provide data analysis.

If you would like to see a full job description or have any queries, please contact

What makes it great to work here?

We continually work hard to create an open culture that sets us apart from other firms. Our culture gives us much more of a human feel, emphasising that we're more than just suits!  We like and make time for each other enabling us to establish professional relationships that can often become lasting friendships. 

Through our ED&I initiatives we create an environment in which difference is valued.  We have a Diversity and Inclusion Group, led by our Board Sponsor, which works with our colleague networks (we currently have firm supported networks for race, ethnicity, and cultural heritage, LGBTQ+, disabilities, families, and women's career development and we're in constant dialogue with our people about how we expand our networks to better support everybody).  We encourage applicants from all social backgrounds, ethnicities, disabilities, gender identities and sexual orientations. Please get in touch to let us know how we can give you the best possible recruitment experience.

As signatories to the Mindful Business Charter, it's important that our people are able to maintain healthy and happy lives, both in and out of work.  We have a number of resources and initiatives designed to support health and wellbeing, including our team of dedicated mental health first aiders.  We recognise that getting the right work life balance is a priority for all of us and we're very happy to talk flexible working, full-time or part-time working patterns.  We also recognise the challenges of relocation and post-pandemic return to the office.

And that's not all, alongside a competitive salary you'll receive a flexible benefits package so you can choose and vary the benefits that matter most to you.

Next steps

If this sounds like your next career move then please get in touch to find out more. No agencies please, we're an in-house recruitment team!

If this isn't the role for you (or the right time) why not connect with us on LinkedIn or follow us on Twitter and Instagram (@WBD_CareersUK) to keep up to date with all of our opportunities.  We also have a Facebook page (


Womble Bond Dickinson is a full-service transatlantic law firm, created on 1 November 2017 through the combination of UK firm Bond Dickinson and US firm Womble Carlyle.

A Top 100 law firm globally and Top 20 law firm in the UK, Womble Bond Dickinson has more than 420 partners and 1,000 lawyers based across 16 US cities and eight UK cities including a significant presence in London. The firm's reach also extends to Europe where it has strategic partnerships with other law firms in Germany and France. 

In the UK, Womble Bond Dickinson advises in excess of 40 FTSE 350 companies, many of the largest businesses in the country, government organisations and wealthy individuals. With a focus on eleven key sectors (Energy & Natural Resources; Financial Institutions; Healthcare;  Insurance, Manufacturing;  Real Estate; Retail and Consumer; Transport, Logistics & Infrastructure; Pharmaceuticals, Biotechnology & Life Sciences; Technology and Private Wealth) the firm’s experience allows it to build strong relationships and deliver an excellent service to clients.

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