6 months ago
Job Description - In-House Lawyer, Risk & Compliance Department: Risk
Location: London (with some ad hoc overseas travel) Working Pattern: Monday to Friday
Hours: 9:30 to 17:30
Clyde & Co is a leading, sector-focused global law firm with 400 partners, 2000 legal professionals and 3600 staff in over 40 offices across six continents. Its core global sectors position it at the heart of global trade and commerce: insurance, trade & commodities, energy, transport and infrastructure. With a strong emerging markets focus, the firm has achieved compound average annual revenue growth of 12% over the last five years, making it one of the fastest growing law firms in the world with ambitious plans for further growth.
Our achievements were recognized in 2016, when we were awarded the accolade of Law Firm of the Year by The Lawyer. This award is one of the most sought-after in the industry as it recognises the firm that has performed most strongly on a number of measures including; strong leadership and strategic vision, strong financial management and growth, talent management and workplace development and client innovation.
Our vision is to be our clients first choice for complex, multi-jurisdictional matters in our chosen sectors by investing in our core practice areas in chosen locations, serving an international client base and build a network of offices in key trading zones. Our key focus is also to become the “go to” firm in emerging markets, running ourselves professionally by attracting and developing the best people.
The role is to provide risk and compliance support to the firm's General Counsel, COLP and COFA and to the wider business, to ensure that the firm develops and maintains the very highest standards in the manner in which the professional standards of conduct are applied in client relationships, in its management of risk and its compliance with regulatory requirements. The role will also assist in promoting best practice in these areas throughout the firm's international network. The successful candidate will join and work with other in- house lawyers in the firm's Risk Team.
•Assisting in the promotion and development of a risk management culture across the firm
•Developing and promoting internal risk management policies and procedures
•Monitoring and encouraging compliance with statutory and regulatory rules and best practice.
•Researching and providing guidance on the professional conduct and ethical obligations of lawyers
•Working with fee-earners and business service departments to help them understand and mitigate risk
•Assisting with the regular review and updating of the firm's policies and procedures, risk registers, breach
registers, compliance plans, engagement letters and another documentation and records
•Helping to design and deliver effective training and awareness programmes and materials for lawyers and other staff
•Maintaining and updating the Risk Team's intranet pages
•Providing guidance to partners and other fee-earners in response to risk queries in relation to engagement letters and other contractual documents, including the review of key client terms and proposed service level agreements
•Researching legal and regulatory issues and producing related guidance, practice notes, templates and training materials
•Keeping abreast of SRA rules and changing legal and regulatory requirements in all of the jurisdictions in which the firm operates, including restrictions on operating in overseas jurisdictions, compliance with relevant law society or local bar guidance on the ability or entitlement of lawyers to practise
•Assisting in the design and implementation of systems to ensure key guidance and precedents are applied in practice
•Attending regular meetings with risk lawyers and partners, business services heads and other staff to share knowledge and ideas concerning current regulatory and compliance issues or developments Experience and Skills Required
•Legally qualified with experience working in a leading Central London or major regional firm
•Previous experience of risk and compliance is essential
•A desire to be at the forefront of developing risk management awareness and pushing through new initiatives
•Ad hoc short term (e.g. no more than a week at a time) travel to our international offices may be required but generally plenty of notice will be given.
•Qualified Solicitor/Barrister, University Degree – minimum 2:1
•Strategic thinker with commercial awareness;
•Strong organisational, communication and project management skills;
•Good presentation skills – creation and delivery of induction and risk management training.
•Excellent interpersonal skills – the person will liaise with both lawyers and business services groups, in each case at all levels of seniority;
•Strong analytical skills and ability to focus on detail but also on the larger picture; and
•Ability to write clear, accurate and practical guidance and precedents