Business Acceptance Analyst
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Manchester, United Kingdom
1d ago


Role summary / purpose of job

Part of the Global Business Acceptance Team, which manages the firm’s risk exposure and provides advice to the firm on a range of legal and compliance issues relating to business acceptance (including conflicts, confidentiality, client due diligence, sanctions, reputational and commercial risk).

The Business Acceptance Analyst (BAA) :

  • Acts as a conflicts and client due diligence specialist within the Manchester Business Acceptance Team;
  • Is responsible for clearing the full range of conflict checks, and supporting colleagues in their roles; and

    Is involved in the continuous improvement of processes and tools.

    Key responsibilities and deliverables

  • Conducting analysis of potential client risks and collecting and analysing due diligence material required for client verification;
  • analysing and identifying potential conflict (legal and commercial), confidential information, reputational risk and sanctions issues arising from potential and existing matters and, where appropriate, assist with drafting consent letters, erecting information barriers and other required steps;
  • Work alongside other Business Acceptance Analysts to assess straightforward business acceptance requests and facilitate the firm’s global client and matter acceptance processes;
  • Supports Business Acceptance Lawyers and Senior Business Acceptance Analysts with team projects and tasking as required;
  • Contributes to the training of the team and wider department as required;
  • Provides support and guidance to new starters and across the team;
  • Identifies process improvements and contributes to the wider Global Business Acceptance team for consideration; and

    Contributes to an inclusive working environment where all colleagues are treated with fairness and respect, applying the Being Freshfields’ principles at all times.

    Key requirements (Communication / skills / experience)


  • Ability to prioritise and multitask; working in an organised manner; recognising need for clear, concise and accurate communication;
  • keeps detailed & timely notes of client interactions; prepares thoroughly before meetings and calls;
  • Ability to transfer knowledge to support team members in the form of peer support;
  • Ability to understand (i) the types of work that Freshfields does at a high level, and (ii) the business acceptance process undertaken for clients and matters in order to carry out work allocation and performance management, and identify any additional information required or steps to be taken (for example, the setting up of information barrier arrangements);
  • Ability to work to tight deadlines and show resilience under pressure used to working to a very high standard of accuracy and efficiency;
  • Demonstrates a high level of discretion, integrity and professionalism;
  • Be (or be ready to become) familiar with professional bar rules and anti-money laundering and sanctions regulations applicable to the firm’s activities across a number of jurisdictions.


  • Technical acumen understands the use of technology in the delivery of an excellent business acceptance service;
  • Able to assess new functionality / products and make recommendations in line with business need;
  • Experience of working in an international professional services environment (preferably legal) with a geographically dispersed team.


    Freshfields is an equal opportunities employer and all applications received by the firm will be considered by the firm on the basis of their merit alone and we welcome applications from all suitably qualified individuals regardless of background.

    All offers of employment will be conditional on the candidate having / securing the right to work in the UK and providing the firm with evidence of that right (as required by the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006) prior to employment commencing.

    Please note that, in line with the requirements of the UK Border Agency, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EEA candidate can fill the position.

    Freshfields is a Ban the Box employer. We ask applicants to disclose criminal convictions only when a conditional job offer is made.

    A conviction does not automatically lead to withdrawal of the offer : we make

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