Legal Counsel
Dentons
London, GB
2d ago

Purpose of role

Legal Counsel will be directly responsible to the UKIME Assistant General Counsel (AGC) for :

  • Supporting the team in the management of claims, and complaints, responding to day-to-day compliance issues, and working closely with senior members of the OGC;
  • undertaking at least one significant risk and compliance project for the Firm each year
  • advising on an ongoing basis on Modern Slavery Act requirements and anti-bribery and corruption;
  • advising on Financial Services and Markets Act compliance policies, procedures, audits, and investigations for the UKME Region;
  • managing DSARs, information requests, and data protection reviews together with the General Counsel team;
  • assisting the AGC with strategic and operational planning and risk assessments;
  • advising on and managing conflicts, engagement, liability and other professional practice, ethics, and conduct queries; and
  • day-to-day management of the contract review and legal procurement process for the UKIME Region.
  • Responsibilities

  • Working with the AGC on the Designing, implementing, maintainenance, and monitoring of effective compliance programs for the UK region.
  • Reviewing and approving client's terms of business, pitches, tenders, and amendments to standard terms and maintaining an effective system for the notification, review, and analysis of such terms.
  • Assisting with ISO Audits and Client Audits.
  • Reviewing and assisting with client panel terms, RFPs and bids
  • Responding to regulatory audits and assisting the AGC with regulatory and internal investigations arising across the UK.
  • Promoting a positive compliance and risk culture across all offices in the UK.
  • preparing and delivering training sessions on regulatory and compliance topics internally to the Firm;
  • Horizon scanning for points of regulatory or legislative significance.
  • Identifying regulatory risks to the business, reporting those to the AGC, and formulating an effective response to those risks, including operating the firm’s risk register and department risk log.
  • Monitoring the regulatory environment and planning and implementing responses to change when needed (both in terms of internal compliance precedent updates and firm-wide policy revisions).
  • Advising the firm on the application of the SRA Regulatory framework and designing, implementing, and maintaining policies, procedures, and controls to ensure compliance with these requirements.
  • Monitoring and reporting on regulatory non-compliance.
  • Providing regulatory compliance advice to the business including advice on sanctions, ABC, SRA, and FSMA advice and design, implementation, and management-related compliance programs.
  • Assisting the AGC and OGC team in ensuring demonstrable compliance with the Solicitors Regulation Authority for the UK.
  • General Counsel Support

  • Assisting the AGC with minimal supervision to manage claims against the firm.
  • Assist the AGC to notify the circumstances of the Firm insurers.
  • Assist the AGC to review and answer questions from the practice about our insurance coverage.
  • Required experience, skills and attributes

    The candidate should have experience in all aspects of this role with strong interpersonal skills and must display strong academics.

    The candidate must be a qualified solicitor, NQ 2 years PQE (this is indicative of the level of experience only and others will be considered), and if not a UK solicitor then is working towards UK qualification in addition to maintaining their overseas qualifications.

    Experience working in a top-tier international law firm or international in-house team is highly desirable.

    The General Counsel Department has a strong teamwork ethic and a first-class client management approach. It is essential that candidates are team players and committed to developing personally and professionally.

    The 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. .

    Diversity & Inclusion

    Essential to our success as a global law firm is our ability to attract and retain the best talent from a diverse range of backgrounds.

    We want a work environment where everyone can reach their potential and we have an inclusive culture that respects individual differences.

    We undertake and support a number of internal and external initiatives aimed at increasing diversity within the profession and we encourage all our partners and staff to get involved.

    We welcome you to learn more about diversity and inclusion at Dentons.

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