Senior Compliance Advisor

BCLPLondon/Manchester1M ago



To provide professional, efficient and high quality support to the OGC’s Business Acceptance Committee (BAC) as a senior member of the BAT, managing the firm’s risk exposure on a range of legal and compliance issues relating to business acceptance (including conflicts of interest, sanctions, anti-money laundering (“AML”) and client due diligence (“CDD”) and reputational risk).


What’s in it for you?


The OGC has a global and cross-functional advisory remit. Our aims are to promote a risk aware culture based on ethics and integrity and to ensure everyone is aware of and pro-actively manages risk at all levels across our business in a way that enables us to achieve our strategic and business objectives and protects our reputation


You will be an integral part of the BAT with responsibility for supporting a number of key elements of the firm’s business acceptance with a focus on client and matter on-boarding


You will be working with colleagues in the BAT providing integrated legal, risk and regulatory advice and support to the business


This is an exciting time to join BCLP as, post-merger, the firm manages the development and implementation of global business acceptance policies to address the risks and opportunities across the US and international arms of BCLP.


Key responsibilities


Conflicts


Conduct conflict checking and analysis on the firm’s clients and matters


Co-ordinate with partners and other fee earners to identify/prevent/resolve potential legal and/or commercial conflicts


Act as contact point for conflict queries and referrals from within the BAT, the US arm of the OGC and the business


Relay conflict information in a straightforward and jargon-free manner to the firm


Management, establishment and maintenance of information barriers


Client and Matter Opening


Conduct initial and on-going CDD in line with the Money Laundering Regulations 2017 (“MLR”) and the firm’s policies, Liaise with the business and, where required, directly with clients to obtain CDD materials


Act as an AML/CDD/Conflicts/Sanctions subject matter referral point for both the BAT, the US arm of the OGC and the wider business


Conduct client and matter risk assessments consistent with the requirements of MLR


Undertake analysis of applicable economic sanctions regimes in relation to potential clients and matters


Prepare PEP/High risk client and matter reports for BAC to review


Obtain and analyse compliance and CDD information using public databases and third party information providers, including but not limited to Bureau Van Dijk Orbis, company registries, Accuity and SPARK


Understand and identify wider risk, reputational and conflict issues at client and matter take on stage


Deal with queries relating to the firm’s policies and processes, the client and matter inception (“CMI”) system, IntApp Open, from both the BAT and the business


Leadership & Supervision


Assist with ongoing, continuous training of the BAT


Represent the BAT in meetings with internal clients (e.g. with partners, other business support teams)


Provide team leadership and ‘day-to-day’ supervision and guidance for the BAT


Assist in the ‘day-to-day’ running of the BAT


Manage and monitor workloads and delegate tasks suitably within BAT


Act as a role model for the BAT


General


Manage the implementation of further processes on the CMI system as well as ongoing enhancements and testing of upgrades


Conduct training sessions on the BCLP CMI system, firm policy and procedure


Drive the on-going development, implementation and refinement of business enabling, risk-based compliance policy and procedures


Be responsible for and participate in a wide range of ad hoc projects including management of technology and process development and implementation


Assist in the monitoring of client and matter set up procedures to ensure they are followed correctly


Act as point of contact for external data providers.


Analyse data provider services to ensure the department is cost effective and efficient


Any other related tasks within the Office of the General Counsel


Key Relationships


BAT in London and Manchester as well as working in partnership with all levels of BCLP to give integrated advice and support.


Experience and Knowledge


Practical experience of implementing and managing the CDD requirements of the MLR in an international environment across a range of corporate structures and jurisdictions


Extensive experience of working within the risk and compliance field, preferably within a legal environment


In depth knowledge of the Legal Affinity Group’s AML Guidance for the Legal Sector


Practical experience of conflict checking, relating to end-to-end legal, commercial and contractual conflict clearance, including the resolution of challenging conflict issues


US conflicts experience desirable, although not essential


Legal degree not essential, although preferable


Supervisory experience not essential, although preferable


Skills and Competencies


Excellent communication skills both oral and written; with an ability to articulate complex issues in an accurate, concise and clear manner; appropriately selects best communication medium; understands the importance of adapting communication style to different situations, individuals and stakeholders


Shows initiative, is proactive and takes ownership of their own workload; copes with unanticipated events; anticipates and explores the possibility for change; creates new ideas to add value and puts them to senior colleagues


Prioritising and multitasking skills; taking responsibility for prioritising work; flexible and adapts to pressure and changing demand on time; comfortable working on more than one piece of work at a time


Displays awareness of commercial environment and understands significance of matters in the wider context of the firm’s business


Ability to lead, motivate and develop team members


Analytically minded


Flexible approach to working


Good working knowledge of Elite, Excel, Word and Outlook


Good team working skills


Diversity, Inclusion and Working Differently


At Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner we understand the value of a diverse workforce and we believe people perform at their best when they can truly be themselves at work. We aim to create an inclusive environment where all our employees are valued, motivated and able to be themselves. In order to provide the best possible service to our diverse client base, we are committed to recruiting, retaining, rewarding and developing our people with regard to their abilities and contributions and without reference to their background, gender, gender identity or expression, ethnic origin, age, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, political belief, disability or any other protected characteristic.


Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner is a firm with an increasingly flexible workforce and is supportive of flexible working arrangements, tailored to the individual, wherever possible.


Please feel free to speak to the Recruitment Team about the flexibility we are offering for this role.


Confidentiality


Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner will ensure all hardcopy and electronic materials containing confidential information are securely stored and accessible only to those authorised to view such content.


Agencies


Please note: we will not accept speculative CVs sent to hiring managers or partners via email. We can only accept CVs sent via the portal from agencies that have agreed terms of business with the Recruitment team. For further information, contact recruitment@bclplaw.com.

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