Senior Compliance Advisor

BCLPLondon/Manchester7 months 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


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


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.


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