Scotland/Remote (Hybrid) - Legal Counsel (NQ-2)

PQE: NQ - 2
Term: Permanent
Reports to: UKIME Assistant General Counsel (AGC)
Practice group: Office of the General Counsel
Location: Any UK or Remote
The department

The Office of the General Counsel (OGC) manages complex legal and risk issues for the Firm, our Board, executive management, our lawyers and staff. We focus on all elements of professional practice risk, including claims, complaints, core regulatory compliance, enterprise risk management, legal advisory, and governance.

The team is spread across three locations: London, Glasgow, and Dubai, and is made up of qualified lawyers and other qualified specialists. This enables us to provide a unique perspective on and fashion innovative solutions for the risk issues that arise across the Firm.

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.  www.dentons.com.

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.

Equal opportunities

Dentons is committed to providing equal opportunities for all. We welcome applications from candidates with disabilities and support those in the workplace who have a disability. Any disability disclosure will be dealt with confidentially and sensitively and if you want to speak directly to a member of our team, please email recruitment.matters@dentons.com.

NO AGENCIES PLEASE

If you are interested in applying for this position, we welcome direct applications via our careers page, but if you have any questions beforehand please email recruitment.matters@dentons.comEnquiries only please, applications will not be accepted via email.

Please note that we will not accept unsolicited CVs sent to the business, nor will we accept any associated terms of business.