UK - Conflicts Analyst /Lawyer, Business Acceptance

Term: Permanent
Reports to: UKME Conflicts Manager
Practice group: Business Acceptance
Location: London, Glasgow, UK Remote
Purpose of role

We're seeking a Conflicts Analyst /Conflicts Lawyer to support Team Leaders, Managers, and Global Head of Conflicts in ensuring effective compliance controls and procedures are in place, particularly those involving the avoidance of conflicts of interest and protection of confidential information, and to ensure compliance with applicable legislative requirements and management of risk.

This role will work with and support the UK, Ireland and Middle East regions.

A Conflicts Analyst/Conflicts Lawyer should aim to become proficient with the following core compliance processes:

  • Conflict of Interest Checking Process
  • Information Barrier and Document Security Processes
  • Client Care and Dentons Engagement Terms
  • Matter management, including matter opening and assessing compliance with Scottish and UK Law Society rules, Code and guidance
  • Handles conflicts of interest matters
  • Handles high volume conflict searches
  • Handles low to medium complexity protection of confidential information issues
  • Involved in leading commercial clearances across Dentons offices
  • Reviews and adheres to Dentons' internal compliance policies and procedures
  • Handles medium conflicts of interest requests/checks
  • Handles medium confidential information issues
  • Matter management, including matter opening and assessing compliance with, Irish Scottish and UK Law Society Rules, Code and Guidance
  • Involved in leading commercial clearances across Dentons offices
  • Handles cross regional conflict checks
  • Reviews share dealing and external appointment applications
  • Review of relevant conflict flags

Responsibilities cont.

  • Assisting with the management of the workflow
  • Understand the Information Barrier and Document Security Processes
  • Ad hoc searches carried outside the Request workflow
  • Supporting Team Leaders, Managers, and Global heads as required 
  • Assisting with Department Projects and Initiatives
  • Analyse Letters of Engagement for the purposes of conflict checking'
  • Adheres to Dentons’ internal compliance policies and procedures
  • Other duties as may be assigned to fully meet the requirements of the position
Required experience, skills and attributes

Technical Skills

  • Relevant professional qualification, e.g. International Compliance Association Diploma in Anti-Money Laundering or Compliance is desirable.
  • Relevant experience preferably acquired in an international law firm, although other professional services or financial services firms will be considered
  • Prior experience analysing and resolving conflicts of interest and managing confidential information issues would be desirable
  • An understanding of Elite and any conflict checking systems is desirable.
  • Able to analyse low to medium difficulty legal issues, producing accurate and reasoned opinions on a range of regulatory issues.
  • Able to critically review, update and amend firm policies and procedures in plain English.
  • Knowledge and understanding of Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5 of the Solicitors Code of Conduct and an ability to apply them in practice is desirable and in particular understand Chapters 3 and 4 in more detail.
  • Able to develop a knowledge and understanding of the following regulations
    Data Protection Act 1998 and equivalents;
    EU Market Abuse Directive 2003/6/EC;
    Solicitors' Accounts Chapters;
    Parts of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 relevant to law firms

?Personal skills / attributes

  •  Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Able to interact positively at all levels within the firm and a good team player
  • Able to demonstrate excellent client/customer facing skills
  • Strong problem solving and analytical skills; can clearly explain and present problems and issues to others and contribute to their resolution
  • Methodical approach to work; takes an efficient and organised approach to dealing with administration
  • Able to make decisions and remain calm while under pressure – particularly when dealing with difficult situations
  • Able to deliver high quality work to tight deadlines
  • Able to exercise tact and diplomacy in an organisational setting
  • Can demonstrate initiative and the ability to be proactive, while also being able to follow instructions and provide support to the UKME Conflicts Manager and EMEA Head of Conflicts
  • Able to analyse and recognise the need for improvement to systems and suggest options for improvement to the UKME Conflicts Manager and EMEA Head of Conflicts
  • Can carry out all responsibilities in a way which supports the practice’s values and promotes its equal opportunities and diversity principles.
  • Able to be an ambassador for Dentons, being professional in outlook and attitude.
  • Fluency in Mandarin – both written and oral, advantageous
Language Capabilities

We are a truly global law firm and as such, always welcome hearing from those with foreign language capabilities.

The firm

Dentons is the world's first polycentric global law firm.  A top 20 firm on the Acritas 2015 Global Elite Brand Index, the Firm is committed to challenging the status quo in delivering consistent and uncompromising quality and value in new and inventive ways.  Driven to provide clients a competitive edge, and connected to the communities where its clients want to do business, Dentons knows that understanding local cultures is crucial to successfully completing a deal, resolving a dispute or solving a business challenge.  Now the world's largest law firm, Dentons' global team builds agile, tailored solutions to meet the local, national and global needs of private and public clients of any size in more than 125 locations serving 50-plus countries.


Equal opportunities

Dentons is committed to providing equal opportunities for all.  If, as a result of a disability, you believe that there are aspects of the recruitment process or job that you would find more difficult than a non-disabled person, please tell us as soon as possible.  We will then be able to discuss with you any reasonable adjustments that could be made to the recruitment process or the job itself.


Important update regarding job applications:

As part of the program of continued global investment in our people, the Firm is switching to a new job application system on February 20th, 2023.

This role may be reposted on February 20th. If so, it will include a note of this reference number: AH1859 to allow you to avoid duplicate applications.

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