Dentons is always looking to invest in the highest-quality talent, recognising that our success is built on the diverse and unique strengths of each of the members of our Firm.
Our team of business services staff play a significant role in the success of Dentons, and we recruit staff into a wide variety of areas. Here, we look for focused, flexible individuals from a variety of backgrounds who are team players. Previous experience within the legal sector is not essential. We want to give everyone the opportunity to develop his or her potential fully and, therefore, provide support, training and encouragement to members of staff at all levels.
Purpose of role
To support the 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.
A Conflicts Lawyer core responsibilities include the following:
- Conflict of Interest Checking Process
- Information Barrier and Document Security Processes
- Client Care and Engagement Terms
- Matter management, including matter opening and assessing compliance with Scottish and UK Law Society rules, Code and guidance
- Handles legal conflict of interest matters
- Involved in leading commercial clearances across Dentons offices
- Handles medium to high complexity protection of confidential information issues
- Review NDA's, supplier agreements and outside counsel policies
- Assists with the firm's internal audit processes
- Drafts and reviews internal compliance policies and procedures.
- Assists with Risk projects, where appropriate
Required experience, skills and attributes
- Lawyer in good standing with relevant regulatory body or bar association.
- Relevant experience preferably acquired in an international law firm, although other professional services or financial services firms will be considered
- Ability to identify areas of current business process steps which could be enhanced and/or streamlined to become more efficient and add value to our end customers work product.
- Ability to present oral and written communications to internal and external customers.
- Ability to address sensitive and confidential issues with tact as well as build and maintain effective working relationships within the department.
- Ability to take direction and follow through to completion with minimal supervision.
- Able to demonstrate advanced research and drafting skills.
- Able to critically review, update and amend policies, procedures and precedents for the firm in plain English with minimal supervision, consulting with stakeholders where appropriate.
- Able to identify and resolve deficiencies and gaps in existing policies, procedures and precedents.
- Analyse issues and draw conclusions, producing accurate and reasoned opinions on a range of regulatory issues.
- Able to communicate persuasively and effectively by telephone, in writing and in person and deal with situations of conflict effectively, professionally and sensitively.
- Detailed working knowledge and understanding of the rules and regulations that apply to law firms for example:
- SRA Solicitors' Code of Conduct (generally);
- Law Society of Scotland Standards of Conduct (generally);
- Data Protection Act 1998 and equivalents;
- EU Market Abuse Regulation (Regulation 596/2014)
- An understanding of Elite and the billing processes.
- PC literate with a good working knowledge of MS Office, e.g. Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.
- Able to keep all general administration up-to-date and under control.
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 Global Head of Conflicts.
- Able to analyse and recognise the need for improvement to systems and suggest options for improvement to the 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.
We are a truly global law firm and as such, always welcome hearing from those with foreign language capabilities. In light of our recent combination, Mandarin language fluency would be particularly advantageous given that China is now core to our strategy.
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
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