Risk & Compliance Lawyer - Nottingham or Birmingham

Browne Jacobson
17 Jan 2019
25 Jan 2019
Contract Type
Details Risk & Compliance Lawyer - Nottingham or Birmingham Vacancy type Specialist Level Mid Business area Support Duration Permanent Hours Full time Location Birmingham Reference number 281218HM Job title Risk and Compliance Lawyer - Nottingham or Birmingham Team Risk and Compliance Vacancy owner Helen McPake Job summary We have an excellent opportunity for a Risk & Compliance Lawyer to join the Risk & Compliance team here at Browne Jacobson LLP, based in our Birmingham office. We are looking for someone with an inquisitive mind-set who can hit the ground running! Here at Browne Jacobson, we operate an agile working policy; therefore there is some scope for working from home. Excellent benefits package! Purpose of the role The role will involve working alongside the Head of risk and compliance in identifying and managing the firm's regulatory compliance and professional risks. The role will also focus on evaluating the firm's compliance with the SRA Handbook, other relevant rules and legislation. This will include identifying and analysing risks and then assessing if our internal compliance controls and policies are operating effectively and recommending ways to strengthen our internal risk structure. The role will provide support, education and training to build risk awareness within our firm. In conjunction with others, this role will be central to the firm's commitment to providing a quality service. The successful candidate will be a qualified solicitor or have equivalent legal qualification or be able to demonstrate significant experience of working within a legal practice environment. The ideal candidate will also have previous experience of managing risk and compliance processes within a legal environment. A detailed knowledge and experience of the SRA and the regulatory framework and associated rules and legislation is essential for this role Practical experience of working to external quality standards accreditations such as Lexcel, CQS and ISO 27001 or similar would be desirable. Responsibilities Serving as a confidential point of contact for all staff to seek clarification on issues of compliance Working with the Head of risk and compliance/Risk and Compliance manager to manage the firm's risk and incident registers Assisting the Head of risk and compliance/Risk and Compliance Manager in specific investigations as appropriate In conjunction with the Risk and Compliance Manager, prepare regular reports of all trends and issues In conjunction with the Risk and Compliance Manager, coordinating the file review process and key dates process Supporting the Risk and Compliance Manager in the review of the compliance policies and procedures Supporting the Risk and Compliance Manager with the management of the firm's quality accreditations (Lexcel, ISO27001 and CQS) In conjunction with the Risk and Compliance Manager, developing and supporting an effective compliance communication program including promoting the use of the Risk & Compliance Microsite and raising awareness of emerging compliance issues and related policies and procedures Undertaking audits particularly to support our ISO27001 accreditation Monitoring and considering the impact of regulatory and legislative changes to identify gaps in the firm's compliance knowledge and being proactive to address those gaps Providing input into business and strategic decisions from a compliance perspective, including providing support for tender applications Being proactive in providing risk and compliance support to internal projects, such as the development of new IT systems, to ensure that our regulatory responsibilities are met Undertaking any other ad hoc duties as required, commensurate with the level of the post Technical skills A detailed understanding of the regulatory framework, including the SRA Code of Conduct, SRA Accounts and other relevant rules and legislation The technical ability to identify, analyse and evaluate the impact of regulatory and legislative changes on the firm The ability to make recommendations to reduce/control any risks identified Experience of working with and developing regulatory policies, procedures and quality accreditations The ability to explain and advise succinctly on difficult and complex areas of regulatory compliance Good IT skills with the ability to work with case management system Job description View Job description Person specification Person specification You will be able to demonstrate that you can manage multiple tasks and have the ability to adopt a pro- active approach to risk and compliance. You should be of an inquisitive mind-set and interested in constantly updating and developing your professional and technical skills. The following characteristics are expected: Significant working knowledge of the application of the SRA's handbook, regulatory standards and procedures Proven ability to build confidence, respect and credibility with colleagues and to maintain a high degree of confidentiality To work methodically with good attention to detail Excellent communication skills, both written and oral Excellent organisational skills with the ability to plan, organise and prioritise tasks and projects and adapt quickly to changing priorities Strong analytical skills with a pragmatic "problem-solving" approach Strong influencing skills The confidence to take responsibility and work independently while keeping others informed of progress and escalating issues where appropriate Willing to spend time as required in the firm's Birmingham, Exeter, London and Manchester offices Proven team player Ability to remain calm, controlled and resilient when under pressure Keen to maintain personal development and take advantage of training opportunities and keeping up to date with legal and regulatory issues affecting the firm