Client Terms & Conflicts Lawyer

Recruiter
Quast
Location
London
Salary
Competitive
Posted
10 May 2019
Closes
10 Jun 2019
Ref
DTTS1103
Contract/hours
Full time

PQE: 5+ years

Term: Permanent

Working hours: Full-time

Reports to: Conflicts Manager

Practice group: Conflicts

Location: London

The Firm

Our client is always looking to invest in the highest-quality talent, recognising that its success is built on the diverse and unique strengths of each of the members of the Firm.

Our client is the world's largest law firm, delivering quality and value to clients around the globe. Our client 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. Our client's polycentric approach and world-class talent challenge the status quo to advance client interests in the communities in which we live and work. 

Purpose of Role

To support the Conflicts Manager and Global Client Terms and Documentation Manager with review of client engagement agreements and related business terms, conflicts of interest analysis and resolution, ensuring full protection of client confidential information, as well as compliance with applicable legislative and regulatory requirements.

A Client Terms and Conflicts Lawyer's core responsibilities include the following:

  • Review and completion of client engagement agreements
  • Compliance with applicable rules of professional responsibility and firm policy, with respect to screening new matters and clients, Request for Proposals and Client Alerts
  • Information Barrier and Document Security Processes
  • Matter management, including matter opening and assessing compliance with applicable rules of professional responsibility

Responsibilities

  • Handles review and completion of all Outside Counsel Guidelines and other client issued agreements (such as Panel Terms)
  • Analysing new business for legal and business conflicts
  • Liaising with counterparts in across the Firm’s offices to address cross regional engagement and conflicts issues
  • Drafting required language for purposes of addressing issues with clients
  • Periodic review to determine status of client issued agreements
  • Handles medium to high complexity protection of confidential information issues
  • Review NDAs
  • Engage with other departments and key stakeholders within the firm when reviewing client issued agreements
  • Assists with the firm's internal audit processes
  • Drafts and reviews internal compliance policies and procedures
  • Assists with Risk projects, when required

Technical Skills

  • Lawyer in good standing with relevant regulatory body or bar association, preferably with at least 5 years PQE
  • Relevant experience preferably acquired in an international law firm
  • Experience in identifying 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 customer
  • 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 Conflicts Manager
  • Able to analyse and recognise the need for improvement to systems and suggest options for improvement to the Global 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 the Firm, being professional in outlook and attitude

Language Capabilities

Our client is 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. 

Equal Opportunities

Our client 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.

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