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Date Added: Sat 14/11/2020

In House Lawyer (AML) (Global Firm Belfast)

Belfast, UK
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Company: HAYS SPECIALIST RECRUITMENT LIMITED

Job Type: Permanent, FullTime



Your new company

A leading global law firm operating in over 30 countries are recruiting a Senior In House Lawyer to join their legal team in Belfast.

Your new role

  • Working closely with and supporting the UK Money Laundering Reporting Officer (MLRO) and Deputy MLRO, including attending regular meetings to provide updates on areas of responsibility.
  • Analysing and resolving (or, where appropriate, facilitating resolution of) professional, legal, regulatory and commercial issues relating to business acceptance and client engagement in the areas of financial crime and sanctions, which are referred by the BAU analyst and legal teams, by partners and by all other levels of lawyer and support staff, including in the following areas:

- anti-money laundering client ID issues;
- reputational and suitability issues; and
- sanctions questions.

  • Performing the role of the firm's internal expert in and senior contact point for anti-money laundering client ID requirements in particular specified jurisdictions, including attending regulatory audit meetings in respect of those jurisdictions where required.
  • Being a senior contact point for local MLROs globally in relation to the BAU team's processes and procedures.
  • Monitoring changes in practice, professional rules, regulations and the law as affects financial crime and sanctions globally and escalating any proposed adjustments/enhancements to the Heads of Business Acceptance Unit and Financial Crime & Sanctions for consideration.
  • Assisting and supporting the Money Laundering Compliance Officer and Head of Financial Crime & Sanctions in ensuring that firm and BAU policy and procedure in the areas of financial crime and sanctions, including client ID checks, meet applicable requirements and that the process is as efficient and streamlined as possible, whilst remaining thorough and rigorous.
  • Helping to develop and refine internal databases and evaluating external databases of information/services for use in the business acceptance process, particularly technological solutions in the area of anti-money laundering compliance.
  • Helping in the design of and taking day-to-day responsibility for the management of major financial crime and sanctions projects (e. introduction of new technological solutions and processes) and other work-streams (e. sanctions matter records sweeps).
  • Assisting in the design, implementation and delivery of training for the BAU team and fee earners in the areas of financial crime and sanctions, particularly anti-money laundering compliance.
  • Being a senior point of contact for the HR team, including helping to manage the recruitment process in relation to vacancies in the BAU Analyst team and conducting regular performance review meetings with the relevant members of the BAU Analyst team and the AML Regulation Officer.
  • Where requested, representing the BAU in the areas of financial crime and sanctions at cross-departmental and external meetings.
  • Managing and supervising the process for responding to regulatory audit requests relating to anti-money laundering compliance, including liaising with local MLROs to ensure the necessary information is available and any post-audit recommendations implemented.
  • Assisting with anti-money laundering compliance audits commissioned by the firm.
  • Managing and supervising the process for ongoing client screening, including helping refine and further develop use of the technology.
  • Providing regular reports and updates of team workload to BAU team management.
  • Being flexible in undertaking the above responsibilities and any others so required.


What you'll need to succeed

  • A qualified Lawyer with existing senior level experience of the work and responsibilities of the BAU team, including specifically in the areas of anti-money laundering and sanctions compliance.
  • Commercially and practically minded and able to see the bigger picture when needed.
  • Ability to analyse facts and scenarios thoroughly (and yet quickly) and to proactively put forward resolutions to problems.
  • Top-level task management and organisational skills and a proven ability to manage multiple tasks under time pressure.
  • Strong communicator with a proven ability to motivate others and to communicate positively and effectively with team members, fee earners and support staff.
  • Willingness to work hard and to take day-to-day responsibility for the BAU's key processes in the areas of financial crime and sanctions.
  • Possessing a "can do" approach with an ability to solve problems and look beyond practical and logistical challenges by suggesting solutions and implementing them.
  • Strong people management skills and experience with an interest in mentoring.
  • Enthusiastic, self-motivated and pro-active.


What you'll get in return

An excellent salary and package are on offer for you here.

What you need to do now

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