Interim Head of Risk & Compliance

Location
England, London, City of London
Salary
Negotiable
Posted
09 Oct 2020
Closes
06 Nov 2020
Ref
RC1009
Contact
Ryder Reid Legal
Job Title
Project Manager
Industry Sector
Legal
Contract Type
Contract
Hours
Full Time

Ryder Reid is working with a highly respected US law firm to recruit a Head of Risk & Compliance, London on a 12 month fixed term contract basis. The Interim Head of Risk & Compliance, London will work alongside the COLP, COFA and MLRO in the management of the compliance function for the firm. Reporting into the COLP, key responsibilities for the Head of Risk & Compliance, London will include:

Strategy & Governance:

  • Designing, implementing and leading the Firm's risk management and compliance planning across all offices, as aligned to the Firm's wider business strategy
  • Conducting compliance reviews and investigations, reporting to the COLP / COFA, Partners and Management Team on any current issues, threats or developments as required
  • Advising on corporate governance and assisting with the drafting of the LLP Deed and related agreements
  • Advising on contracts in connection with Firm ventures (such as litigation funders, discovery/disclosure providers and IT outsourcing businesses)
  • Managing the Quarterly COLP and COFA meetings and recording any breaches and initiatives for change

Legal & Compliance:

  • Drafting, negotiating, reviewing and managing all the Firm's contracts, outside guidelines, engagement letters and procurement terms
  • Leading on the Firm's internal legal matters e. litigation/claims (for and against the firm), deed provisions, employment issues and lease renewals etc.
  • Advising on and leading firm‐wide projects e. Brexit planning
  • Ensuring compliance with UK (SRA and BSB), French (Paris Bar) and US (DC Bar / ABA rules) rules, authorisations and renewals
  • Managing the Firms GDPR (data protection) and privacy processes
  • Oversight of and advising on Anti‐Money Laundering / Customer Due Diligence requirements
  • Managing complex Conflicts of interest and confidentiality (including advising on all relevant rules)
  • Advising on Financial sanctions, Anti‐Bribery & Corruption and Tax Evasion
  • Advising on Financial services regulation

Risk Management:

  • Designing and managing risk management procedures, and advising on ongoing requirements and best practice, including those in connection with:
    • Insurance requirements (professional liability/indemnity, standard office insurances and all related renewals and claims)
    • Complaints and conduct issues
    • Information security and breach management
    • Business continuity
    • Maintaining the Firm's Interests, Appointments and Gifts register

Documentation & Training:

  • Drafting and maintaining the Firm's R&C policies, procedures and best practice documentation
  • Researching and drafting briefings on complex legal market and regulatory changes
  • Providing and leading on training in all areas of R&C, on, e., applicable ethical rules, conflicts, data protection, anti‐money laundering, antibribery, sanctions, professional liability, etc., developing and updating training materials and guidance notes as required
  • Responsibility for leading on developing and delivering training programmes

Projects:

  • Providing advice on R&C in relation to the delivery of wider business projects, which might include:
    • New office launches (and the associated regulatory / company applications/ formations and registrations, as well as all new policies and procedures for the jurisdiction);
    • Outsourcing ventures and IT systems changes; and
    • Other ad hoc projects arising from external changes

The ideal candidate for the Head of Risk & Compliance, London will be a qualified lawyer, with strong Risk/Compliance experience within a law firm. Good knowledge of the SRA Handbook, Money Laundering Regulations and other relevant legislation is essential. You will have a commercial approach, a professional attitude and the ability to meet tight deadlines and remain calm under pressure. You must be a self-starter, with good project management skills and be able to work with people of all levels in a constructive way.

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