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 the companies internal compliance controls and policies are operating effectively and recommending ways to strengthen their internal risk structure.
The role will provide support, education and training to build risk awareness within the company.
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.
- 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
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