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Conflicts and Ethics Counsel – Business Acceptance Team

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner London Full-time

To provide professional, efficient and high quality support to the OGC’s Management team (“OGCM”) and to the Business Acceptance Team “BAT”) in managing the firm’s risk exposure on a range of legal and compliance issues relating to business acceptance. Over time you will become expert in dealing with the full range of legal, commercial and reputational risks arising from conflicts of interest, sanctions, financial crime and anti-money laundering (“AML”).

What’s in it for you?

  • You will be an integral part of the OGCM consisting of senior practitioners with responsibility for supporting a number of key elements of the firm’s business acceptance risk management and compliance framework
  • The OGC has a global and cross-functional advisory remit. Our aims are to promote a risk aware culture based on ethics and integrity and to ensure everyone is aware of and pro-actively manages risk at all levels across our business in a way that enables us to achieve our strategic and business objectives and protects our reputation
  • We work closely with the Managing Partners, the Board, the Management Committee and our dedicated risk champions across the practice groups, in our international offices and within the Business Services departments
  • This is a varied and challenging role which may over time be developed to increase scope and responsibility


  • Facilitate the firm’s global client and matter acceptance processes, particularly by analysing complex issues across the range of business acceptance risks, including conflicts, financial crime and AML, sanctions, reputational and commercial risk. Training and mentoring will be provided to quickly upskill in areas where you do not currently have expertise
  • Act as a contact point for queries and referrals from within the BAT, the US arm of the OGC and the business in relation to business acceptance risks and the interpretation of relevant legislation, contractual and policy requirements
  • Coordinate with partners, other fee earners and the US arm of the OGC to identify/prevent/manage and resolve potential legal and commercial conflicts, financial crime and AML and client due diligence and sanctions issues (or other legal, regulatory or professional issues which are relevant to a decision concerning whether the firm may accept a particular mandate or client)
  • As a member of the firm’s global Business Acceptance Committee, assist in the review and approval of higher risk clients and matters
  • Support the MLRO and/or Deputy MLRO in relation to Proceeds of Crime Act internal suspicion reports and, where necessary, liaising with the National Crime Agency in relation to the same; development and maintaining network of local MLPO officers
  • Support OGCM in respect of other review, monitoring and external reporting requirements concerning economic sanctions issues; external reporting to OFSI, as required, and liaison with other offices in respect of this issue
  • Assist in the ongoing development, implementation and refinement of business enabling, risk-based compliance policy and procedures, with a focus on developing harmonised global policies to support the merger
  • Carry out other discrete projects and any other tasks to support the efforts of the OGC
  • Assist with the delivery of awareness raising, education and training activities to the CT and the business in relation to business acceptance risks

Experience and Knowledge


  • Legally qualified and admitted to practise in the UK (or another common law or EU jurisdiction)
  • Knowledge of legislation, ethical rules and guidelines and related compliance issues applicable to international law firms
  • Expertise in the identification, prevention, management and resolution of legal and commercial conflicts of interest
  • Experience working in a commercial (preferably international) environment
  • Experience of dealing with senior stakeholders across various jurisdictions on the commercially focused resolution of difficult and complex business acceptance issues


  • Experience across the range of business acceptance risk issues, including financial crime and AML, client due diligence and sanctions risks
  • Practical experience managing US conflict rules issues

Attitude and Skills

  • Excellent research and analytical skills and experience
  • Outstanding communication skills both oral and written; with an ability to articulate complex issues in an accurate, concise and clear manner; appropriately selects best communication medium; understands the importance of adapting communication style to different situations, individuals and stakeholders
  • Ability to take ownership of issues and run with them through completion; identifying the key elements of a complex problem and able to apply the relevant legislation, regulatory rule, policy or procedure to create a sensible / risk based solution; considering the practical nature of advice when proposing a solution, including the risks, for the business
  • Diligent/strong work ethic
  • Shows initiative, is proactive and takes ownership of their own workload without repeated escalation; copes with unanticipated events; anticipates and explores the possibility for change; creates new ideas to add value and puts them to senior colleagues
  • Displays awareness of commercial environment and understands significant of matters in the wider context of the firm’s business
  • Prioritising and multitasking skills; taking responsibility for prioritising work; flexible and adapts to pressure and changing demand on time; comfortable working on more than one piece of work at a time
  • Proactively seeks out new experiences, challenges and training opportunities to develop knowledge and skills; seeks feedback and is able to self-assess own performance accurately; actively participates in own development
  • Trustworthy with the ability to display discretion when dealing with confidential and sensitive information
  • Personable and good team working skills and a sense of humour
  • Language skills are an advantage (particularly Mandarin, Cantonese, Russian, German or Arabic)


  • As a regulated firm of solicitors, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP (“BCLP”) is required to undertake appropriate vetting of staff. In addition to completion, by applicants who accept a job offer, of a regulatory questionnaire, BCLP uses a specialist provider to undertake professional verification and background checks (including through electronic data sources, and directly with employers and professional bodies/regulators) on our behalf. We will also undertake certain verifications ourselves
  • BCLP adopts a risk-based approach to its vetting procedures, which are only undertaken with consent, and in accordance with it legal and regulatory obligations. For further details, please see our recruitment website:

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