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Trainee Conflicts & AML Analyst

Company Gowling WLG Location Birmingham
Contract Full Time Salary Competitive
Sector(s) Legal

Job Description

We have more than 1,400 legal professionals working around the world. Our offices span across 19 cities in Canada, the UK, Continental Europe, Asia and the Middle East. There's strength in our global presence – we embrace our differing cultures and work together as one team. We also understand the importance of investing in relationships that build knowledge and trust, while we provide legal advice that's tailored to our clients' world.

'Our people and distinct culture are what makes us different. We know this through client and employee feedback and this drives everything we do''

 Chris Oglethorpe, HR Director.

There are great opportunities for all our people to flourish. Through training and personal development they can grow in their role. Our people are the cornerstone of our success, across legal, business support and early talent. We care about their happiness and believe in the power of teamwork. We want them to feel empowered and recognise that by supporting, respecting and embracing everyone's different contributions we achieve more.

Working flexibly, working fairly

Agile working offers people more freedom and flexibility in where, when, and how they work. As technology advances and our workforce becomes more diverse – and with clients often working to a 24/7 rhythm – having extra flexibility is key to helping us balance work and other commitments sensibly and productively.

By supporting people to choose where and when they get their work done, we help them to make a full and fair contribution to their team – while maintaining that all important work-life balance.

Where possible and depending on business needs, we will consider all flexible working options such as part-time working, job sharing, working from home and staggered hours. If in considering a role with Gowling WLG you favour flexibility in your working arrangements, please discuss this with the recruitment team in the early stages of the application process.

Main Duties and Responsibilities
  • Carrying out conflict/confidentiality searches;identifying where issues of conflict may arise and/or where there may be concerns regarding material confidential information by examining and analysingoften complex information and providing detailed feedback to fee earners and partners incompliance with the SRA Code of Conduct.

  • Observing non-disclosure agreements in respect of client confidentiality and combination conflict handling

  • Applying protocols to cross jurisdictional conflicts

  • Using and navigating systems outside the UK

  • Where possible, analysing proposed matters and existing matter files and applying SRA exceptions to conflicts of interest in order to achieve a workable solution.

  • Carrying out client due diligence for individuals, corporate structures, partnerships, trusts, foundations and many others.Analysing corporate documentation, understanding and interpreting corporation information from global sources and ensuring the firm complies fully with its legal obligations regarding anti-money laundering and terrorist financing.

  • Taking ownership of assigned KYC matters, ensuring information gathered is compliant with anti-money laundering regulations and Law Society guidance and where necessary, liaising directly with clients to achieve this.

  • Where required, handling firmly yet sensitively the reluctance from fee earners and partners to accept one's decision regarding a conflict of interest or client opening.

  • In more complex cases, working with senior colleagues to investigate and resolve.

  • Dealing with PA and fee earner enquiries regarding client and matter acceptance.

Key skills and experience
  • Educated to degree level, a law degree would be advantageous

  • Ability to understand and interpret complex corporate structures

  • Knowledge and understanding of the SRA’s rules in relation to conflicts and confidentiality and The Law Society’s guidance on client due diligence and anti-money laundering

  • Understanding of Canadian case law is desirable

  • Previous knowledge or experience of compliance/money laundering/regulatory issues would be an advantage

  • Ability to analyse complex data.

  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills.

  • Ability to prioritise workload and work within tight deadlines.

  • Team player with a flexible approach.

  • Ability to keep calm under pressure and deliver excellent client service.

  • Ability to build relationships

Equal Opportunities

Gowling WLG is committed both to promoting equality and diversity in the firm and to Equal Opportunities in employment.  The firm believes in equality of opportunity regardless of race or racial group (including colour, nationality, ethnicity, national origins), religion or belief, age, disability, sexual orientation, sex, gender re-assignment and gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, and pregnancy, maternity and paternity.  This also includes any incidents of perceptive or associative discrimination and harassment.

At Gowling WLG we seek to attract and retain talented people from a diverse range of backgrounds and cultures, to create an exciting and rewarding place to work.  Our aim is to fulfil everyone's potential and together to achieve personal and business goals.


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