The role is to assist the firm's General Counsel and Head of Risk
& Compliance in the provision of risk-related support to the firm,
with particular focus on conflicts of interest.
What will you do:
Assisting the firm's General Counsel and Head of Risk &
Compliance in advising and supporting the firm in relation to
mitigation of its general legal and regulatory risks. Although the
candidate's particular area of focus and responsibility will be
conflicts of interest, he/she will need to have a basic
understanding of the all of the main components of risk affecting a
law firm i.e. the SRA Code, the AML rules, sanctions, and any other
relevant legal obligations (such as anti-bribery, Modern Slavery,
DAC6, failure to prevent facilitation of tax evasion etc) in order
to assist, as part of the legal Risk & Compliance team, with
keeping the firm's risk management policies and processes up to date
and dealing with queries from lawyers and business services on these issues.
Working with the Conflicts Team Manager to ensure that our new
client/matter processes are fit for purpose in identifying and
managing conflicts, and that they are efficient and comply with our
Advising lawyers in relation to conflicts queries and assisting
them in resolving any issues, including the creation of information
barriers, providing drafting on the conflicts position for inclusion
in engagement letters, acting as an intermediary between partners
where material confidential information could be involved etc
Dealing with day-to-day queries from the Conflicts Team in
relation to conflicts and escalating to the Head of Risk &
Compliance or General Counsel as appropriate
Providing training to lawyers, business services staff and the
Conflicts Team on the conflicts of interest rules and the relevant
policies/processes of the firm (in person and using e-learning)
Assisting the Head of Risk & Compliance and General Counsel
with risk management projects on an ad hoc basis (e.g. client
audits, reviewing and ensuring compliance with new rules and
What we are looking for:
The candidate must:
have a degree level qualification; and
ideally have experience of working in a commercial law firm; and either
be a qualified lawyer who has a strong appreciation for the
circumstances when risk management considerations (particularly
conflicts issues) will be relevant; or
have a legal background and experience (i.e. a legal
executive/paralegal), including strong experience of advising on
conflicts issues within a law firm.
Knowledge and technical skills:
The applicant will have a good understanding of the conflicts
rules and how they apply to law firms and will be able to apply this
knowledge in drafting, updating and implementing relevant policies
and procedures, and in advising lawyers on whether they can accept
potential new instructions and what mitigating steps they need to
take (e.g. information barriers, client consent etc).
The applicant will need a good understanding of the types of work
undertaken by the firm (or an ability to gain the understanding
quickly), and will be expected to become familiar with the
operations of the various business services functions of the firm.
The applicant will quickly need to gain an in-depth understanding
of how the firm's Dynamics AX Enterprise Portal (the IT system used
for on-boarding and recording new client/matters) works, and also
Intapp Conflicts (which the firm will soon be incorporating and
using for conflicts clearance). He/she will also need to become
familiar with the electronic search tools used by the Conflicts
Team. The role therefore requires a candidate who is fully IT
literate and comfortable working with different IT systems.
The role requires clear skills in drafting (policies, guidelines,
training, engagement letter wording etc).
The applicant will need to have the confidence and ability to
engage with partners, associates and business services staff at all
levels, and have the skills which enable them to build trust in
relationships with those people. This will include the ability to
deliver training to the firm.
Here at Simmons & Simmons:
We believe our people define us. Our working environment is genuinely
collegiate with a supportive atmosphere and team ethos - we have a
reputation for being a friendly culture which we are very proud of. An
inclusive and diverse culture, our innovative approach and being truly
international are just a few more things that make us, us.
Competitive Offer Package including bonus's dependant on
role/level, private medical insurance & pension contribution to
name a few.
Dress 'for your day' Code.
Hybrid working approach of 2 days a week required in the office
with flexibility dependant on role/team/client demands.
A wide range of international offices including: Hong Kong; Dubai;
Tokyo; Dublin; Milan; Bristol; Madrid; Singapore.
All offices have their own artwork collections - with a Damien
Hurst and a Tracey Emin in the London office. We have a long
standing history in supporting the art community especially up and
The creation of Simmons & Simmons Solutions - bringing
together the best legal advice from our established legal teams with
non-traditional capabilities that enhance, expand and differentiate
the Simmons offering.
We were ranked as a Times Top 50 Employer for Women and Top 30
Employer for Working Families in 2020.
We have Social and Sport Committees contributing to Xmas &
Summer parties, end of month drinks and various sporting events.
We also have a range of Diversity Network Groups including LGBT+,
Emerge (Race & Ethnicity) and The Number One Club (Women's
network) who have organised various talks and events firmwide.
If you are interested in finding out more about this position then
please contact the Recruitment Team with any questions. To apply for
the role please click on the link at the bottom of the page/visit
the career pages on our website, where there is also a detailed job description.