Compliance Officer

Term: Permanent
Working hours: Full-time
Practice area: Risk & Compliance
Location: Guildford
The Firm

Stevens & Bolton is one of the largest teams of lawyers in the South outside London. Independently recognised as one of the UK's leading national law firms we build deep relationships with our clients, whose satisfaction with our services is the true measure of our success.

Our single office approach ensures excellent communications and efficient co-ordination of our resources. We handle complex and strategic work for our clients, but appreciate the importance of value for money, commercial awareness and flexibility. International work is as important to us as our domestic practice and we regularly work with many carefully selected law firms around the world.

We want enjoyment to be a primary driver in the working day - and a key 'reason to be here' for our employees. It's a philosophy that comes from the top and cascades through the organisation. It is upheld through a combination of factors: delivering quality in everything we do; securing stimulating, challenging work that stretches and rewards; employing truly distinctive, diverse people who willingly engage, collaborate and support; committing to continuous development for everyone; and providing a sustaining environment in which people can learn and grow.

The Role

Reporting to the Head of Risk & Compliance, the role is as follows:

Job purpose

To ensure the firm and individuals within the firm practise and promote the highest standards of legal and regulatory compliance; promoting the reputation of the firm and advancing thinking on risk management.

Key responsibilities and duties include

  • Act as first point of contact for internal risk and compliance queries;
  • Address all areas of legal and regulatory compliance, including conflicts, AML, Bribery Act procedures, undertakings, terms of engagement and the file audit programme
  • Assist with the development and implementation of the risk management framework for the firm including:
  • Drafting risk and compliance procedures
  • Assisting with the preparation of reports to senior management
  • Risk projects, as required.
  • Communicate key regulatory and compliance messages via the firm’s intranet
  • Assist with drafting and delivering training on risk and compliance matters.
Qualifications and Experience

Experience in either private practice or in-house with a Regulator in regulatory compliance (including knowledge of the SRA handbook), or in any corporate, commercial or litigation teams.

Attitude & Skills

  • A confident self-starter who is comfortable handling a broad range of regulatory queries from across the firm
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Excellent time management, ability to prioritise work and execute it efficiently.
  • Team player
The Opportunity

This position would suit a lawyer looking for a change of direction, or a risk and compliance professional looking to work in a dynamic and forward thinking firm. Degree qualified preferable