Risk & Compliance Analyst/Paralegal

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Term: Permanent
Working hours: Full-time (37.5 hours)
Reports to: Risk & Compliance Manager
Department: Business Services
Location: London, Oxford or Cardiff
Specialism: Risk & Compliance
The firm

Lewis Silkin works with leading businesses to protect and enhance their most important assets - their ideas, their people, their brand and their future. We call it: Ideas. People. Possibilities.

With offices in London, Oxford, Cardiff, Belfast, Dublin and Hong Kong, we are recognised by clients and industry alike as being distinct for our unique culture, market-leading practice areas, sector focused approach and for providing solutions to complex, multijurisdictional business challenges, with a pragmatic and human touch. We have two things at our core: people — both ours and our clients’— and a focus on creative, tech and innovative businesses.

Our culture is encapsulated by an ethos of bravery and kindness, guided by our values of Integrity, Clarity, Unity and Excellence (our ‘I-CUE’). We aim to provide a supportive environment for our people, clients and wider community and embrace diversity & inclusion, ensuring people are able to bring their full selves to work.

The department

About the team

The Risk & Compliance team at Lewis Silkin is a dynamic and full-service function with a breadth of responsibility across the firm. Roles offer variety in the day-to-day running of the function but include longer-term project work, strategic planning and a focus on personal development. The team is looking to grow and build upon its existing skills and expertise.


Main purpose of role

Assist the Risk & Compliance Manager and General Counsel with the day-to-day running of the firm’s client and matter onboarding procedures and other client and matter-related tasks. This is a new role so we anticipate that there may be additional responsibilities required of this position as both the team expands and the successful candidate grows into the role.

Key Responsibilities

  • To provide effective, professional support to the Risk & Compliance team and wider business.
  • Key duties include:
    • Carrying out anti-money laundering checks on new and existing clients;
    • Conducting PEP and sanction searches;
    • Assisting with onboarding new clients and supporting the business with queries about onboarding;
    • Risk analysis on new and existing clients and matters;
    • Reviewing conflict of interest searches;
    • Liaising with the wider business regarding risk and compliance issues;
    • Carrying out anti-money laundering file audits;
    • Providing support to the business on setting up and maintaining information barriers;
    • Assisting the business with the preparation of responses regarding the firm’s risk and compliance processes to client tenders / Requests for Proposal (RFPs);
    • Assisting the Risk & Compliance Manager and General Counsel as needed.

Requirements for Role

  • Prior experience of risk and compliance in a law firm or other professional services organisation subject to applicable UK money laundering regulations is preferred, but not a requirement.
  • Outstanding organisational skills and attention to detail.
  • Able to demonstrate high levels of discretion, sensitivity and confidentiality.
  • Proactive approach to ensuring that all relevant work is completed in a timely and efficient manner.
  • Good communication skills, both written and oral.
  • Willingness to learn.
  • Strong analytical skills.

IT skills required

  • Proficient IT skills using the Microsoft Office applications (including Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Outlook).
  • Experience or knowledge of document management systems (such as NetDocs) and client/matter inception software (such as Intapp OPEN) and would be beneficial but not essential as full training will be provided.

Educational and professional qualifications required

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent experience level.
Additional information

At Lewis Silkin our ethos is simple. We strive to do the best for our clients, our people and the communities in which we operate. We recognise that an inclusive workplace allows for all kinds of ideas and thoughts, a variety of points of view that can trigger discussions or deliver innovative results, and a wide range of versatile skills and expertise. We are proud of the diversity within Lewis Silkin and of our culture that allows people to be themselves at work, ensuring we provide the best possible service to our clients. We are committed to finding the right person for this role and are open to discussing flexible working patterns and office location.