RISK AND BEST PRACTICE MANAGER

Job Description

Salary: Competitive

Location; Midland Bridge House, Bath This is a permanent, full time vacancy that will close in 10 days at 23:59 GMT. The Vacancy We are currently recruiting for a Risk and Best Practice Manager to join our Bath or Oxford office. The role will include management of the firm’s Risk and Compliance arrangements, including its policies and procedures, and providing advice on compliance and regulatory matters to partners and staff. Duties will include: * Assist the Director of Risk and Best Practice and Senior Risk Lawyer in promoting and embedding a culture of compliance within RWK Goodman and ensure everyone is aware of their risk and compliance responsibilities * As a line manager, be the escalation point for risk and compliance queries including those arising out of the risk inbox and through the client and matter inception process. Providing coaching to other members of the team * Produce concise, professional, policies, bulletins, communications and training materials to improve risk and compliance knowledge across the firm; assist with the firm’s compliance training programme * Provide technical advice on a broad range of risk and compliance matters, including but not limited to: anti-money laundering and client due diligence, data protection and information security, conflicts of interests and confidentiality issues, fee sharing and referral arrangements, Insurance Distribution Directive, Legal Aid Agency queries, Lexcel queries, and professional ethics queries * Lead and manage compliance and best practice projects to improve compliance across the firm * Work closely with departments to understand their commercial needs and ambitions and provide guidance on any compliance implications * Assist with the management of the compliance policy portfolio and ensure all policies and reviewed regularly and training provided * Assist the Director of Risk and Best Practice and Senior Risk Lawyer with the creation of KPIs and performance metrics to report on the effectiveness of compliance controls to senior management committees and stakeholders; analyse root cause analysis of compliance breaches and make recommendations for improvement * Carry out audits to assess compliance with policies and procedures and make recommendations for remedial action * Assist with the firm’s Legal Aid Agency contracts, audits and associated administration * Administer the ongoing maintenance of the firm’s compliance-related standards (currently Lexcel) and facilitate external audits * Carry out any other ad-hoc duties as requested from time to time Skills, Experience and Attributes: * Experience of working in Risk and Compliance within a law firm * Good working knowledge of the relevant laws, regulations and codes of conduct applicable to the operation of a law firm, including the SRA Standards and Regulations, Data Protection and Anti-Money laundering * Knowledge of Legal Aid work and quality standards would be desirable * Minimum degree-level education or equivalent – legal or compliance qualification preferred * Managerial / coaching others experience is highly desirable * Excellent communication and report-writing skills * Analytical, numerate and good attention to detail * Excellent organisation skills with the ability to prioritise effectively * Client service focused * Supportive and nurturing line manager The Company We’re RWK Goodman – a progressive Top 100 law firm. We exist to unlock potential and create a lasting positive impact for our clients, colleagues and communities. Our purpose is what drives our business forward. It’s our guiding principle. And it’s why our clients trust us to be their life-long legal partner. Over 570 colleagues. 36 specialist areas. 3 core divisions. With offices across the South West, Thames Valley and London. We are widely known for our technical expertise and diverse client base across industries and sectors. As a people-focused firm, ours is a culture of heart, not ego. In our inclusive environment, we support each other as we strive for success. For ourselves. For each other. And for our clients and communities. We know our people are what sets us apart. That’s why we’re committed to creating a dynamic and inclusive environment where you can thrive and achieve your full potential. Because this isn’t ‘just another job in law’. This is an opportunity for ambitious legal professionals to develop rewarding careers, in a culture that cares. We’re on a mission to create a dynamic and inclusive culture. And that starts with our recruitment process. If you have a disability, whether visible or not, we want to work with you every step of the way. Because we want to give you the best chance of success when you apply. If you need any reasonable adjustments to accommodate your disability, such as extra time on written assessments, an accessible interview room or a quiet space before and after the interview, please speak to our Recruitment Team so that we can work together to help bring your best self. Career Development Over a number of years, we have developed a robust and transparent framework which shows you exactly what you need to achieve in order to grow your career at the firm. This isn’t just about hitting KPIs. The framework helps you to understand how your contribution and behaviours are woven together to create the basis for your progression in the firm. From Secretary to Partner, you can see exactly what is expected of you along the way

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