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Legal Counsel

  • Location:

    London

  • Sector:

    Legal

  • Job type:

    Permanent

  • Salary:

    NEG

  • Contact:

    James O'Donnell

  • Contact email:

    jamesod@phoenixsearch.com

  • Job ref:

    3619

  • Published:

    about 1 month ago

  • Expiry date:

    2024-02-21

Legal Counsel
Position: Legal Counsel
Reporting to: Head of Legal
Industry: Wealth Management 
Location: London, UK

Purpose:
Reporting to the Head of Legal, your role will be pivotal in ensuring effective legal risk management aligned with the Groups risk profile and financial objectives, with a focus on Group investment services and SIPP products.

Responsibilities:
  • Review, draft, negotiate and advise on Group contracts in line with business objectives and regulatory requirements.
  • Lead the Legal Team on Group terms and conditions, addressing regulatory and client considerations.
  • Provide legal support to Risk & Compliance and business unit teams, offering day-to-day advice and contributing to committees and working groups.
  • Maintain knowledge on Group services, SIPP offerings, and relevant regulatory matters.
  • Take accountability for the accuracy and timely completion of legal deliverables.
  • Identify and escalate issues, proposing solutions for resolution.
  • Ensure timescales for legal deliverables are consistently maintained, prioritising tasks effectively.
  • Maintain clear records and an audit trail of version control, advice, and issue resolution.
  • Contribute to ensuring the integrity of the Group contracts repository and matter management data.
  • Identify opportunities to share knowledge and enhance the delivery of legal services.
  • Assist team members as required, collaborating effectively with colleagues.
Knowledge and Experience:
  • Excellent commercial lawyer with expertise in contract law, including customer terms.
  • Prior industry experience with knowledge of FCA regulatory framework for retail investment advice, platform, and SIPP products.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, especially Word.
Skills:
  • Core contract review, drafting, negotiating, and advice skillset.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills tailored for the relevant audience.
  • Strong analytical skills, verifying against drafting and other relevant information sources.
  • Proactive and pragmatic in risk and stakeholder management.
  • Highly organised, able to manage competing priorities under pressure effectively.
Qualifications:
  • UK qualified solicitor with a strong academic background.
  • Other Relevant Information:
  • Flexible and adaptive within a small Legal team.
  • Displays understanding of client and colleague needs.
  • Enthusiastic, professional, highly motivated team player.
Benefits:
  • Competitive company-matched pension contributions.
  • Excellent Vitality private health cover.
  • Life insurance options, income protection, and death in service benefits.
  • Competitive family-friendly benefits.
  • Hybrid, flexible working with core hours between 10 am and 4 pm.
  • 27 days annual leave plus bank holidays.
  • Subsidised gym membership.
  • Bike2work scheme.
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