General Counsel - Leading UK Firm

Lewis Silkin is a UK top-75 law firm with offices in London, Oxford, Cardiff, Dublin and Hong Kong. The firm is recognised by clients, industries and peer firms alike as having something distinct to offer, namely its deep understanding, insight and advice to creative, innovative and brand-focused businesses. Furthermore, the firm has long been renowned for its marketing-leading international practice in employment, immigration and reward. With 59 partners and more than 340 staff, the firm is structured around two key divisions, Employment, Immigration and Reward (EIR) and Creators, Makers and Innovators (CMI). We are proud of the firm’s reputation for delivering pragmatic, commercial advice in a refreshingly human way. We are cohesive, supportive and innovative.

We are looking to appoint a General Counsel to the firm. Acting as COLP and MLRO and reporting directly to the Chair of the Partnership, you will spearhead the effective management of risk and compliance across the firm and ensure strong and effective governance of the organisation, which will include advising on the day to day commercial legal matters. Ideally you will have a range of legal and regulatory experience to offer, including general commercial and litigation. It is important that you have a strong understanding of the regulatory environment in which the firm and its associate businesses operate, including experience of handling complex risk issues and dealing with the SRA and other relevant regulators. As part of the Operations Board and Risk Committee you will play an important and influential role within the firm, including management of the LLP Membership Agreement.

The firm is looking for someone with the personality and people skills to influence, lead and motivate fee-earners to engage with risk and other issues and to work with people to implement an enhanced compliance regime. You will be a trusted adviser to the management of the firm and the role represents an outstanding opportunity for an existing COLP or MLRO to step up to General Counsel or for someone from another regulated professional services environment to move into the legal sector.

If you are interested in this opportunity and would like to know more, please contact our retained recruitment adviser, Chris Cayley of Cayley Coughtrie, on 020 3617 2774 or by email at Closing date for applications 1st November.

Cayley Coughtrie are retained exclusively on this appointment. All third party and direct applications will be forwarded to them for consideration.

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