Business and Financial Crime Associate or Barrister (3-7yrs PQE or call)
Weightmans is a Top 45 law firm with offices throughout the UK. Having been recognised as the leading legal employer at the annual Britain's Top Employers awards 2021 and achieved record rankings in Chambers UK, we are immensely proud of the work we carry out for our clients and the culture we provide to our people.
Weightmans is currently rectuiting for a Business and Financial Crime Associate or Barrister (3-7yrs PQE or call to the bar)
Whilst our preferred location for this particular role would be London. We will consider applications from candidates on a national basis.
This role is to assist the partner and other case handlers with their caseloads, and manage your own case load, of varied non-motor and non-H&S regulatory work. The work the team conducts predominantly concerns business and financial crime matters involving corporates or individuals including the likes of fraud, anti-bribery, corruption and other regulatory offences. The role is both case handling and advisory in nature.
Key duties and responsibilities
- Assist the partner and other case handlers with a wide variety of regulatory cases, predominantly business and financial crime
- Manage own case load of regulatory work under supervision but with high degree of autonomy and personal responsibility
- Provide regulatory advice, guidance and training to clients
- Conduct own advocacy
- Assist the team and wider department with the development of the regulatory practice
- Attend off-site visits and meetings, such as visits to court, regulators’ offices, police stations, clients etc
- Conduct and attend marketing and business development activities and events
- Achieve set financial and chargeable targets
- Ensure relevant deadlines, quality measures and KIPS are adhered to
- Comply with relevant policies and procedures
- Work in accordance with Weightmans’ values
This list is not intended to be exhaustive and you will be expected to perform other duties and have other responsibilities that fall within the wider remit of the role.
The person specification
- 3-7 yrs PQE or call to the Bar
- Experienced advocate in the Magistrates’ Court and or Crown Court preferably (but not essential) with experience in applying for civil orders in the Magistrates’ Court
- Proven track record in advising on data protection compliance, data requests, data breaches and interaction with the Information Commissioner
- Experience of interviews under caution or advising on interviews under caution
- Knowledge and experience of advising in relation to HMRC investigations, prosecutions and Forfeiture
- Experience in advising in relation to HMRC, Police fraud investigation and prosecutions
- Knowledge and experience of money and asset forfeiture and Confiscation
- Experience of giving transactional due diligence advice
- Excellent case handling skills including but not limited to: communication; IT and technology; time management and organisational; prioritisation; working to deadlines and targets; collaboration and working with others; and flexibility.
- Any reference to experience or PQE in our adverts or job descriptions is to be used as a guideline only. We welcome applicants from all backgrounds and with different levels of experience who can demonstrate that they fulfil the requirements of the role.
- The successful candidate appointed to this role will be subject to our standard background checking process, and any offer of employment made is conditional upon successful completion of those checks. Further details can be obtained from the Recruitment team.
- We're committed to diversity and inclusion and to creating an environment where everyone can reach their full potential.