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Director of Compliance & Risk

Reference: 21264


Belfast, County Antrim



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Date Posted

21 July, 2023

Director of Compliance & Risk

Abacus Careers are delighted to be assisting our client for the position of Director of Compliance and Risk.

This is a great opportunity to work with a market leader that has built a strong reputation over the years.  Our client boasts an excellent employer brand, an unprecedented reputation for service delivery and a first class level client base.

Widely recognised as a leading law firm in this area, you will also be able to demonstrate your ability to manage client relationships professionally and focus on delivering an excellent quality level of service.


  • Effective Regulatory Compliance- Providing advice and guidance on legal and regulatory issues, researching and drafting responses to queries from Fee Earners on issues ranging from AML queries, data protection queries, compliance with LSNI/other regulatory requirements.
  • Risk Management- Maintaining Risk Register, conducting Firm wide Risk Assessments for AML, CTF, Modern Anti-Slavery, Bribery & Corruption, risk review of contracts with clients and suppliers, identifying legal risk and implementing measures to reduce and/or manage risk.
  • Management of complaints and PI Claims- Helping to manage complaints and PI litigation files including file review, preparing documents for disclosure to panel law firm, advising Equity Partners on options and next steps.
  • Ethical business decisions- The ethical issues which impact on the firm (and are important to our clients) must form part or our strategic decision making. Providing advice on issues including sustainability, transparency, anti-bribery and corruption, Criminal Finances Act, Modern Anti-Slavery and conflicts of interest.
  • Driving forward change-Dealing with other business support heads (Finance, HR, IT) and partners to identify areas for improvement and to drive forward change/projects, supporting new lines of business.  Providing input into business and strategic decisions from a compliance perspective;
  • Conflict checking- Chairing conflict queries to be dealt with by the Risk and Compliance Team and arranging for a Committee of three Equity Partners to determine when a resolution cannot be reached. Providing training on conflicts of interest
  • Managing the firm’s risk and incident registers;
  • Conducting regular reviews of the firm’s risk and quality compliance policies and procedures and ensure that reviews take place within the appropriate time period;
  • Assisting with ISO and other quality accreditation schemes;
  • Ensuring compliance with the firm’s onboarding process;


  • Previous experience working in a role in Risk and Compliance within a Professional Services setting, such as a Law Firm, Financial Services, Banking or Accountancy
  • You will demonstrate understanding of the SRA handbook and AML would be essential
  • Knowledge of ISO9001 is advantageous but not essential.
  • Ability to set and manage key stakeholder expectations
  • Experience in analysing and drafting regulatory plans, policies, procedures and controls.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to effectively interact with internal stakeholders, regulators, and external auditors.


Excellent basic salary on offer and great reward package!!

Primary Contact:

Nicky Strutt – for a more detailed job spec

Next Steps:
Please submit your application or speak to a specialist consultant from the Abacus team on 0044 (0) 28 9031 3157 for a confidential discussion. We aim to respond to all inquiries within 4 business hours.
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