The team advises fund managers, advisers, other service providers and investors on a range of matters relating to their work and ongoing strategic issues.
The team has exceptional market knowledge and is responsible for providing extensive and finely tuned advice to their clients. Many of their clients' projects bring together a number of disciplines; frequently drawing on the expertise of the firm’s banking and finance, commercial, corporate, employment, real estate and tax lawyers to provide a seamless service, however complex the work.
The team currently comprises five partners, 15 solicitors, four trainees and six paralegals.
The role is working for Macfarlanes but dedicated to a particular client. Key duties are:
- assisting Macfarlanes and the client with meeting KYC (know your client) due diligence requests in respect of investors and counterparties;
- ensuring the client is compliant with AML (anti-money laundering) regulations; and
- assisting with communications with the client, its investors and the client’s other advisers in relation to tax forms relating to investments in the client’s products.
It is highly likely that one or more visits to the client will be required and so this is a great opportunity for a candidate to experience a role in private practice as well as have visibility as to life on the client side.
There may be wider work within the investment management group that will be requested of the candidate when not carrying out the specific client work mentioned above.
The candidate will also need softer skills to mediate between the stringent AML/KYC requirements and what investors are prepared to provide.
About the candidate
The right candidate will possess strong academic qualifications from A Levels, have a minimum 2:1 degree and have completed the legal practice course. Ideally the candidate will have worked at a bank or asset manager and have KYC and AML experience.
The individual will be self-motivated, organised, interested in, and committed to providing high quality technical legal support in a practical context to fee earners. Strong attention to detail is essential, along with excellent time management skills and a meticulous approach to work.
The candidate must be self-motivated, take a pro-active stance, able to work independently following appropriate instruction or in a team, and take responsibility for the work product delivered.
Please note that the job description is not exhaustive and may vary in line with changes in the team’s objectives and firm’s policy.
We have a development programme for non-qualified fee earners that our paralegals attend to equip them with the broad range of skills and knowledge they require to be effective in their roles. The programme also includes sessions covering essential legal and business skills required at the start of a career in law. For the right candidate, this role could either provide an opportunity for a long-term analyst position or potentially a stepping stone towards a training contract.
Our commitment to inclusion
At Macfarlanes we understand the importance of an inclusive culture, the continued development of which has been identified as one of our key priorities. Our focus is to foster an inclusive culture throughout the firm, from entry level to partnership. It is about recruiting, retaining and promoting all groups in the firm fairly, and we are continually reviewing our processes to ensure that everyone has the same chance to develop and advance. An inclusive, forward-thinking culture also enables us to provide innovative solutions to our clients.
We welcome applications from people of all backgrounds, bringing different perspectives and experiences, making Macfarlanes an exciting and stimulating place to work. We seek to recruit the best candidates, regardless of gender, race or ethnicity, background, religion, physical abilities, sexual orientation or any other characteristic.