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Law Firm Head of Compliance – Qualified Lawyer (With or Without Previous Compliance Experience Required)

£ Market rate + Bonus & Benefits (inc Flexible Working) | Newcastle
Ref: 3476R

UK & Ireland / Data Privacy & Protection / Compliance (inc Conduct Risk/COBS) / Anti Money Laundering (inc CDD/KYC) / Permanent

Our client, a leading regional law firm, is looking for a qualified lawyer to be the Head of Risk and Compliance.  Reporting to the Managing Partner, your duties will include;
• Represent the business as the firm’s Compliance Officer for Legal Practice (COLP), Data Protection Officer (DPC) and Anti-Money Laundering Officer (AMLO).
• Review and define the risk and compliance framework for the client to include risk assessments in respect of the scale and scope of the client’s risk.
• Ensure the effectiveness of internal controls and systems in respect of recording and reporting material breaches to the SRA, ICO or the NCA as appropriate
• Provide advice, management and development of the client’s risk and compliance systems
• Take the lead with the annual Lexcel accreditation
• Be responsible for the investigation and recording of actual and potential breaches – to include reporting and recommendations for remedial action plans
• Act as the primary relationship contact for the SRA, ICO, Lexcel and any other appropriate regulatory bodies.
• Ensure that all compliance & risk policies and procedures are updated
• Act as the point of contact for client related data protection enquiries
You must be a qualified lawyer, either with previous experience in a similar department/function or else from a fee earning/PSL background in a regulated practise now, looking to specialise in the ever growing & secure field of Compliance.  NB Although this is a full time role, there may be scope to flex the hours (or possibly work from home one day a week).
For a confidential no obligation discussion, please feel free to call David Symes FCA on 020 7330 6966 or send your details to him at

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