Senior Legal Counsel

Permanent - London, UK

Employment Type Permanent
Type Full time
Location London, UK


JOB SUMMARY (purpose)

To provide legal advice and transaction execution support to the front office and act as a trusted advisor to all functional areas as part of a dynamic legal team at a UK-regulated trade finance bank. To deputise and stand–in for the General Counsel as and when required.


  • Advising on and assisting with all legal matters affecting the Bank, including:
    • Transaction execution
    • Contract reviews
    • Project implementation
    • Legal research and advisory
    • Litigation management
    • Risk and Default management
    • Establishing minimum legal standards across all lines of business
  • Transaction execution will involve primarily:
    • UK residential and commercial real estate finance
    • Cross-border trade finance (including letters of credit and receivables discounting)
    • Cross-border commodity finance (including fund finance, Islamic finance and other structures)
    • Treasury documentation (including ISDA- and GMRA-based)
  • To manage a junior lawyer with a view to becoming the Head of Legal within 2 years
  • Tp manage the ‘day to day’ running of the Bank’s law firm panel
  • Examples of impending bank-wide legal projects include: LIBOR transition; implementation of Regulatory Change impact analysis; and template documentation suite reviews and updates
  • Liaising with, and advising, all business and functional areas of the Bank, including: the Bank’s UK front office; the Bank’s representative offices in Abidjan, Algiers and Tripoli; and Financial Crime Risk, Compliance, Credit/Risk, HR and Procurement
  • Instructing, and liaising with, law firms and managing overseas law firms and legal advice
  • Reviewing documentation against credit approvals; managing documentation risk; managing signings and completions; and managing post-completion matters including perfection filings and other formalities
  • Preparing standard and bespoke documentation
  • Implementing the Bank’s documentation procedures


  • English law qualified with PQE of 4-6 years at a reputable law firm or in-house at a UK-regulated bank or other financial services firm. (Please note, the PQE levels indicated are offered as a guide only and we would welcome applications from all candidates who demonstrate the necessary skills to succeed.)
  • Must have at least 2-3 years of trade finance execution and advisory experience
  • Experience and/or a detailed understanding of Emerging Markets preferably Africa
  • Management experience would be desirable
  • An adaptable self-starter with can-do approach
  • Strong organisational skills with an ability to manage a varied caseload as well as deadlines
  • Excellent change, interpersonal and stakeholder management skills
  • Commercially minded and able to make informed judgements/decisions
  • Co-operative and collaborative approach, especially with colleagues in client facing roles
  • Sets and maintains high performance standards
  • Strong attention to detail, accuracy and completeness
  • Displays energy and enthusiasm and willingness to learn

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