Risk Lawyer - International and Projects


London, GB

Department or practice area:  Risk Management

Taylor Wessing


Taylor Wessing is a global law firm that serves the world's most innovative people and businesses. Deeply embedded within our sectors, we work closely together with our clients to crack complex problems, enabling ideas and aspirations to thrive. Together we challenge expectation and create extraordinary results. By shaping the conversation in our sectors, we enable our clients to unlock growth, protect innovation and accelerate ambition. 


With 1000+ lawyers, 300+ partners, 29 offices and 17 jurisdictions we are looking to expand our Risk Management  team, with the addition of a Risk Lawyer - International and Projects.


The opportunity for you


This role sits within the UK Risk Management Team based in the London office and reports to the Director of Risk. The role will involve dealing with all aspects of risk and compliance for the Taylor Wessing offices in Dubai, Ireland and California (the International Jurisdictions) and for other international offices which may be opened by Taylor Wessing UK.  It will also include liaison with the Risk teams in the firm's other international offices which include Germany, France, the Netherlands, the CEE and Hong Kong.  The role will also include dealing with the Risk aspects of some of the firm's projects as they arise.


Key responsibilities



  • Acting as the main Risk point of contact for the International Jurisdictions and working with the broader Risk team to resolve queries arising.
  • Drafting and updating Risk policies for the International Jurisdictions, based on the existing UK policies but tailored to regulation in the particular jurisdiction concerned
  • Assisting with the management of the firm's engagement documentation and Terms of Business for the International Jurisdictions and reviewing and updating them as required;
  • Assisting in the updating of engagement documentation and Terms of Business for international engagements across the Verein;
  • Supporting the Director of Risk (who is also the firm's COLP) in respect of satisfying all regulatory requirements in the International Jurisdictions and providing guidance to those jurisdictions on professional conduct issues;
  • Horizon scanning in relation to regulatory issues likely to affect the International Jurisdictions;
  • Delivering training on risk issues to the International Jurisdictions;
  • Maintaining breaches registers and other registers in order to satisfy regulatory and legislative requirements in the International Jurisdictions;
  • Representing the UK Risk team on international projects to ensure risk issues are considered from the outset;
  • Organising meetings of the International Risk Management Committee including drafting the agenda and writing the minutes for those meetings;
  • Supporting other business services teams and practice area groups with ad hoc queries about risk issues arising in the International Jurisdictions.


Knowledge, skills and experience


  • A person with at least 4 years' experience in a risk and compliance role in a commercial international law firm.
  • Working knowledge of regulatory issues affecting solicitors and lawyers in different jurisdictions.
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to build trust within the business and in the team. Able to provide pragmatic, commercial and creative solutions under pressure;
  • Ability to challenge where required and still maintain relationships, especially in the face of
  • competing demands. Ensuring that knowledge is shared with others in the relevant manner, be it in team meetings, training sessions or via policy.
  • Pro-actively supporting the rest of the risk management team, demonstrating initiative, independence and teamwork.
  • Ability to ensure wider remit and firm objectives are being considered in the context of advice provided.




Here are a select few benefits that Taylor Wessing offer; 


  • Hybrid working (Offering the opportunity to work remotely, while maintaining a social boundary by working from our award-winning offices for 3 days a week) 
  • Holiday (Our basic annual holiday entitlement starts at 25 days, with a further discretionary day of paid leave in December. You may also purchase up to five extra days each year (pro rata). 
  • Enhanced Maternity and Paternity leave (After one-year service, you are entitled to up to 26 weeks leave full pay if you or your partner give birth or adopt a child). 


Along with these there are many more benefits we offer, with the addition of a comprehensive flexible benefits package available. 


Our culture


Nurturing a diverse, inclusive culture allows all of our talent to flourish, sparks creativity and powers innovation.  We continue to build a team that exemplifies inclusivity and reflects the firm's core values: creative, excellence, integrity, responsible, respect and team.  We value and celebrate the differences in who we are, what we have experienced and how we think, so all candidates will be treated fairly regardless of age, caring responsibilities, disability, gender identity, marital status, neurodiversity, pregnancy, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation and socio-economic background. 


The way we work


At Taylor Wessing, we never settle for average. We're creative thinkers, problem solvers and continuous learners who excel at what we do and believe our best work is still ahead of us. We are a firm that's large enough for you to achieve your ambitions, but connected enough to be a true community.  


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