Risk Lawyer


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.

The opportunity for you


This role will sit within the Risk Management team based in London and will report to the Head of Risk.  The successful candidate will also work directly with the Director of Risk on some of the regulatory matters set out below.


The current team is comprised of the Director of Risk, the Head of Risk, a Senior Risk Lawyer who focusses on insurance and claims, a Senior Data Protection Lawyer, an International Risk lawyer who provides support to some of the firm's overseas offices and a paralegal who are all based in London and a Business Acceptance team which is based in Liverpool.  The team supports the UK business and some of the firm's international offices.


The role is focussed on general regulatory compliance and will respond to the demands of the business and the focus of the SRA at any given time.  We are looking for an experienced and adaptable Risk Lawyer who can turn their hand to the requirements of the business.​

Key responsibilities


  • Reviewing, updating and maintaining the firm's engagement letters and Terms of Business;​
  • Reviewing and commenting on client Outside Counsel Guidelines and other client terms and engagement terms provided by overseas lawyers;​
  • Horizon scanning to ensure that we are able to plan in advance for new regulatory guidance and other legislation affecting the firm;​
  • Conducting legal research, particularly in relation to the firm's obligations under the SRA's Standards and Regulations and advising the fee-earners as necessary; ​
  • Drafting risk related documents and policies and internal updates;​
  • Preparing training materials for inductions and other risk related training sessions and delivering training as necessary on regulatory issues;​
  • Maintaining all risk related registers and schedules; ​
  • Dealing with risk related queries in pitch documents and supplier questionnaires and sometimes assisting in co-ordinating responses to such document;​
  • Assisting with a broad range of ad hoc risk related queries sent to the firm's risk management inbox.

Knowledge, skills and experience


  • Qualified solicitor, preferably with experience of working in a large firm, and at least 3 years' experience of SRA regulation;​
  • Working knowledge of regulatory issues affecting solicitors and demonstrable interest in risk and compliance. ​
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to build trust within the business and the team.​
  • Practical and able to provide clearly thought out, pragmatic and creative solutions.​
  • Able to remain calm and professional when working under pressure. ​
  • Team- oriented and willing to assist others in the team when necessary. ​
  • Understands own limitations and able to ask for support.  



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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